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Loose Parts Reggio inspired play

Updated: Mar 26

“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.”

-Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach


Loose parts can be anything from recycled bottle tops to acorns to wooden rings. I dyed all of our loose parts with food coloring. It’s cheaper to buy unfinished wood parts and it lets you have a rainbow of colors.


Loose parts book inspired designs Leo Leoni‘s Chameleon

Loose parts are great for imaginative play they are great for fine motor development. Last year we didn’t have a loose parts play station and now it’s in my top 10 toys for kids.

Bottle cap cloud



Shells and vase filler

mirror mandala


Light table pebbles


Lego plates make a great sky


For children 3 and up here is our list of loose parts: Straws, plastic animals, rings, pebbles, wooden discs, wooden beads, cloths pins, plastic caps, counting pegs, necklaces, game pieces, buttons, feathers, string, sticks, dowels, pine cones, pattern blocks, acorns, wood rounds, Pom poms, Q tips, popsicle sticks, stones, blocks, grass balls, seeds, spools of thread, ring holders, dominos, Barbie shoes, wooden stars, vase filler, wooden snowflakes, lego wheels, twigs.

Osmo has created silicon loose parts that are perfect


Make your own loose parts as a craft stringing pony beads or glass beads onto wire or string.

Cut some reusable silicone straws into 3rds for perfect non toxic loose parts.

Grimms 4 elements wooden toys have a million uses and my kids love them and play with them every day.

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