During the sweltering UAE summer, it’s all too easy to rely on screen time as a way of keeping children occupied. But what if we told you there’s a secret to keeping kids of all ages occupied for hours, and it’s got nothing to do with technology or TV screens?
The answer is open-ended play. Defined as play or activity that has no pre-determined boundaries or set parameters, once a child is engaged in open-ended play, it can be the key to unlocking all of their imagination and creativity, and keep them absorbed for hours.
Lysiane Ruf, Academic Director, Future International Nursery explains:
“During his celebrated TedTalk, British author and educationalist Sir Ken Robinson argued that we don’t grow into creativity; it is present in early childhood and we are educated out of it… the best way to preserve it is to offer children ample opportunities for open-ended play, with no fixed answer, no fear of doing it wrong, and freedom to experiment with the simplest materials.
“Open-ended play helps to spark and feed this essential creativity in children and helps them to make sense of their world and even resolve issues and questions that may arise in their environment. Children can get lost for hours in open play.
“And this is the challenge: open play with open-ended resources requires undisturbed time.
“We have noticed that children, especially when used to commercial toys or screen activities, will not engage straight away with open-ended resources and simple materials. They take time to observe before being drawn into action. So an essential parameter that we need to take into account is to create uninterrupted time for children to be able to creatively engage with open-ended resources.”
One of the most powerful open-ended play toys is the Wobbel. With its origins in the progressive Waldorf school movement, these boards are loved by educationalists for their childhood development benefits, as well as by parents and social-media mums, who adore their sleek Scandinavian design.
And we are delighted to be able to give one of these lusted-after products away to one lucky UAE family, on behalf of our community group Parents United UAE – powered by SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com – and our friends at Dubai-based online family concept store, Harri & Eve.
How to win!
Retailing at 665 AED, community Facebook group Parents United UAE is giving away one Wobbel board from gorgeous family lifestyle online store Harri & Eve to one lucky UAE family this July!
About Parents United UAE
Parents United UAE is a Facebook group powered by WhichSchoolAdvisor.com and our sister site SchoolsCompared.com Its admins are parents and education experts in the UAE, and its mission is to bring people together by sharing knowledge about schools and education in the UAE. It’s the perfect group to head to not only if you’re looking for a school recommendation, but also if you have a question about any parenting or education topic – from SEN issues to child health, the best packed lunch boxes, bullying or even choosing where to live in Dubai.
About Harri & Eve
Harri & Eve is a beautiful family concept online store, selling gorgeous baby and children’s toys and clothing, as well as stunning gifts for little ones. Established in 2021 and sister company to sustainable online store Eco Souk, Harri & Eve is a Dubai-based children’s and lifestyle brand dedicated to finding the magic in every day.
How to enter?
Simply join our Facebook Group Parents United UAE and then tag a friend in the comments below the competition post, which is pinned to the top of the group.
PLEASE NOTE: You MUST be a parent based in the UAE to join the group and win this prize.
Winners will be chosen 8 July and the prize will be sent direct to your house by stylish online family concept store Harri & Eve. Good luck!