I’ve often needed to write up a loose parts letter and list for parents. To make life that little bit easier I’ve drafted up a helpful and basic template for you to use. Just copy and paste to a word document and fill in the gaps. I recommend searching Google or Pinterest for various images of loose parts to accompany the letter.
Dear parents and caregivers,
Loose parts are an open-ended play resource providing infinite opportunities and possibilities for the creative mind.
We are committed to improving the children at [name of place] play time resources, and by doing so we are introducing the use of ‘loose parts’ into our outdoor / indoor play space. Loose parts are materials that children can move, manipulate, control, combine, and change throughout their play. They enable children to experiment without a pre-determined outcome or a ‘right’ way to do things.
We are therefore beginning a loose parts collection from a range of materials that children can use in their play. Please see our list below. If you have any items you wish to donate place them in [location]. Please ensure all items are safe for children to handle. If you are unsure ask a teacher.
We look forward to setting up our loose parts play space for the children to explore. If you have any questions you are welcome to ask a teacher, we’d be happy to help.
Thank-you for your support.
[name / place]
Loose Parts List Outdoors
- Old keyboard / phones (without the cords)
- Traffic cones
- Cardboard boxes / tubes
- Wood planks
- Wood cable reels
Loose Parts List Indoors
- Flooring samples
- Pine cones
- Bottle caps
- Large Walnut Shells
I’ve created a more detailed Loose Parts Material List that may be handy. Click here
If you live in New Zealand, you may find The Hidden Treehouse as a good source for all things Loose Parts.