This blog post is a plea for assistance. I’m in the process of co-writing a Loose Parts Play Guide with Theresa Casey and support by the Go2Play team. It’s part of the Scottish Government’s Play Strategy and its approach to supporting people and organisations to make every child’s right to play a reality in Scotland. We already have many contributions from play partners in terms of content and now ask the wider schools, outdoor, culture, play and early years sectors to contribute to what will be a fantastic new resource.
In the first instance, examples from Scotland are needed most of all but innovative practice from anywhere would be great to know about. The deadline is Monday 1st August, so the turnaround time is quick. Please contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. Many thanks in advance.
We are looking for:
Very short case studies that illustrate the wide application of loose parts beyond scrap play projects in schools. A link to a website with more information is helpful. Possible examples may include:
· A museum or art gallery approach to using loose parts
· An outdoor centre’s experience of using loose parts and introducing free play
· Play ranger – street loose parts play
· An nomadic Forest School type of practice
· Secondary school play with loose parts
· ASN – multiple, severe and profound needs or others??? Weave into other case studies?
· Anything else you would like to highlight regarding the use of loose parts.
Quick quotes – One, two or three sentences.
Quotes about the impact of loose parts (including the name of person who said it and/or role, organisation):
· Statistics are helpful.
· Quotes from children
· Impact for children with additional support needs
· Any relevant quotes you particularly love
Quotes that support the impact of loose parts play…
· Children’s health and wellbeing
· Children’s behaviour
· Accident statistics and first aid
· Impact of school grounds improvements on play
· Inside the classroom after lunchtimes
· Parent/janitor/playground/teacher/other stakeholders perspective
Quotes and photos (with permissions) of play activities
· Den building
· Fire play
· Use of tools
· Exploring animals
· Children developing rules
· Staff and adult perceptions – from a range of people/professionals/ages
· Play on beaches, in woodlands and urban areas
· Outside in all weathers snow, sun, rain, etc. – what children do/did/felt
· Changes in play observed in school grounds once loose parts have been introduced
Indoor play with loose parts
Your Top tips and practical advice
· Storage of loose parts
· Routines around use of loose parts
· Best items/resources for play!
· What every playworker needs in their pack…
· Managing mud, mess or dirt
· Communicating with parents, staff, etc.
· Getting ideas for loose parts
Quotes about addressing common concerns, e.g.
Managing mud, mess or dirt
· How to avoid ruining the carpets and giving the cleaners more work.
· Why children need and want to play outside in the rain and other wild weather
· Play fighting
· Rough and tumble play
· Other solutions rather than removing a resource or stopping play when an accident happens
· Managing outright refusals, e.g. The head teacher won’t let us use collected scrap materials
· Throwing snowballs and playing on icy surfaces
· Why children need to play on the playing field all year round… and impact on the playing field when this happens or ways to let this happen without negativity
· How to bring adults on board
· How to move from supervising play to facilitating play
· Other useful references, reading and links