Loose Parts Fridays invites you to join us from your homes to follow your child’s lead and support them to try out their own ideas using loose parts and our thematic play prompts.
For the next four Loose Parts Fridays, we'll be using our toolkits from Week 1: Getting Started.
Week 1: Isolation Instruments
This week we’re getting inspired by stories from around the world of people finding ways to connect while in isolation by sharing music and songs with their neighbours from balconies, windows and gardens.
Can you use your Loose Parts Toolkit to make an instrument, or an object for making sound? Could you create something to shake, bang, twang or pluck? How about inventing a way to make your voice or instrument louder? Try performing a concert for your neighbours from your window tonight.
We’d love to see your weird and wonderful noise-makers! Use the hashtag #collectiveplay to share your loose parts photos and stories – each week we’ll be featuring some of our favourites.
Week 2: Window on the World
You may have noticed lots of windows being decorated with rainbows in your area, helping to lift the spirits of passers-by. This week, we're asking you to use your window as a canvas.
Can you make a display or decoration for people walking by to see? Maybe you'll make a rainbow by painting or colouring some of your loose parts, create a display of some of the things you’ve been making, or perhaps start a game with your neighbours?
Week 3: The Perfect Park
While we're all staying indoors as much as possible at the moment, parks have become an important part of many people's daily exercise, but it can be difficult to play in and explore them in the same ways we used to.
This week, have a go at making your own perfect park in miniature! Maybe you're dreaming of a skate park with ramps, rails and ridges? Or perhaps you could use your loose parts to design the perfect playground with rope swings, see-saws and roundabouts?
Week 4: Dens
Are you getting fed up of looking at the same rooms in your house? This week we're asking you to use your loose parts to make a whole new space within a space. You might need to gather some additional loose parts for this: blankets, pillows and soft things will work well.
There are lots of different ways to build a den or fort, and we'd like to see how creative you can be! How many people can fit inside your den? Does it have a door? Or windows? Maybe it even has some furniture made from your loose parts inside?