Here you will find ideas for open-ended play and imagination.

So what is open-ended play? “A child engaged in open-ended play is simply going with the flow. He is exploring open-ended materials — objects that have multiple uses and infinite possibilities, like the ones mentioned above, and others, such as paint, clay, sand, mud, water, blocks, and Legos. There are no expectations, no specific problems to solve, no rules to follow, and no pressure to produce a finished product. It’s all about free play — the freedom to invent and discover”. This article from explains it best.

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My girls LOVE playing with the box of scrap wood pieces we keep in the garage. These provide hours of fun as they use their imagination to build cities and castles.

More ideas can be found below:

The Best Toys and Gifts For Encouraging Creativity

Invitation to Play: Flower Station

10 Earth Day Activities and Crafts This resource has several great ideas for projects that encourage play based learning

Wooden Peg Bunnies

DIY Busy Board

Birdseed Sensory Bin

This Corn and Straw Sensory Bin can bring life to forgotten toys!

Peg Doll Turkeys are fun to make for Thanksgiving!

Spring Sensory Bin

Valentine Sensory Bin

Homemade Play Dough: Spring Play Idea with Nature and Loose Parts