Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials--acorns, hardware, stones, aluminium foil, fabric scraps, for example--that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. They capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. With more than 550 color photographs of many kinds of loose parts in real early childhood settings, classroom stories, and a dynamic overview, this book provides inspiration and information about the ways loose parts support open-ended learning, enhance play, and empower children. With loose parts, the possibilities are endless.
Lisa Daly, MA, is professor of early childhood education at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, California, USA, and passionate about creative arts. Miriam Beloglovsky, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, USA, and has had the pleasure of advising and guiding students for over 25 years.