Turning loose parts into art

Who would have thought that giving the students a basket full of loose parts would spark an artistic masterpiece.

The preschool children have been learning about squares. Throughout the room the children found different centers set up with activities involving squares. From reading the “Perfect Square” by Michael Hall, to cutting up our own squares and making our own creations out of them.

The process the children spent the most time on, was a loose parts mosaic activity. The students were lining up at the table waiting to give it a try.

What is a loose parts mosaic?

Loose parts are odds and ends things that the students can bring from home or objects we find outside while exploring. Loose parts can be anything from bottle caps, applesauce lids, rocks, sticks, pompoms, etc. So for our activity we set out a basket of loose parts along with a set of boxes that were different shapes. We set out a square, oval, heart and a star. The objective of the activity was to line the bottom of the boxes with the different loose parts and create their own mosaic with the different shapes, colors and and other loose parts objects.

It absolutely blew my mind how creative the students got with these. What caught my attention was how intentional the students were with their creations. The different patterns they chose and being persistent in finding what fit where, really reminded me how bright these children really are. They loved getting to create a mosaic, show us what they made, then dumping it out and making a whole new different creation! The entire time you could see the gears in their heads turning.

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By |2018-11-02T09:56:09+00:00September 16th, 2018|

About the Author:

Hello Everyone, my name is Ally Frazier! This is my first year working with Deborah and Lauren and I am beyond excited to begin my journey here. I help Deborah run our super busy Teach Preschool social media platforms as well as teach with Miss Lauren in the preschool classroom.


  1. Rosanne Sommers September 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Love this! I am curious where you got the shaped boxes? Thanks!

    • Deborah Stewart September 19, 2018 at 11:25 am - Reply

      From Hobby Lobby!

  2. Taneal Stutzman September 21, 2018 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! I am currently at student at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska and I am in a Digital Literacy class. I am double majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education. I think this activity would be a great way to have the students use their critical thinking skills to put pieces together to fit inside different shaped objects and it can also teach them that just random things that you find at home could be a learning tool. I think that having different little-shaped objects is a great way to keep them thinking about how to place them in the boxes! Thanks for sharing!

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