Ultimate Outdoor Loose Parts List for Fall!
As an outdoor educator in Canada, Fall can provide all sorts of fun opportunities for amazing play and I have found many loose parts work differently as the weather changes. I want to share what I have learned for those of us who want to use loose parts as the leaves start to fall and the weather starts to get chilly! These loose parts will work great in your backyard, schoolyard, local park or any outdoor space. They are fun and useable with light mittens for chilly mornings, and for warmer afternoons. The last thing I love about loose parts is the nature of these items makes them affordable and easy to source. Send this list to parents, friends and family and you will have a supply within no time.
What is a Loose Part?
Loose parts are open-ended objects children can use to build, create and play. They are often recycled natural or found materials. They don't have a fixed purpose and can be used in a multitude of ways. We often can see the value of loose parts when we laugh about how children prefer the box the toy came in over the actual toy. This is because the box is open-ended and can change to be whatever the child's imagination desires it to be while the toy might have a fixed purpose and lose its entertainment value once its purpose has been explored or discovered.
These are items that you may have laying around in excess, or can easily find at a second-hand shop, or ask friends and family to donate.
Metal Pots and Pans
Rubber Ice Cube Trays
Old Sheets/ Large Fabric Scraps
5 Gallon Buckets
Small Garden Shovel
Pipettes and/or Droppers
These are items that you keep from your everyday recycling, they are also things recycled from building projects/ or other more commercial uses.
PVC Pipe and Connectors
Empty Yogurt, Sour Cream, or Other Containers
Ice Cream Pails
Small Car Tires
Wooden Spools Large and Small
Cardboard Recycling ( boxes and other cardboard items)
These are items found in nature
Pine Cones ( all shapes and sizes)
Sticks Large and Small
Wood Cookies ( Large and Small)
Share this List with friends, or co-workers to bring your outdoor play to the next level this fall. We love seeing others get inspired, tag us in all your awesome outdoor play on social media @playcreativeseeds or join one of our outdoor play programs for more inspiration and ideas. We hope this helps with new outdoor play ideas all fall long.