Benefits of Open-ended Play

Things you'll need for this activity

Open-ended materials are items that can be used by themselves or with other materials.  They can be carried, lined up, redesigned, taken apart, moved and put back together in multiple ways

What you'll learn in this activity 

Ages Appropriate for ages 3+

Purpose Open-ended play enables children to be creative, engage in decision making and in problem solving.  By exploring the materials, children become architects, designers, builders, explorers, archaeologists, artists, gardeners, inventors, teachers and learners.

Let's play!

  1. Find play materials and set out in a spacious area
  2. Play!
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Talking together


 What else can we find to add to the play?


Start collecting your recycling, such as tubing, small boxes, bubble wrap, plastic containers and lids to add to, or create, new play spaces.


We'd love to see your creations and home based play! Share with us on Facebook at @yrfamilies #YarraRangesPlay

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