You know the drill—you buy your kid a brand new toy, eagerly anticipating all the fun they’ll have with it (and the downtime that it’ll give you), only to find that your child plays with it for 15 minutes before getting bored. In fact, they probably had more fun opening up the box than they did actually playing with the toy itself—despite all the bells and whistles that the plaything came with. Sigh.
Enter: Open-ended toys. These types of playthings have been shown to provide children with ample entertainment, while also promoting pretend play, social interaction, cooperation and creativity. With open-ended toys, kids get to explore ideas and concepts, take risks (there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to play!) and boost their social skills.
That’s why we love Imagination Playground Blocks, an innovative and open-ended play system that transforms any space into, well, whatever you child can dream up. We’ve seen these foam blocks used to create a spaceship, castle, race car, maze and more. There are no rules to play which means that anything can happen, but one thing we can guarantee is that learning, movement and fun are all on the menu.