As changes in society and technology continue to accelerate with advancements in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, these skills will become increasingly important to the success of our next generation. Children are living in a world where facts and information are at their fingertips and their most unique advantages could lie in those which make them uniquely human.
Asking your children open ended questions as they play lets them know that their voice matters, helps builds self esteem, encourages creativity, promotes problem solving, strengthens communication skills and serves as an opportunity to bond with your child.
Providing kids with opportunities to initiate open ended play scenarios gives them the ability to experiment on their own terms in a low stress environment. Open play serves as an outlet for over scheduled, overstimulated children where they can blow off steam and express themselves as an individual. And since open-ended toys provide an infinite amount of uses, they are renewable play resources where less really is more.