What will my daughters see when they consider four large stumps arranged under the pine tree in a quiet corner of the yard?
A stage for dancing
A balance beam
A table and chairs for tea
And, what will my daughters create with wooden blocks of various sizes?
A miniature set of furniture
The possibilities are endless, which is the precisely the point of open-ended play.
By setting aside a little pile of wood, I am setting aside space for imagination and creativity. I am honoring my children’s need for interesting tactile experiences, opportunities to develop flexible thinking, and time in nature with natural objects.
As you look around your home, which toys provide the most opportunity for open-ended play? How can you present more of these toys to your child and encourage more time in fantasy land?