A Loose Parts Letter And List For Parents


A loose parts letter and list to parents. Loose parts are materials that children can move, manipulate, control, combine, and change throughout their play.

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.

Kind regards,

[name / place]

Loose Parts List Outdoors

  • Crates
  • Old keyboard / phones (without the cords)
  • Pipes
  • Traffic cones
  • Buckets
  • Cardboard boxes / tubes
  • Tyres
  • Wood planks
  • Wood cable reels
  • Tarpaulin
  • Logs

Loose Parts List Indoors

  • Driftwood
  • Flooring samples
  • Pine cones
  • Fabric
  • Corks
  • Bottle caps
  • Scarves
  • Shells
  • Feathers
  • Large Walnut Shells
  • Flowers

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.

Categories: Loose Parts

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