Open-ended toys allow children to use their imaginations and be creative while they play. Today I am sharing some of our family’s favorite open-ended toys that also come in their own storage container!
What are Open-Ended Toys?
Open-ended toys foster creativity and imagination because they can be used in many different ways.
Blocks, Play-Doh, and Legos are all considered open-ended because it is the creativity of the child that determines how the toy will be used.
An example would be the same block being used as a car, a tree, and as part of a building.
The Benefits of Open-Ended Play
Because open-ended toys do not dictate the way that young children play there are many benefits including:
Learning to make choices
How to express their creativity
Supporting their independence
Open ended toys also help children to develop spatial awareness, fine motor skills and provide an opportunity for them to express themselves.
Today I am sharing simple toys that will be used and loved for years to come.
The 25 Best Open-Ended Toys for Kids
When you look for open-ended toys try to think back to when you were a kid…
What were your favorite toys that allowed you to use your imagination to build, create and pretend?
Most likely your list is going to include things like:
Sheets, Towels, Blankets and Scarves
Magnetic Building Toys
Guess what? Those are all open-ended toys and the reason why you loved them as a child is because they were so versatile.
A delightful stacking toy that is perfect to play with on their own or to add to a traditional wooden block set. Children will use these for hours of pretend play as they use them as rocks, gems, people and more!
Can be used by children of all ages ( and even adults) The Wooden Balance Board is whatever you imagine it to be - a swing, a bridge, a shop, a cabin, a stepping stone, a racetrack, a lounge chair, fitness equipment, a puppet, a small football goal, a teeter popper or a tunnel.
Tegu wooden blocks are an heirloom-quality toy that will be adored for ages. Perfectly designed for open-ended and unscripted play. This set includes shapes that will develop skills like balance, scale, problem solving and story telling all with a natural and non-toxic finish.
This box is full of endless creativity and possibilities....and modeling clay! Non-toxic and eco-friendly this air-drying modeling clay will allow your child to unleash their ideas and artistic side for hours.
Kids will be amazed by the rock shaped crayons. Perfect ergonomic design recommended by occupational therapists along with a fun design that allows them to be so much more than just your regular ol' crayon.
Over 70 pieces and a sturdy storage case makes this a popular choice among kids and adults. Consisting of oversized magnetic rods and spheres, kids will love the tactile process of building extraordinary structures.
This awesome open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) toys will tap into your child's imagination, curiosity and creativity. This building set comes in a plastic tub for convenient storage of built models and loose parts. Responsibly made in America at a landfill-free, zero-waste green manufacturing facility.
This classic creative construction toy has been a hit with kids for over 100 years. Made of real, high-quality maple kids will enjoy using their imaginations to create cabins, barns and towns with these easy to use wooden logs.
Magformers are the original magnetic building tiles for kids. Created with the idea that open-ended creative play is essential for a child's development these blocks are well made and perfectly designed for endless imaginative play.
These nature-themed, Montessori inspired stacking and building blocks have a uniquely modern design that your kids will love. Every build is full of discovery and experimentation as kids put these non-traditional shapes together in new and creative ways.
These colorful, triangular building blocks offer different possibilities than conventional building blocks or planks. They inspire creativity: triangular building blocks can be used as tunnels, little houses, hills, rocking chairs or beds for little dolls... let your imagination lead!
Children (of all ages!) love to nest or stack the colorful, unique blocks, or use them as an open-ended toy in pretend play.
This educational toy stimulates creativity and imagination through open ended play: includes FREE downloadable activity sheet to challenge your kids to recreate different stacking formations. Crafted from natural, high-quality wood and toxic-free paint that will NOT chip or flake.
Full of open-end possibilities to facilitate and cultivate children's creative and powerful mind. Children can acquire strong sense of geometrical shape, architectural design, structural engineering.. STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, all-in-one enabling the kids to learn by intuitive playing and bring out the best of all to be artistically creative while technically, architecturally, and intelligently advanced at the same time. MADE OF CHILD SAFE, NON-TOXIC, BPA-FREE and lead-free, tested in CPC accredited lab.
Big blocks for big ideas! Little architects will love building ramps and cities with these oversized building blocks for toddlers. Children can construct buildings, roadways, multi-level homes, and more
Perfect for sensory play, this set will help to strengthen fine and gross motor skills that nurture child brain development. Spark creativity, imagination and language development through pretend play. From being a superhero to mixing it in a pot, this is a fun way to introduce creative play.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out the list below.
Because the truth is that kids need these messy toys to learn how to create, pretend and use their imaginations.
There you have it mama! Tons of clutter-free gift ideas that support open-ended play.
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Hi, I'm Lauren Tingley; a working, teacher-mom of two who tried to "do it all" and ended up losing myself in the process. Determined to find joy in modern motherhood I discovered simplifying was the answer. Now I share tips for fun family activities, minimalist homemaking and simple parenting advice on Simply Well Balanced for families looking to create more balance in their homes. My ideas and advice has been shared by Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Women's First.Read more about me!Or follow me on Pinterest or Instagram
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