Explore Nook are passionate about designing natural toys that foster open-ended play opportunities for children.
There is a difference between toys that have been made for one purpose and toys that are open-ended in their nature. Toys that have been made for one purpose are not ‘bad’ and have their place. For example, a toy made for one purpose could be a puzzle. It is intended for one use only, to be put together.
Open-ended toys are used differently each time children play with them, allowing for multiple purposes in play. A classic example of an open-ended play resource we are all familiar with is wooden blocks. Children use open-ended resources in a variety of ways fostering children’s creativity, allowing them freedom and choice. One day the toy may be used one way and another day it’s being used for a completely different purpose.
There is no prescribed ‘right’ or ‘wrong way’ to play with open-ended toys. This allows for limitless play opportunities.
Open-ended play toys are different than toys that are made for one purpose because they give children opportunities to truly use their imagination to explore and play!