Carpet Squares – What to do with them?

A few weeks ago I was at a carpet store and asked if they had any carpet squares to give away. They said they had some by the front door and I could take what I wanted.

Being a former preschool teacher and also owning my own preschool I have used carpet squares a lot. They are not really squares but most of them are rectangular. They are great for when you are doing circle time and you want each child to have their own space.

Carpet squares can also be used for playing games – hopping/jumping from one carpet square to another, using it for color recognition/sorting, or just having it around in the book corner.

I got some carpet squares for my grandchildren. I got one for each of them so if my daughter was doing circle/story time they could each sit on a carpet square. As you can see in the pictures they had other ideas.

C and H playing with the carpet squares.

C and H playing with the carpet squares.

C trying to decide what to do with the carpet squares.

C trying to decide what to do with the carpet squares.

Some other things that you can do with carpet squares – get enough to make a hopscotch game, can be their own playing area, build on it with blocks or legoes, take outside to sit on if you don’t have a blanket available.

What would you use the carpet squares for?

Loose Parts

The theory of loose parts was developed in 1972 by architect Simon Nicholson. The idea is that loose parts are materials that children can move, design and redesign, and tinker with as part of their play. Loose parts can be bought materials, objects found in nature, or things from your recycling bin.
One day when my grandchildren were coming over, I gathered some loose parts for them to play with.

Loose Parts

Loose Parts


I told my grandchildren that they can play with the loose parts however they wanted to.
K and C creating with loose parts.

K and C creating with loose parts.


The boys were playing with the loose parts for at least fortyfive minutes.

What kind of loose parts do you like to use?