My son just discovered Lego.
He can spend an hour a day building, perfecting his imaginative dragon castle or 6-wheeled truck. Mostly, he’s playing by himself, but occasionally he needs my help or advice.
He’s curious. So, I give him small age-appropriate assignments, like:
“Can you build a car?” or “Can you build your house even higher?” or “Where is the entrance, can you make one?”.
That’s one of the many benefits of open-ended toys for toddlers. They stimulate our kids’ curiosity and enable them to learn through play.
Today, I’m sharing my all-time favorite open ended toys for toddlers. My toddler loves playing with each of these, and they’re perfect for independent play, so you can get things done around the house (or just enjoy a well-deserved break).
Here, you can find open ended toys for babies.
What are open-ended toys for toddlers
Open-ended toys for toddlers are designed to inspire your child’s imagination and creativity. These are toys with no rule book, no restrictions. They can be played with in multiple ways, unlike close-ended toys like puzzles and colouring books.
Open-ended toys often allow our toddlers to build, dismantle, and rebuild. Or create, erase and recreate.
Most importantly, these toys encourage critical thinking and questions such as:
- What happens if I put this here?
- Does it fit together or not?
- How high or wide can I build it?
What is open-ended play and why is it important?
Open-ended play is playing without rules. While many toys and games come with a set of rules, instructions, or guidelines (like board games or train sets), open-ended play takes a sandbox approach to play that encourages problem solving, discovery, and invention.
Open-ended play is a tub of a thousand different Lego blocks as opposed to a Lego dinosaur with ten pages of instructions. With open-ended play, your toddler builds their own dinosaur, rather than following someone else’s rules.
Read next: How to encourage independent play
12 best open-ended toys for toddlers
Lego is far from the only good example of open-ended toys for toddlers. There are plenty of ways to stimulate the creative mind and imagination of our kids.
These are the best open-ended toys for toddlers. They’re timeless and the way your kids use them will change as they grow.