Simple Ideas For Open-Ended Play

This week on the Strength In Words podcast, Ayelet answers the following questions: What is open-ended play, and why is it important? What kinds of materials are considered good for open-ended play? What objects already in and around my home can I use to foster and encourage open-ended play? How can my interactions with my child encourage open-ended play?

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Great resources we mentioned in this podcast episode (in order they were mentioned):

Open-ended materials recycled from other materials: paper roll, tissue paper, lentilscardboard box

Open-ended materials that are objects in the home (scarveskitchen utensils, pots/pans, cupcake liners

Open-ended materials actually marketed as “toys: puppets, stacking toysmusical instruments). 

Don't miss our corresponding DIY Blog post, DIY Sensory & Vocabulary Bowl, featuring one of the activities we modeled in our episode!


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Ayelet Marinovich, M.A. CCC-SLP

Ayelet Marinovich, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in work with pre-verbal infants, toddlers, non-verbal children, and their families. The Strength In Words podcast and blog were created as an additional resource for families of young children with infants & toddlers of all developmental levels. It is not intended to be a substitute for speech and language therapy.