Open Ended Materials and Thinking Made Visible

How do open ended materials promote critical thinking in infants, toddlers and preschoolers?

“In play, loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. Loose parts can be natural or synthetic. Often you will find that children would rather play with materials that they can use and adapt as they please, rather than expensive pieces of play equipment.”

What materials in our programs help us think about thinking? Join us in using what is around us to create natural learning environments that encourage personal experiences and critical thinking.

What theories are the children making and how can we start to interpret their ideas?

Supports the Foundations of Expression and Engagement

CECE Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice July 2017:

Standard II Curriculum and Pedagogy

Standard III: Safety, Health and Well-Being in the Learning Environment

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