Open-ended toys that allow children to stack, build and create are some of the best ways children can learn through play. It helps them to develop spatial awareness, fine motor skills and express themselves. Today I am sharing some of our family’s favorites along with some recommendations from my mom-friends.
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 Toys
Because open-ended toys do not dictate a way that children play there are many benefits including:
- Learning to make choices
- How to express their creativity
- Supporting their independence.
The Problem with Open-Ended Toys
As a new mom, I had one question when it came to choosing toys for my children.
Why does it seem like all of the toys that are considered “good” for kids like blocks, Legos and craft supplies are also some of the messiest?
The same toys that allow children to develop important skills often have tons of pieces that are:
- Easy to lose
- Difficult to keep neat and tidy
When our family started exploring minimalism I decided to search for toys that came with their own storage solution.
This has allowed me to perpetuate my love of all things organized, while the children are still allowed to play, build and explore.
We have found that when the toy comes with it’s own storage container the kids naturally put everything away when they are done playing.
It keeps our home neat and tidy and keeps me from going all “Mommy Dearest” about Lego pieces being everywhere 😉
If you love to keep an organized home – or would like to start being clutter free with kids you are going to love these clutter-free toys.
If you are always struggling to keep your children’s toys neat and organized you are going to love what I have found. Today I am sharing the best open ended toys that come with their own storage container!
The best open-ended toys for kids who love to build and create
Melissa and Doug Architectural Blocks with Wooden Storage Crate
LEGO Classic Creative Suitcase Building Kit
SmartMax Build XXL
Tegu Travel Case and Magnetic Blocks
Blocks and Travel Case sold separately
Kid K’NEX – Budding Builders Building Set
Lincoln Logs – Centennial Edition Storage Tin
Play Doh Create N’ Store Big Bucket
Magformers Storage Set
Crayola Color Caddy
Zoob Builders with Storage Tub
Whirligig Creative Construction Erector Set
SmartMax Build & Roll
Mega Blocks Big Building Bag
Smart Builder Construction Set with Storage Container
KidKraft Storage Bucket Top Construction Train
Ok, this one isn’t totally open-ended. It is a train set, but I love the storage container and my kids love playing with it.
There you have it mama! Tons of clutter-free gift ideas that support open-ended play.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out the list below.