Can I tell you how much I love ‘loose parts’ play?
I love it, my kids love, we all really really love it!
Before I’d heard of it’s trendy name we called it ‘tiny treasures‘ play as my kids always thought the glass gems and other little things were like treasures! But ‘loose parts’ is a much better word for it, because the things we include in this kind of open-ended, child lead, play are not always tiny!
This week we’ve been having a ball with some loose parts with one special item added in – some facial features!
This is such a simple activity but it has really sparked my children’s imagination and caused lots of giggles!
I simple collected some family photos, and added in some copyright free images from the internet for variety, and digitally ‘cut out’ the facial features. Printed on to photo paper and cut out they made a great invitation to create faces, or entire people.
You could collect images from magazines and do the same thing, or check out the end of this post for a free printable to get you started.
We added a bunch of loose parts – tooth picks, wooden rings and half rungs, string and wool pieces, icy-pole sticks, wooden mosaic shapes, glass nuggets and plastic gems, and some rubber bands.
I put a large sheet of paper down to make a clear space for our creations and invited Noah (aged four) to see what he could create.
I love that this person has blue earrings and dangerously spiky eyelashes!
Noah and I laughed as we created lots of very strange faces together, and while we giggled Noah was also working on lots of fine motor skills that he’ll need for writing, We also named the facial features, and chatted about how we could tell if someone was happy, sad, surprised, or scared. We also discussed the differences in how we look – some people have blue eyes like Noah and I, some people have brown, some people have a small, nose some have a long nose, but despite our differences we are all the same as we all have eyes, a nose, a mouth, ears etc.
As always, the seal of approval for an activity around here is when the big kids come home from school and can’t wait to join in! We spent all afternoon making some really crazy faces!
Make your own Crazy Faces with a Free Printable.
If you’d like a head start on making your own crazy face activity, you can download the facial features we used in this free printable pdf here or click on the image below.
Is it just me or do all those dismembered facial features look a little creepy??
Do you love loose parts play too?
What little (or big) treasures do you include in your loose parts play?