Taking a stash of small toys out with us has always been a winner for my kids. It helps to avoid excessive screen time and provides a great opportunity for quality family play time. Here’s our favorite five open-ended toys for play away from the home.
Storing Toys for Successful On-The-Go Play
Our Favorite Toys for On-The-Go Play
1. Building Bricks
Benefits: LEGOs are one of my all-time favorite toys for encouraging imaginative play because they are so open-ended. The child has to do the thinking, the bricks simply bring their creativity to life. They are also great for fine motor skill development.
Benefits: as I mentioned before, the fact that the Plus Plus are all one basic shape means that my kids are really challenged to engineer, manipulate and create with the toy. Some of the structures my kids have built with them have blown me away! These little gems are also great for fine motor skills and color sorting activities.
3. Magnetic Tiles
4. Link Cubes
Benefits: link cubes are a great numeracy resource as they naturally encourage counting. The ones we use from Edx Education also have shapes on them which baby sis enjoys matching and exploring. As the kids build with them, their fine motor skills and creativity are also being developed.
Benefits: I like that these are a different type of manipulative to use as we often play with blocks. The stick shapes challenge my kids’ creativity, and the fact that the Junior GeoStix can be used to make moving creations is great for STEM education.
I hope that’s a helpful insight into why we choose to take our SlideAway On-The-Go out and about with us, always filled with open-ended toys which support creativity and quality play. As you can see from the photos, my kids really do engage with the toys and it makes for some fantastic play, and even the odd relaxed meal out as a family too!