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Thursday, February 22 • 10:30 - 12:00
Loose Parts Outdoor Play: Better play makes better schools

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Ropes, planks, logs, rocks and boxes may not seem meaningful in an educational setting; however, these types of open-ended materials - loose parts - advance children’s learning. When loose parts are combined with outdoor play, children’s learning opportunities are further expanded and maximized. Understanding the magic of loose parts can support you in deepening and enriching children’s learning experiences, development and therefore, their academic success. You don’t have to choose between play and learning.In this session, you will learn about how loose parts in outdoor play become the impetus for academic skills and knowledge as well as fundamental life skills, engage in loose parts play outside, and learn about the evidence based practice of loose parts outdoor play in a school setting from other provinces and countries. A small portion of the session will be held outside rain/snow or shine so please dress appropriately to the weather. Come play with loose parts and learn how better play can make better schools!


Bora Kim

Bora Kim is a faculty in the Early Childhood Education program at Lethbridge College. She holds a Master’s degree in Child and Youth Study and advocates children’s healthy and active life styles through outdoor play.

Thursday February 22, 2018 10:30 - 12:00 MST
L 1168 University Library, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4