Podcast 16: The Importance of Open-Ended, Fantasy, and Creative Play

Parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids entertained, while encouraging them in the process. In this episode, I share my favorite way of doing this- a screen-free play area filled with open ended toys that fosters creativity and imagination in your child.

Some people believe screens should be completely banned from children’s lives but there is no consensus on how best to raise our next generation so we can’t put all our eggs into one basket when it comes to worrying about if they’re spending too much time glued at the laptop or video games! Screen free zones offer parents an easy option where you know your little ones will have fun playing imaginatively without being tied down by technology which makes life easier for everyone involved!

Click the link below for photos of Barclay’s Playroom and links to where you can purchase many of the items listed.

Barclay’s Playroom!

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Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen is a former children's librarian of nearly twenty years. She now spends most of her time obsessively pounding on a keyboard. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her upcoming YA Worth it debuts in May of 2024. She is also a freelance writer for The Autism Helper. When she's not writing, she and her family are most likely crusing the waters of Tampa Bay.

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