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Keeping Playtime Open-Ended, Imaginative, & Educational

Playtime can be an invaluable mode of learning for young children, allowing them to flex their creative muscles while they learn about the world around them. If you're looking to boost your little one's creativity and encourage learning through play, just keep reading—we've got some ideas.

Leave it Open-Ended

The best way to engage little ones' imaginations is by opting for open-ended kids' toys, such as dollhouses, play kitchens, or art sets. Open-ended toys allow for play that evolves over time, growing with your child's imagination. By allowing your child to dress up, play pretend, make up games, or create something with his own two hands, he'll develop valuable skills that will stay with him for life.

Take it Outside

For the kids who just can't stand to be indoors, there are plenty of ways to bring open-ended play outside. Ride-on toys like bicycles, push cars, and battery-powered trucks allow kids to spend time in the great outdoors while developing both their motor skills (if you'll excuse our pun) and their imaginations. Have your child map out a bike racing route and help her record her best time, or have your little one plan out a "road trip" to take in her car.


Hayneedle's got a wide selection of play sets, riding toys, building blocks, and more to encourage kids' imaginations and help them develop their own hobbies and interests. Shop the site to discover the best open-ended play solutions for your little ones.

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