Creative, open-ended activities are a fun way to help kids learn how to explore their ideas and innovate, problem solve and imagine new solutions, and confidently navigate the unknown.
This provides a place to start. It guides children in a general direction and provides some necessary framework.
This ensures there are unlimited potential outcomes. It both pushes and encourages children to rely on their own imagination.
With no concrete, specific examples to follow, children can feel apprehensive about where and how to even begin.
While working on open-ended activities, children can also become agitated and worried, second-guessing their progress and ultimately their end result.
Venturing into the unknown—even unknown ideas—can be intimidating. But it can be tremendously freeing, too.
Open-ended activities help children learn how to capitalize on their own creativity, communicate and express ideas in ways others can understand, and ultimately reinforces perseverance when faced with challenges.