Wood Reuse Loose Parts are used all around the classroom. From using big old chair legs as ramps to balancing corks on a tower to using wood frames as a backdrop for designing in art, Wood Reuse Parts are multidimensional!
Wood Reuse Loose Parts
Reused golf tees donated from local driving range.
Wine corks saved and washed from local restaurants.
Old wood frames found at Thrift Store.
Wood floor samples donated from flooring store.
Popsicle sticks of different sizes found at the Dollar Store.
Old chair legs from thrift store finds.
List of Wood Reuse Loose Parts
- Wooden Beads
- Golf Tees
- Chair Legs
- Wooden Blocks
- Hardwood Floor Scraps
- Napkin Rings
- Wood Scraps
- Wood Pegs
- Scrabble Pieces
- Wood Frames
- Puzzle Pieces
- Wood People
- Thread Spools
Where to Find These?
I always start looking around my own home and outside in nature. Then I turn to the people around me and my families in my classroom for reused or recycled items. Finally, I treasure hunt at garage sales, thrift stores, and businesses for good deals and donations!
It’s important to note that loose parts are supposed to things you don’t spend a lot if any money on. Reusing the beauty around us and making someones trash our treasure is important. It’s not just about ‘pretty’ things but what you can do with open ended materials.
Having the wonder filled imagination as a child opens so many doors to the possibilities of using spools or corks or blocks to explore and create and learn as the child should!
3 Examples of Wood Reuse in the Classroom
Spools! My favorite! A big one for use as a table or little ones for building in construction!
You can even make chairs out of spools!
Putting magnets on the back of corks or scrabble pieces is a great idea!
There are endless possibilities for using these materials in your classroom!
How will YOU use Wood Reuse Loose Parts in your room?
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Really interests in the loose parts ideas and how to implement this kind of creativity within the classroom and outdoors
Thank you! I love the idea about old chair legs. I will definitely use that in my classroom.
The loose parts thinking is our everyday thinking with the children. I am always reading your blogs for more inspiration. The loose parts ebook has helped me tremendously and the other teachers.
Thank you so much! I am so thrilled the ebook was useful! Big hugs! ~ Sally
I love all your loose part blog entries and ideas! I am collecting and collecting!
It’s amazing what you can re-purpose when thinking about loose parts! I know the children will love the new additions!
I love the creativity this will lead the children to. Looking forward to reading more.
It’s amazing to watch the creativity bubble up in the children when they have such materials with which to work!
I LOVE the metal drip pan used as a magnet board! I’m assuming that’s what it is, but where can I find a good one? It has to be metal, not aluminum for magnets to stick, correct? Thanks again!
Love the ideas! Lots of great inspiration to use these different loose parts.
I have found your activities really interactive for preschoolers.