Open ended activities prioritize play and creativity
Helen Peterson, Preschool Teacher
Over the past couple of weeks we've been having fun exploring our new Kodo materials in preschool. These materials offer young children the opportunity to freely explore the complex concepts of STEM through open ended play.
Open ended activities are crucial in the early years setting because they prioritize play and creativity. They provide the perfect opportunity for engaging children's imaginations as well as enhancing their social and emotional intelligence. Open-ended learning allows children to express their creativity freely. There are no instructions or rules for children to follow. Unlike closed-ended games and activities, there is no “right” answer or “right” way to complete and finish the project. During open-ended play, children have the ability to make their own decisions and fully engage their creativity and imagination.
We want our young children to grow up and be able to solve problems on their own, to be able to make decisions confidently and to navigate those decisions successfully. Open ended learning offers them the opportunity to try this out, to practice leadership and decision-making skills, to develop an openness to trying new things, and to experience failing forward.
Whilst exploring with these materials we observed the children testing out ideas, problem solving, communicating and collaborating with each other. From looking at these photos you can almost hear the lively discussions and the excitement of finally achieving success. I see some future leaders, scientists and engineers in our preschool without a doubt!