The child in the video above first used his left hand to push the pail four different ways. He then used the metal bowl in his right hand to push the pail in four more different ways.
Her actions were deliberate and cautious because she was not sure the two sets would hang together. As she stepped back to view her completed challenge, I saw a sense of accomplishment both in her face and gestures.
So often I see loose part displays that would be considered art that are aesthetically pleasing using all manner of materials both natural and man-made. In addition to using loose parts to make art, they are also used to represent things such as flowers or buildings. The children have helped me expand my idea of what is a loose part. I now think there needs to be another category of loose parts, namely, functional loose parts that the children use to complete an enterprise of their own making. Ramps, tubes and tires are common loose parts that fit into this category and are well known in ECE. After watching the children play and explore with carabiners and S hooks, let me add those to the list of functional loose parts.