36 Open Ended Toys Kids Will Play with for Years

From building toys & dolls to play silks & trucks, these open ended toys are the ones our kids pulled out over and over again through the years for hours of imaginative play!

As parents, we know how easy it is for toys to accumulate - and how little play time many of these toys actually get! For those of us wanting to minimize the clutter, we're pulling together a list of open ended toys that can be used any number of ways for engrossing, creative play at any age.

Which toys get the most use in your home? Review your favorites below, and suggest any that are missing to share with fellow parents!


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