Here is a collection of loose parts play and PLAY quotes I collected recently. Which resonate with you?
“In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kinds of variables in it.”
“Children learn most readily and easily in a laboratory-type environment where they can experiment, enjoy and find out things for themselves.”
“A ‘loose-parts’ toy, as Nicholson defined it, is open-ended; children may use it in many ways and combine it with other loose-parts through imagination and creativity . . . Nature, which excites all the senses, remains the richest source of loose parts.”
“Nature is imperfectly perfect, filled with loose parts and possibilities, with mud and dust, nettles and sky, transcendent hands-on moments and skinned knees.” Richard Louv
“The natural connections children make to formal learning through the use of open ended and naturalistic resources should be a motivation to all adults to ensure that these are freely available to young children both indoors and outdoors.”
“Play is the highest form of research.”
“Play is our favorite way of learning.”
“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.”
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”
“A child loves his play, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.”
“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the play child advances forward to new stages of mastery."
Erik H. Erikson
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
O. Fred Donaldson
As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past. As weather reporters and restaurant workers they make sense of reality; as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.
Which are your favorite loose parts and play quotes? I'm getting ready for a presentation and would love your feedback! Do you have other favorite PLAY or LOOSE PARTS PLAY!