Encouraging Open Ended Play In Your Home

Open Ended play is a big part of our child-led and play-based learning philosophy here at Playful Matters.

In this space I want my children to follow their interests, discover their passions and pursue a love for learning. And I do it by letting them be.

Encouraging Open Ended Play in Your Home

I have shared our rhythm many times, as it has evolved with the children as they have grown and changed with the seasons. I have discussed flowing from inside to outside, from one anchor to the next, from morning to afternoon, and it is probably well overdue for a new rhythm post!

Open ended play is integral to our belief of letting the children Be.

In my Montessori training I have had to learn to put my preconceived ideas about learning and play to the side.

The child can develop fully by means of experience in his environment. We call such experiences โ€˜work.โ€™

Maria Montessori

Open ended play allows children to Be by setting up the environment to foster play. Structuring the environment intentionally provides the children with opportunity to learn exactly what they need to learn. Open ended play provides children with the opportunity to ‘work’

Benefits of Open Ended Play

Encouraging open ended play boosts numerous skills, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Develops the imagination
  • Encourages creativity
  • Opportunity to role-play everyday life around them
  • Learning is understood on a deeper level
Open Ended Block Play

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5 Ideas For Encouraging Open Ended Play

    1. Provide Open Ended Materials

      Encouraging open ended play in your home

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    2. Provide Play Invitations

      Encouraging open ended play in your home

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    3. Provide free time for free play
    4. Encourage creative play where the outcome is completely determined by the child/children.

      Open ended play with a multi-age group

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    5. Provide loose parts

      Encouraging open ended play in your home

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Have you engaged in some open ended play with your kids lately? If not, try some of these ideas today! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yours in play,

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