Tinkering the key to imagination for Our Lady of Lourdes students

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Tinkering the key to imagination for Our Lady of Lourdes students

Imaginations are running wild at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School at Devonport following the introduction of Loose Parts Play.

The program encourages ‘tinkering’ and involves students pulling things apart, exploring how they work and putting them back together or creating new things.

Anything that can be safely moved, manipulated or changed can be tinkered with.

Students decide how to use the loose parts which include cardboard boxes, plumbing pipes, fabric and old tyres.

Disused raised garden beds at the school have also been incorporated into the program with the addition of sand, gravel, water and tools.

Teacher Eve Gratton explained that Loose Parts Play was a popular activity, particularly for those students not interested in sport.

“We introduced play-based learning inside the classroom for early learning students, especially kinder and prep,’’ Mrs Gratton said.

“Then we thought, ‘If we are doing it inside, why not outside?’”

“Play-based learning is beneficial for social interaction, creativity and problem-solving.’’

The program is popular, not just with younger students, but also with those in grades three to six.

Mrs Gratton said it was amazing what students could create with “a pile of junk.”

“We [teachers] had to move past the thinking that everything needed to look neat and tidy,’’ she said.
“The kids don’t worry about that.

“The messier it is, the happier they are.’’