12 Tinkering and Loose Parts

Child with rocks, paper, and markers

READ FIRST– Learn about some of the benefits of block play by reading the noted section from the resource below.

CHOOSE ONE– Select at least one of the resources below to learn more about tinkering and loose parts.

In this article, McGallaird and Wintroub describe how tinkering supports children’s development of STEM skills.

In this article from Community Playthings, Daly & Beloglovsky share the historical beginnings of the theory of loose parts as well as the developmental benefits of this type of play for infants and toddlers.


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