Loose Parts Play in the Playground

Our projects in the East of Scotland have been actively engaging with local nurseries and primary schools by supporting a ‘Loose Parts’ play in the playground.

This program is an educational experience that is delivered in the playground setting which is supported by teachers. The purpose is to encourage children and pupils to take their learning outdoors by using their imagination to play with a different set of resources which can include tyres, bread baskets, piping, tarpaulins, wooden planks and plastic guttering etc.

These might seem unusual play items but the idea is that they can be used in many different ways, allowing children to make anything from a pirate ship, building, castle to an assault course or den. Loose parts play improves children’s wellbeing and has been proven to improve children’s behaviours in the playground.

The majority of our site teams are more than happy to get involved by gathering as many resources as possible from site for the teachers to implement in the playground.

By engaging in this program it not only allows us to recycle any unused materials and put them to good use, but it also allows us to engage, identify and nurture any potential local talents in the communities in which we aim to transform.

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