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The Benefits of Open-Ended Play

Encouraging creativity and independence in kids. Discover the benefits of sensory play, outdoor play, Montessori play invitations, toys, playroom setups and more

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Benefits of Play

Play is not just a fun activity for children; it also plays a critical role in their development and learning. In this category, we explore the many benefits of play for children of all ages, from improving cognitive and physical skills to fostering creativity and social-emotional development. Learn how playtime can help your child thrive!

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Open-Ended Toys

Open-ended toys allow children to use their imagination and creativity to explore and learn. In this category, we explore the benefits of open-ended toys, provide recommendations for different types of toys, and offer tips on how to encourage open-ended play at home. Join us in unlocking your child's imagination!

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Montessori Furniture

Montessori furniture is designed to support a child's independence, exploration, and learning. Explore the principles behind Montessori furniture, see recommendations for different ages and needs, and find tips on how to incorporate Montessori furniture into your home. Join us in creating a supportive and engaging learning environment for your child!

What we are about...

Championing play

We are passionate about promoting the power of play to help children develop their independence, resilience, social skills and creativity.

Open-ended toys and play ideas

We love sharing open-ended play ideas and recommending toys that inspire creativity, imagination, and independent thinking in children.

Authentic learning

Learning that is child-led and curiosity-driven. We believe that children learn best when they're allowed to explore and discover the world around them on their own terms

Taking inspiration from Montessori

We draw inspiration from the Montessori philosophy to create play environments that support children's natural development and learning.

Recommendations

We only recommend products that align with our values and are designed to support children's development, independence and creativity.

Helping parents navigate toddler independence

guidance and support to help parents create a nurturing environment that fosters their child's independence and confidence.

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Fostering Creativity and Independence in Our Kids

We all want what is best for our kids...

Research has shown that children thrive through open-ended play, which allows them to explore and develop critical skills such as creativity, confidence, and resilience. 

By embracing this approach, we can help our children grow and prepare for an unpredictable future.

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We know play is important...

BUT sometimes there are things that stop us:

We get it… it can be hard. BUT the time and effort is well worth the investment. 

With the right advice your kids will play more independently, learn authentically and be all around happier kids.

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So how do we do that?

Understand why play is important and why it should be prioritized

As a parent, I know how easy it is to get caught up in the daily grind of schedules and routines. However, since discovering the power of play – it has completely transformed mine and my children’s lives. Through play, my kids have not only learned important skills like problem-solving and creativity, but also gained confidence and resilience. Despite the many benefits of play, it’s often overlooked or deprioritized in a world that emphasizes academic achievement and structured activities.

I want to share what I’ve learned with you, so you too can prioritize play in your children’s lives and watch them thrive.

Set up the space to encourage independence and play

The environment in which our children play can have a big impact on their growth and development. A play space that encourages my children to explore, create, and play independently is an essential part of our home. And the results have been amazing! My kids are more confident and empowered, and they love spending time in their special play area. I want to share my successes with you, so you too can create a space that inspires your child’s imagination and independence.

Master the art of play invitations

As parents, we all want our children to engage in meaningful play and authentic learning experiences. But sometimes it can be challenging to know how to invite our little ones into play without taking over or interfering with their exploration. That’s where the art of invitation comes in.We’ll share tips and strategies for setting up invitations to play that spark your child’s curiosity and creativity. From sensory bins to loose parts play, we’ll offer practical ideas that are easy to implement and sure to delight your child.

Be a facilitator in your children's play

We all want to support our children’s learning and development in every way we can. One of the most effective ways to do this is by being a facilitator in our children’s play. Rather than directing or controlling their play experiences, we can create a supportive and nurturing environment that allows them to explore and experiment in their own way. We’ll explore different ways to facilitate your child’s play, from asking open-ended questions to providing materials and resources that inspire creativity and imagination.

Who are Independent Kids Play?

Welcome to Independent Kids Play! 

We are a community of parents, educators, and caregivers who believe in the importance of play for children’s learning and development. 

Our mission is to inspire and support parents in their journey to create independent, confident, and creative children. 

We provide resources, tips, and guidance to help parents understand the benefits of play, set up a play space that encourages independence, and facilitate their children’s play experiences. 

We also review and recommend Montessori-inspired furniture, toys, and materials that are designed to foster children’s curiosity and imagination. 

Join our community today and discover the joy of independent play!

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Our Top Montessori Furniture Picks for Independent Toddlers

The ultimate Montessori floor bed for kids transitioning away from co-sleeping. It is versatile, able to function as a play space and has a low profile that supports kid’s independence and safety.

Excellent as either a dress up station for role-play or as your children’s waredrobe where they can learn to pick out their own clothes and dress themselves independently..

A must have for curious, independent toddlers who love to help in the kitchen. This one is super sturdy and height adjustable, meaning it is able to grow with your child.

Gorgeous house shaped design for two children sharing a space. It will inspire their imaginations and foster closeness between siblings. The L-shaped design also means that it can easily be tucked into the corner to maximize the room for other play.

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