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Theory of loose parts

The theory of loose parts is the theory that free play using ad hoc daily materials can be beneficial to a child’s mental and physical health.

The concept of the theory of loose parts has been attributed to architect Simon Nicholson in the 1970s. It has been used in playgrounds in the United Kingdom and other areas in Europe as far back as the post-war era.

(with thanks for this definition to An Everyday Story)

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