Our favourite toys: Loose parts

Little Hands provides a wide range of activities and learning opportunities for our children to access and the staff love to get stuck into these activities! Our favourite open ended (something with more than one intended use) resource has got to be loose parts. Loose parts can come in all shapes and sizes. They range from log slices, pine cones, metal cogs, wooden sticks, curtain hoops, corks or large buttons. Generally, loose parts are made from natural materials such as wood and metal. This makes them sturdy, able to last and a great sensory experience for all ages. We have a wide range of loose parts in our settings that children get to explore on a daily basis. 



Further reading about loose parts for families here. Further reading for professionals here.


The reason these are a great open ended resource, is because they really help children promote their imagination! Children can develop their own role play scenarios using resources which can be used in a wide variety of ways. To further develop children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development loose parts encourages more successful play with repeats of the same object and less need to share a specific individual item.  Children can sort and organise groups of loose parts to promote pattern recognition, size sorting and lots of other mathematical concepts.  Physical development is practiced often when children pick up smaller loose parts items and increase their fine and gross motor skills. 



Little Hands first introduced loose parts to children’s play a few years ago. Our staff team have noticed how children really enjoyed playing with them and how engaged children are because they get to use their imagination and could extend their own learning by adding loose parts to their play. Our team have observed loose parts become a pizza, enclosures for animals, sensory experiences for children because of various textures and also ingredients for a cake!! 

With loose parts, the possibilities are endless and they are a really inexpensive resource to help build children’s imaginations. 



102-104 Brettell Lane, Amblecote, West Midlands, DY8 4BS

T: 01384 441441
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Nursery Manager: Lara Owen & Bev Ramsell

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Nursery Manager: Clare Fereday

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Nursery Manager: Lara Owen & Lucy Brettle

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