Supporting Loose
Parts Play

by Mat Dusza

Captivating & open-ended, combine & re-design! Loose parts play is an incredibly valuable play experience for children. Using natural and everyday loose items for play stimulates children's math, science, art, & social skills and more. Come learn how to create these opportunities in your classroom.

Mat Dusza, Green Space Playgrounds General Manager, early childhood expert, and loose parts enthusiast shares his experience and insight into the many benefits of loose parts play and our role in supporting them.

What's included?

  • 1 Hour Video Lecture
  • Certificate of Completion

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate understanding of loose parts and their learning purposes
  2. Resource a list of loose parts that can be effective for children's play
  3. Identify and incorporate the roles we play to support effective loose parts play

Learn at your pace

This course provides 1.0  hours of professional development for early childhood educators.

Participants are required to view the complete virtual training and complete the quiz. Participants must receive a score of 80% or higher to receive credit for this course.  

Course certificates are emailed upon successful completion of the full training and quiz.

Meet the instructor

Mat Dusza

I was born and raised in Toowoomba, Australia. After graduating in 1997, I started my Early Childhood profession as a Preschool Teacher for the Lady Gowrie Child Care Centers where I received a foundation and passion implementing a Reggio Emelia enriched program. In 2001, I changed gears and worked for the Kath Dickson Family and Training Center where I found my next passion in training Early Childhood teachers their Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

Moving to the U.S. in 2002, I continued my Early Childhood career taking a position with Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Starting as a preschool teacher then, over the next 17 years for the company, I fulfilled roles in Program Leadership, Administration and Training.

In 2014, I started contract work with Green Space Learning and Development teaching their CDA training hours and presenting at conferences on passion topics like Outdoor Play, Children in Nature, and Stimulating Physical Development. In 2019, these interests developed into an opportunity to design and install nature-based playgrounds creating a new department for Green Space Learning.
Patrick Jones - Course author