Appearing in school-yards, local parks and city centers Australia-wide, PARTS by Green Hat Workshop are collections of multi-affordance ‘variables’, more commonly known as “Loose Parts” or even “Curated Junk“.

“Found” and manufactured loose PARTS offer a huge range of potential skills, and ways of thinking to learners and play-ers of all ages.

Play is an essential part of health and well being, developing cognition, physical ability and consolidating a broad variety of thinking styles and learning outcomes.

In an effort to re-create the sense of creative wonder and potential experienced by generations of children who accompanied their parents to the local rubbish tip or shared extended time with other children in disused urban spaces, Green Hat Workshop Facilitators have curated PARTS in order to provide a range of weight, volume, density, shape and textures to encourage a range of multi-age play-types.

What are Loose PARTS?

Loose Parts are resources that can be moved from place to place and have the capacity for variable uses.

Loose parts afford the user the ability to move and mix.

An object with many affordances is an effective loose part.

Some affordances of a tyre for example are that it rolls, stacks, has weight, has an enclosed inner and a patterned outer surface, is flexible, and has a wide opening.


Good loose parts are expendable and are subservient to children’s play.

What is ‘Loose Parts’ Philosophy?

‘PARTS’ School Resource

by Green Hat Workshop

A PARTS implementation package includes:

  • Introductory pack of PARTS
  • Delivery in Metro Melbourne
  • Information session for staff
  • Introductory lunch-time PARTS Incursion
  • Student information session


Curation & top-up of PARTS

$ (Contact us for a quote)


Storage Shed, Box and shipping container solutions available.

*A Travel Levy applies to regional and interstate.





Our school based ‘loose parts’ pod program not only includes sturdy,  mutli-use pieces that will grow to be a vital and exciting part of the playground culture of your school but also an introductory program which includes staff and student information and consultation sessions.

Most effective within a collaborative, inclusive and rights-based educational setting, Green Hat Workshop’s PARTS program cuts sedentary behaviour, improves creativity, encourages self-directed, imaginative and open-ended play, a growth mindset, interpersonal skills, as well as consolidating STEM learning and creative problem solving in real world contexts, while supporting cognition, co-ordination and positive school yard social interactions.

PARTS by Green Hat Workshop inspires a dynamic alternative to sports and fixed play equipment in the school yard and Green Hat Workshop’s reflective practice, child-centred approach and structured implementation ensures PARTS will have an ongoing value to your school community.


Green Hat Workshop also offer PARTS storage solutions so that schools can be up and running with a PARTS program as fast as possible.



A pop-up ‘Loose Parts’ Playground and more…

by Green Hat Workshop

More information about our Play Republic HERE.

The PLAY REPUBLIC appears at local parks and city centers Australia-wide. Green Hat Workshop’s PLAY REPUBLIC is a collection of our best creative activities with our PARTS program at its core.

Sponsored by local councils, festivals, charities and interest groups, The PLAY REPUBLIC by Green Hat Workshop provides an all inclusive self-directed play experience that activates spaces and engages all ages for hours of play of different types.

Including all relevant due-diligence, insurance and staffing, The PLAY REPUBLIC seeks to provide an all inclusive self-directed play experience in public spaces and at events nation-wide. Our team of trained facilitators practice within a Playworker sensibility to provide a space where children can be themselves and engage in “deep play” of a type that is developmental, social and creative in nature. We believe this work to be the most valuable contribution that we make to Australian society.

Activities in The Park – Shepparton

Presented by Shepparton City Council, ‘Get Mooving’ program

Quotes and Queries

To provide you with a quote please tell us as much as you can about the following:

  • Your school/Council location?
  • Background information

We have a range of options for storage and support depending on your community’s needs.


What is Loose Parts philosophy?

source: instructables.com

Addressing a child’s natural inclination to gather, to order, to make patterns, to mix and join things in unlikely and unconventional ways, and also the deep human need to affect the environment around us, loose parts philosophy has been around for as long as adults have bothered to reflect on how children play. Educators have, for many years, placed significant value in resources that can be moved and mixed, as they offer highly beneficial opportunities for children to grow their understandings of the properties of objects and how they interact in the natural world – consolidating understandings of, and comparisons between, weight, density, texture, movement, volume, quantity, shape, space, pattern and more.

Arguably the most important loose parts philosophy was penned by Simon Nicholson in the 70’s and moves past education, considering instead the natural state of the human organism and its ever decreasing agency in a society dominated by manufactured goods and increasingly surrounded by artificial and constructed environments over which they have no affect. (Read the original HERE)

Nicholson’s philosophy provides a framework that specifically encourages the basic human need to change and adapt the immediate environment.

Sharing the experience of mucking about with stuff gives children a sense of their own creativity and ability to design, make and test useful objects, use tools, share ideas and turn imagination into creative results.

‘Play’ is important, particularly this type of play.


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