Playsmart Playgroups: Loose Parts & Playdough
In business since April, '15
An open-ended class that encourages self-directed play using materials of various textures and characteristics. Loose parts activities offers lots of opportunities for fine motor skill development and freedom of expression.
Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. Loose parts is the label given to any collection of natural or man-made materials that can be used to expand upon children’s play. Loose parts have no specific function or goal. They can be moved, arranged, designed, taken apart and more! The concept was originally created in 1972 by architect Simon Nicholson who describe the use of open-ended materials in a child’s environment, which he believed was strongly linked to creativity and critical thinking later in life.
Every class will start with making a fresh batch of play dough with a different color, scent, or mix-in and incorporating loose parts materials into the mix.
Flow of each Play Smart Playgroup:
50 minute lesson led by experienced instructor on a particular topic
20 minute group snack time to model good eating practices
20 minute playtime to facilitate cooperative play for the students and open discussion among parents