Biodegradable cornstarch packing peanuts are great loose parts for creative projects, dramatic play, and sensory play. (FYI: Cornstarch seems to be the preferred starch used in biodegradable packing peanuts, but soy based starch and other materials are used.) The novel thing about them is that with a little moisture they will stick together--and with a … Continue reading Loose Parts Ideas | Cornstarch Packing Peanuts
Craft sticks (or Popsicle sticks), make great loose parts because they can be used in so many different ways and spark ideas in the heads of busy children. Top left photo byThea Cammie
In these photos we're concentrating on the composite decking, the tan/brown boards. Composite decking is weather resistant and won't splinter or rot which is great for all outdoor environments. If you know someone who is putting in a deck have them save the scrap pieces for you: small, medium and large.
Block books are made from those books that have seen better days or after you've done a book audit. Wrap books in duct tape, because duck tape is sturdy and can hold up to the adventures of play. You can use the go to/have around gray or splurge and use the newer colorful types.
Those lovely plastic gift cards and key cards that seem to accumulate during certain times of the year. They're durable and can be used in several learning centers.
Hair ties, they're not just for your hair. These loose parts come in a variety of sizes and colors. Kids will use the them on geo boards, launch them like rubber bands, chain them together, pretend they're cereal, style each others hair, and more.
Bricks, we see them in the home centers, houses are made from them and even sidewalks are roads were back in the day. Yes, they can cause a bit of worry so do a risk benefit assessment before putting them into your environment.