Open-ended play begins in very early childhood when children use objects to learn about the world around them with no guidance or prescription by adults. It offers children the freedom to discover and create and gives the adult insight into children’s thinking.
Open ended means not having a fixed answer, unrestricted, and allowing for future adaptations. This type of play allows children to have no fear of doing it wrong, since there is no correct method or outcome. It’s all about free play, freedom to invent and discover in a relaxed way.
Engaging your child in open-ended play is easy and beneficial. Open-ended toys are non-descript items that a child can play with freely using their imagination, our pikler climbing arches for example!