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ERIC Number: EJ1169660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Finding Innovation and Imagination in a Bag of Loose Parts
Dillon, Anna
Childhood Education, v94 n1 p62-65 2018
The third annual research symposium at Zakher KG School in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), presented an exciting opportunity for the 33 teachers in the school to present their findings from classroom-based action research conducted within their professional learning communities. In this brief article, one attendee describes an unexpected takeaway from the symposium: a simple reminder of the value of loose parts--open-ended play materials and manipulatives that children can use in a variety of ways--and unstructured play. She describes an unplanned activity with her children, ages 6 and 7, that highlighted how a bag of loose parts offers opportunities to create, invent, innovate, and learn. It sparked curiosity and wonder and prompted sorting and classifying according to materials, size, and number.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates
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