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“Little Bird” by Germano Zullo is the launching point for this fabulous flight into the world of loose parts play. In these activities you will find unexpected treasures and build a collection of precious tiny parts to play with again and again.

Tiny Loose Parts

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Tiny Loose Parts

Image of two children looking through a tray of loose parts and engaging in Play-based Learning Activities at Home


  • 1 sectioned tray such as a muffin tin, jewelry box, ice cube tray or egg carton
  • A small tray/cookie sheet to play on
  • Create a collection of tiny loose parts. Here are some suggestions:
Bits of ribbonButtonsStraws cut into bitsPost-it notes
ShellsLittle stonesPompomsBottle caps
Glass gemsString or woolNuts and boltsCoins
BeadsFabric scrapsWashers
Paper clips
Image of a muffin tin filled with loose parts such as wires, pompoms, and scrabble tiles.


  • Organize your tiny parts into each section of your tray.
  • Set your organized collection on the floor or the table.
  • Place your 2nd, empty tray, nearby.
Image of a young child engaged in a play-based learning activity at home using loose parts such as pebbles, pink sticky notes, and pompoms.


Explore and create with your tiny loose parts:

  • Will you build with your items?
  • Can you sort them into categories?
  • What if you line them up and count them?
  • Will you make a unique collage or sculpture with your loose parts?

Play your way! What can you do with these open-ended materials?

Why Play This Way?

Loose parts are the best! They can be found in a junk drawer, at the bottom of your bag, in your recycling bin, etc. These everyday treasures can be found just about anywhere! As natural explorers, children will love to arrange, line up and experiment with their loose parts. Not only that but as they play, they will get to exercise their fine motor, social, mathematical and problem-solving skills. When used with a friend, children will also enjoy an open-ended social adventure rife with possibilities. Best of all, your tiny loose parts collection can be re-sorted and packed up to be used again on another day for a whole new adventure.

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Image of a suggested book: Little Bird by Germano Zullo.

“Little Bird” by Germano Zullo

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