Using Loose Parts to Create Dragonflies

The exploration of dragonflies continues! The students were invited to build a dragonfly by using loose parts.
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Loose parts inspire children to use their imagination and creativity on their own terms and in a unique way. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways.

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It can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set of specific directions for materials that are considered loose parts. The child is the direction.

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This provocation was provided so we could allow the children to be creative and innovative, which we believe is just as essential to learn as reading and writing. We encourage the children to experiment and engage.

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Children  created their own version of dragonflies and used the loose parts as a “tool” to describe the various parts.  They created a unique representation  of a dragonfly by using their own creativity and individuality. Their were no two pieces that were alike and majority were used as different parts for different purposes.

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The link below shares some information about the theory of loose parts:

http://www.aneverydaystory.com/2013/03/05/the-theory-of-loose-parts/

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