Open Ended Play Inspiration

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What is open ended play? Basically play that has no set purpose or limitations, no end goal if you will. Kids can take it where they want and do whatever they want (safely obviously) with the materials in their possession. Placing out different objects, especially ones that aren’t normally out for play, is a great way to encourage exploration and imagination!

Here are some great ideas or inspiration for open ended play:

Open ended play ideas

Meri Cherry shares their ideas for tinker trays.

Open ended play inspiration

An Everyday Story has some great ideas to add to a sandpit.

Open ended play inspiration

Racheous has some great inspiration for outdoor play

Open ended play inspiration

Happy Hooligans shares how much use this bucket and rope gets!

Open ended play inspiration

My Nearest and Dearest shares one of my favorites – cardboard and tape!

Look around the house and see what you may have that might be a fun invitation to play!


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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

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