“Loose Materials” are powerful in
provoking children to think and
Their very suggestive nature calls the
children into the process of weaving what they already know and have
experienced in the world with new
potentialities and perceptions of what could be. These materials encourage children to
notice beauty, diversity and detail.
In this way, as constructivist would
suggest, children build and rebuild, while
engaging with the materials, an
increasing awareness of the world and their place in it.
Each material offers its own particular qualities to the child and each child
offers his or her particular qualities and
experiences to each material. As the child
engages he/she builds a new
understanding of the richness and
complexities of the world.