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Let's Try - Magnetic Loose Parts Play


Do you want to try something different and create with Magnetic Loose Parts? 

Magnetic Loose Parts play can help develop:

  • self-directed play
  • concentration
  • fine motor skills
  • creativity
  • imagination
  • knowledge around magnetic and non-magnetic properties
  • play regarding symmetry and geometry, skills regarding making shapes and shape play

We use A4 Magnetic Sheets (AU) and lots of metal bits and pieces. I suggest looking around your home to see what you have, although I made a special trip to the hardware store to pick up some extra interesting bits and pieces.

The Loose Parts items we use include:

  • key rings 
  • paper clips
  • small chains
  • mending plates
  • eye screws
  • s hooks
  • springs
  • washers 
  • screws
  • corner plates and brackets
  • latches

We could also use:

  • keys
  • bolts & nuts
  • bulldog & foldback clips
  • slide, mori & other stationary clips
  • pipe cleaners
  • hairpins & hair clips
  • jar lids
  • metal curtain or shower rings

A transparent storage box is a good organiser for small parts, a clean egg carton can also work well for storage. A magnet or a magnetic bowl can help with clean up, especially if there are any spills.

We use these materials under direct adult supervision. If you have a child under the age of three I recommend only using larger part pieces. For a classroom, playgroup or group setting, I recommend strengthening the magnetic sheets by attaching plywood or a similar board to make a firmer sturdy surface.


We could work with the child and give them some ideas on shapes to make, or we could just let them go for it. 


Because the sheet is magnetic all the metal loose parts stick to it. It removes the frustration of loose parts moving around or being easily disturbed.


I like to include lots of different size circles.


My children gravitate towards making people and vehicles. 

Magnetic loose parts imaginative play at How we Montessori (1)

It's fun to show children they can make temporary art. Like using a chalkboard, they can remove it and start all over again if they want to.


Using loose parts is good for developing fine motor skills. 


There is no right or wrong way to create!


Perhaps we can also use loose parts for literacy development?


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