Training resource

I made a unicorn

Open-ended play with blocks and simple materials

Although children’s play just happens spontaneously, it is complex and comes in myriad forms. 

One universal type is open-ended play, also known as free-flow play, in which the children themselves determine what to do, how to do it, and what to use. Open-ended means not having a fixed answer; unrestricted; allowing for future change. In the course of such play, children have no fear of doing it wrong since there is no correct method or outcome; and observant adults are privileged with insights into children’s development and thinking.

Open-ended play is intrinsic to childhood; children have an impetus to explore and create. When free to experiment with the simplest materials, they find ways to express and develop their thoughts in imaginative play.

Two reception aged girl riding and Outlast horse
Block play, Role play, Heuristic play
3–5 Years, Early years
Teacher training
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