Loose parts for babies - schematic play

Materials Required

  • Bangles, small hoops, curtain rings
  • Piece of fabric (e.g. cloth hanky or thick ribbon)
  • Basket or small container

Optional materials

Cup tree - to hang bangles on

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Play Experience Preparation

Collect the items - Choose a flat, smooth surface to play where you and your baby are comfortable e.g. a low pile carpet.

Experience Steps

  1. Present your baby with the collection of bangles/hoops.
  2. Allow them to explore as they wish, staying close by.
  3. Explore the collection yourself alongside your baby. You might like to put the bangle on and off your wrist, spin or roll the bangle.
  4. Pay close attention to your baby as you explore the collection and take note of what interests them.
  5. Respond to their reaction - e.g. if you spin the bangle and this excites your child, acknowledge their excitement and do it again. prompt them to communicate with you by asking, "again?'' before repeating the action.
  6. You might like to imitate your child's engagement or narrate their engagement.
  7. Allow your child to explore the items freely and in a way that interests them.

What to talk about, or questions to ask during the experience

  • Describe what's happening (roll, spin)
  • Offer instructional language (more, stop, again)

Build on this...

  • Revisit this play on a number of occasions

WHO guidelines for physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Provide evidence-based public health recommendations for children, adolescents and adults on physical activity. Learn more

Spinning or rolling bangles and then catching them can encourage physical activity.

EYLF Outcomes

The Early Years Learning Framework has been designed for use by early childhood educators working in partnership with families, children’s first and most influential educators. View PDF

  1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity
  2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
  3. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

EYLF Principle

Principle 1: Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships. Through a widening network of secure relationships, children develop confidence and feel respected and valued.

EYLF Practice

Practice: Learning through play. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and to learn. In these ways play can promote positive dispositions towards learning. Children’s immersion in their play illustrates how play enables them to simply enjoy being.


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