Parents’ Roles in Promoting Loose Parts Play in the Loose Parts Kits Project
Keywords:parent roles, Loose parts play, preschool
The purpose of this research was to study parents’ roles in promoting loose parts play in the loose parts kits project for 3 aspects comprised of observation, facilitating children’s play, and preparing a play environment. The population used in the study was parents of 55 children from the age of 3 to 5 in the academic year 2021. A questionnaire was developed in a Google form. The data were analyzed by using frequency distribution, percentage, mean, standard deviation, and content analysis. The research findings were that the overall role of parents in promoting loose parts play was at a high level (M = 3.68, SD = 0.58). Considerably, all aspects were at a high level for parents’ roles (3.90 ≤ M ≤ 4.43). They were (1) observation (M = 4.43, SD = 0.43), which consisted of emotion (M = 4.45, SD = 0.44) and playing behavior (M = 4.41, SD = 0.49); (2) facilitating children’s play (M = 4.04, SD = 0.54), which consisted of establishing a play agreement (M = 4.15, SD = 0.56) and guided play (M = 3.93, SD = 0.65); and (3) preparing a play environment (M = 3.90, SD = 0.61), which consisted of organizing the play area (M = 4.04, SD = 0.69) and the preparation of loose part materials and accessories (M = 3.76, SD = 0.83), respectively.
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