Learning Outside with Loose Parts

  • Author: Jacqueline Whelan, Meadowlands Public School, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Themes: Diversity & inclusion, Environment
  • Division: K-Grade 5
  • Available in: English
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

This outdoor module challenges students to create a butterfly habitat which meets the animal’s basic needs (e.g., air, water, food, and shelter) using loose parts. Loose parts play is a type of experiential learning which encourages creativity as students re-imagine everyday objects and transform them into something new. While students are guided to follow safety procedures when handling loose parts, there is no one right way to use these materials.