You can build anything out of loose parts including a loose parts snowflake. After all, no two snowflakes are exactly the same.
I love almost any kind of activity that includes the use of loose parts. Loose parts has a way of bringing out the best of creative thinking! To set up this activity, we filled a couple of muffin tins with loose parts snowflake materials such as blue and crystal gems, small glass stones, craft sticks, pipe cleaners, and pompoms.
Will the children make something they can take home?
The short answer to this question is, “no.” This activity is simply to promote creative thinking, building, and design. The nice thing about centers such as this, is that you can get your favorite materials and use them over and over again since they won’t be going home. And the children enjoy checking out all the different materials – especially if they are beautiful or unique.
There is no right or wrong…
The other thing I like about loose parts is that there is no right or wrong when comes to what the children decide to do. Although we prompted the children to make a snowflake, they certainly could have went off in a different direction. But most of the children found the challenge of building a snowflake to be an interesting idea.
Sometimes, when I see a child working alone, I will stop by to see if I can join in. I don’t always join in. It all depends on whether the child would like a little social interaction or if I can provide a little modeling of other ideas that the child might enjoy trying. Sometimes, joining in can limit the child’s thinking. It all depends on the child.
In this case, the little girl knew exactly what she wanted to do with the materials and so we just chatted and put together our own snowflake ideas with the loose parts.
Do you ever just stop and watch the children at work. I love seeing how they will process or build on an idea and am always reminded just how creative and capable they really are.
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