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What is Open Ended Play?

Open Ended Play Leads to Success for Children

What is open ended play and why does it matter? Open ended play is any activity that allows children to create unlimited scenarios on their own. If you give a child a stick or a cardboard box, they can create a variety of activities on their own that allow them to express themselves.

What are some resources for open ended play? A variety of art supplies could be used, boxes, sticks, rocks, sand, water, anything that doesn’t have to be used in a prescribed way such as a toy with one certain purpose. It could be most anything. All types of play are important for the child’s development, but open ended play offers some very important benefits.

Open ended play fosters creativity. With music and art no longer being seen as academic in schools, and the fast paced curriculum taught in schools, open ended play is sadly becoming a thing of the past. This is detrimental to children’s development.

Open Ended Play Leads to Success for Children

Think about the teacher who makes all of the children create art that looks just the same. Are the children learning from that project? They are learning the teacher doesn’t think they are talented or smart. Open ended play builds self-esteem and problem solving skills in children as well as allows them to share their feelings, and sometimes even provides them a way to ask for help. Children need to be creative. Self-expression helps children cope with their feelings and a tuned in teacher can learn about what the child is thinking and feeling through it.

Open Ended Play Leads to Success for Children
Creativity fosters mental growth in children by giving them the chance to try out new ideas and solve problems. Open ended activities celebrate uniqueness and diversity in each child and helps us focus on each child as an individual. Using their imagination is important for children to allow them to invent, grow, take chances, experiment, make mistakes in a safe environment and have fun. It develops life skills, innovation, and gives children a sense of achievement. Developmentally inappropriate practice at an early age such as flash cards and drills is even linked to mental illnesses. I want my children to have the very best chance for success and I know that comes from lots and lots of PLAY!

Creativity is one of the top factors in career success. Employers see it as an employable benefit. Everyone has the ability to be creative. It’s important we give children the opportunity to express themselves and be creative in every day play. So throw out some open ended supplies and let your children teach you today!

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Garden Glory-Our First Cantaloupe

We finally harvested our first ever cantaloupe! This week’s harvest was plentiful and exciting for me and the Little Sprouts! We harvested over 56 pounds of food this week. Take a look!

Monday's pick.  We picked 35 pounds of tomatoes this week.  I was amazed.  Salsa, here we come!

Monday’s pick. We picked 35 pounds of tomatoes this week. I was amazed. Salsa, here we come!

 

Corn picking was very fun.

Corn picking was very fun.

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We finally got a batch of brussel sprouts.  They grow so pretty.

We finally got a batch of brussel sprouts. They grow so pretty.

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The first cantaloupe slipped off the vine of our mystery volunteer plant.  We can't wait to taste it.

The first cantaloupe slipped off the vine of our mystery volunteer plant. We can’t wait to taste it.

 

We got a pound of carrots.  They are hard to pick.

We got a pound of carrots. They are hard to pick.

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There are bunches of tomatoes coming on.

There are bunches of tomatoes coming on.

 

This thing weighed a whole pound!

This thing weighed a whole pound!

 

This little fella visited us in the carrot patch.

This little fella visited us in the carrot patch.

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This was our best week in the garden yet. It was really fun to see the kids be so excited about some success. What did you pick this week?