Loose Parts are recycled resources that can be played with in a multitude of ways. These include: tyres, plastic tubes, guttering, ropes, cable reels, wheels, wooden pallets, barrels, wooden blocks and planks and an assortment of other unique objects!
Using these, pupils are encouraged to be creative in their play, letting their imaginations run wild and turning neglected objects into valuable tools for learning and discovery.
We promote and enable play as a vital form of health and wellbeing support in parallel to the school curriculum, through the supply of resources, play sessions and training.
Our work, supported by Dundee City Council, has explored the many different positive outcomes of Loose Parts Play for pupils. These include improved confidence, teamwork, communication, social skills, educational attainment, curricular engagement and transferable skills.
We offer a range of services, including supported play sessions, delivery of resources, training and a range of reports documenting the benefits and impacts of Loose Parts Play in schools. We are flexible and can adapt our service to meet your school’s specific needs and requirements.
We are currently partnering with Queen Margaret University and Play Scotland to research the impacts of play in secondary schools.
If you are interested in learning more about how we can enable you to develop Loose Parts Play for your pupils, please get in touch for a chat.
Annual contract for Schools
Our team source and deliver Loose Parts for creative play-based learning, which we supply to schools across Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perth.
We offer an annual contract of resources which consists of four deliveries a year, so you receive a whole new set of play materials each school term!
This regular rotation of items keeps play interesting and engaging for pupils and a contract also includes membership for our ScrapStore, which offers a range of cheap recycled creative materials.
Professional Development and Training
We provide Loose Parts Play CLPL training to support anyone working with children and young people to embed play-based learning in their practice.
Our training sessions combine theory with practice, to support practitioners to understand the variety of ways that Loose Parts Play can support children’s learning and development.
Feedback shows that our training empowers staff to feel confident in their role in facilitating and to really click with the concept and psychology behind the use of the resources.
3 hour training session personalised to your school’s needs
Involving up to 24 teachers or support staff
Theory behind LPP and how it benefits students
Exploration of the many different outcomes of LPP for pupils, ie confidence, teamwork, communication, social skills, educational attainment, curricular engagement, transferable skills
Practical aspects and risk assessment guidance
Opportunity for questions and discussion
Can be used to create targeted support for ASN, ESA and Nurture groups
If you are interested in finding out more or booking some training, please get in touch.
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We also offer a range of creative and play workshops. If you are looking for something unique or not listed please get in touch as we have a great team of artists, Play Workers and Youth Workers who can design a workshop just for your school.
Global Citizenship Workshops
2 hour workshop with pupils and teachers to enhance Global Citizenship skills. Different focuses offered, such as; critical and creative thinking, self-awareness and reflection, communication, cooperation and conflict resolution, sustainability and the circular economy.
Play Champion Training
2 hour fun and practical training for P5 pupils to become ‘Play Champions’ - empowering pupils to lead on play and guide their peers in how to use Loose Parts Play resources safely. Encourages pupils to support each other and take ownership of play within the school during break times.
We offer a wide range of creative and craft workshops, from puppet making, mindful art and watercolours to weaving, stone painting and video making. Please contact us for a full workshop menu. We can also create you a bespoke session and our workshops can be linked to curricular learning.
Reports and useful resources
Below you can download a variety of reports which demonstrate the impacts and findings of our projects, as well as a toolkit around Loose Parts Play.
These are free to download and share, as we are passionate about collective learning and sharing the outcomes of our work to best benefit others.
In summer 2023 ScrapAntics were excited to be
asked by Fife Council to help with their Play
Our Loose Parts Play team were able to talk with parents, children and young people aged from 0 to 18 years to find out their thoughts about play spaces and play facilities across Fife.
We created a report with all of the young people's feedback and a toolkit to support other organisations looking to carry out similar consultation.
You can find links to the report, summary and toolkit here