Openended play

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Nins in the Woods

With this non-structured material of Nins and their environment, one can recreate a great number of open air scenes

5 Wooden sand combs

Pack of 5 wooden sand combs with different patterns to draw or make constructions in the sand.

Fraction cubes

These colorful Fraction Cubes starter set will help children explore and compare fractions. Children will learn about  the proportional relationships between one section and  the whole as well as develop the mathematics flexible thinking.

Maths manipulatives game Trigonos BASE 10

This is a maths manipulatives game so that children can visually learn the basis of our numerical system  - the decimal system - with basic math operations: addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, square root... 

Ring trio to stack!

Trio stacking will engage children into the enjoyment of stack rings in different ways to create various patterns. They will also learn ordering, grouping colours and size relationship. In addition, this will reinforce their hand-eye coordination. This toy is related to Montessori education.

What is open-ended play?

Open-ended play is a fundamental activity in kids development, allowing them to explore, discover and learn spontaneously. It is a form of play in which children have the freedom to choose how and with what to play, without external restrictions or predefined rules.

Open-ended play fosters children's imagination, creativity and critical thinking. Because they are not limited by rigid structures, they have the opportunity to experience different roles and scenarios, which helps them develop social and emotional skills.

One example of open-ended play that is very popular with children is construction games. By providing them with blocks, building pieces or even everyday objects, children can create their own imaginary structures and vehicles. In this type of play, little ones can become architects, designers or engineers, boosting problem-solving matters and motor skills.

Children's construction games also give them the opportunity to learn about concepts such as balance, symmetry and the strength of materials. In addition, it allows them to experiment with different shapes and sizes, promoting their spatial understanding.

It is important for adults to support and encourage open-ended play by providing kids with a safe environment and adequate resources. By allowing them to explore and discover for themselves, we are contributing to their holistic development and building fundamental skills for their future.

How to encourage open-ended play at home

In an increasingly technological world, it is essential for parents to encourage open-ended play at home so that children can disconnect from screens and enjoy a more enriching experience.

This involves offering a variety of age-appropriate toys and materials, such as building blocks, dolls, puzzles, books and art materials. It is also important to have dedicated play spaces, such as a playroom or a special corner in a room, where children can let their imaginations run wild without limitations.

In addition, parents can engage in open-ended play by actively interacting with their children. This involves playing together, but not directing or controlling the activity. Parents can join in on stories invented by the kids, ask open-ended questions to encourage reflection and critical thinking, and simply enjoy quality time together.

Encouraging open-ended play at home involves providing a nurturing environment, actively but non-directively participating in play, and giving children time to explore and enjoy their imagination. Doing so promotes children's holistic development and provides them with a valuable experience that will last throughout their lives.

What do children develop through open-ended play?

Open-ended play is a fundamental activity in children's lives, as it not only provides them with fun, but also contributes greatly to their overall development. Through open-ended play, children explore, experiment and develop a wide variety of skills and competencies.

First, open-ended play fosters creativity and imagination. Children can invent stories, characters and situations, which stimulates their ability to think outside the box and solve problems creatively. In addition, open-ended play promotes autonomy and decision-making, as children can choose what to do, how to do it and with whom to play.

Open-ended play also contributes to children's physical development. Running, jumping, climbing and manipulating objects during play allows them to strengthen their muscles, improve their motor coordination and develop gross and fine motor skills. In addition, outdoor play provides the opportunity to enjoy nature and engage in physical activity, which is essential for their health and well-being.

On the other hand, open-ended play facilitates children's social and emotional development. During play, they learn to relate to other children, communicate, negotiate and solve conflicts. They also experience different roles and perspectives, which helps them develop empathy and understanding for others. Open-ended play is also a way to express and manage emotions, allowing children to explore and understand their feelings.

In summary, open-ended play is an enriching activity for children, as it stimulates their creativity, promotes their physical development, enhances their social and emotional skills, and provides them with moments of joy and fun. It is essential to allow them time and space to play freely, as it is through this activity that they develop their full potential and build the foundation for a healthy and balanced growth.

At Trigonos we understand the importance of open-ended play in children's development, and that is why we are proud to offer the best toys to encourage this valuable activity. Our wide selection of toys is carefully designed to stimulate creativity, imagination and learning through play.

At Trigonos, we are inspired by the philosophy of open-ended play and believe in its power to enhance the holistic development of children. Our toys have no pre-established instructions or rules, allowing children to explore and discover at their own pace. We encourage freedom and creativity, giving children the opportunity to build, stack, fit and create in unlimited ways.