Don’t get locked in to the idea that loose parts have to be physical objects. In his Theory Of Loose Parts, Simon Nicholson explained that concepts were loose parts as well. Adults can make play spaces more inviting when they consider ways to support children in investigating concepts–like this one. Asking, “How do I create a space where kids can bump up against the idea of balancing?” is a great starting place.

Since young children are experience-based learners, playing with the concept requires the assistance of physical loose parts like bikes, skateboards, trees, wall, logs, balance beams, stairs, hills, and surfboards.

Looking for more about balance? You can’t go wrong with Angela Hanscom’s Book.

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