3 Ways To Play Using One Set of Loose Parts!

When it comes to planning activities and invitations to play, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel every single time just to keep your little ones engaged.  In fact, children can actually benefit from repeated exposure or revisiting the same materials in a variety of ways. 

Today I wanted to show you how I used the same set of loose parts to create 3 unique invitations for some winter inspired play. You may notice in the photos I did use a couple of extra items that I had in the cupboard, but in general the loose parts I used were:

  • Pompoms
  • Bells
  • Snowflake Gems

1. Dry Sensory Bin

I used a fake snow for this sensory bin, but you could create a similar wintery wonderland with rice, cotton balls, dry oats, cloud dough, or painted chickpeas.  (My son is vehicle obsessed, so of course I added by some snow plows for him!)


2. Water Play

Add the items to some water play with some scoops, or take it one step further and freeze some of the items into cubes or an ice block.  The water changes the experience with the materials; for example the pompoms act like mini sponges or you can test out what sinks or floats!


3. Tracing Boards/Empty Puzzles

Put out a tray of loose parts with a tracing board or empty puzzle and let your little one use the items to fill the spaces.  This activity also invites your little ones to explore concepts like in/out or full/empty. Add some tweezers to transfer the items and promote fine motor development.


I chose these three activities to share, but it doesn’t have to stop there! You could use these same items to create sensory bottles for baby or use them with a ten frame & dice for a math activity. There are so many ways to play, and hopefully sharing these variations inspires you to find ways to extend the life of your own materials too!

If you try any of these activities we’d love to see! Tag us on Instagram at @inspired.to.play!

Be inspired to play always!

❤️ Hannah

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