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When children play with simple open-ended natural materials their imaginations run wild and a stick can become many things. In contrast overly formed toys limit a child's imagination and therefore reduce the quality of a child's play.
I talk about the 'quality' of a child's play as this is significant when we understand that children form themselves and make sense of the world through their play. Wholesome play that is child initiated and child-led, using open ended play materials is curative and therapeutic.
Be encouraged to conduct a toy audit of your child, students or grandchildren's toys. Look to keeping the simple toys that lend themselves to being many different things, objects from nature or made of wood are sensorially beautiful to play with, single use toys or toys that do not foster your families values can be disposed of. Be encouraged not to compromise on what you offer the child during these formative years, for the things they play with are their 'soul-food'. Image repost from