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5 Ways to Encourage Open-ended Play

Not all of our kiddos will get too inspired to be in an open-ended play. Sometimes they need some encouragement from their parents and be surrounded by things that can lead them to imaginative play.
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Here are some ideas on how to encourage open-ended play in your kiddos:

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Let your kids be bored.

You can provide some downtime to your kids in playing by limiting their screen time to give them more time to play and explore. Allowing them to be bored will encourage them to think of creative ways to help themselves explore and discover what can bring them joy.
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Follow your child’s lead.

We let our kids play without instructions or rules in an open-ended play. Let them choose what they what to play without any direction. Allow them to be in charge and tell you the rules ;) Watching your kiddo can keep their attention focused and help them learn something new through play.
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Ask open-ended questions.

Kids learn from the adults at home first. Asking them questions like “What would you like to do today?” or “What can you make?” are better than telling them what you want them to do next. Engaging them in conversations like these shows that you are interested in what they are doing. It will help them provide more information, express their thoughts and ideas, and be more creative.
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Invest in open-ended toys.

There are a lot of toys that can promote creativity and entertainment to your kids. Open-ended toys don’t need to be expensive or too much, and they can be anything! Rome around your house, and you’ll see that your kid is already playing with a broomstick imagining she’s in a Harry Potter movie, or you might see them talking to their stuffed animals, inviting them to a tea party. Kids will explore anything they’re interested in. 
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Watch out for our next blog to know more about the most fun toys for open-ended play.
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Give them arts and crafts.

Creativity starts with arts and crafts. Provide a room or space for your kids where they can paint, play with dough or slimes, sand, etc. Exposing them to these little crafts will help them grow in an open-ended play.
 

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