Loose parts seem to be on everyone’s mind at The Parenting Place these days. Setting up our work areas after the construction is done is very satisfying – except for the loose parts that seem to be everywhere – the missing ones you’re searching for like your own personal stapler, your clock, your favorite vase – and then the genuine loose parts nobody wants to claim – and we wonder, “what shall we do with these?”
Most of my co-workers usually stop and ask me first “Do you want this box, this tube, these shells, these pieces of cardboard?”
For they know the pleasure I get from finding really special loose parts to add to the “junk” that children love to use. Those of you who have come to our Children’s Festival are familiar with the loose parts we collect for our Art Factory. There’s something so real, so intriguing, so empowering for a child to sort through these loose parts – both recycled and nature’s – select their favorites and let their imaginations soar.
That’s why I never get tired of sharing ideas with parents about how easy it is to provide this type of play, curiosity and satisfaction at home and why it is so significant.
Coming up on Monday, May 16th from 6-7:30 PM at The Parenting Place, there’s a Parent Discussion Circle on this very topic – “Don’t Throw Away Your Child’s Favorite Toys”. Registration is necessary for this discussion group. Limited childcare is available. Call 784-8125 to register.
Loose parts – we love you!