Open ended play with loose parts, STEM/STEAM learning activity for toddlers

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PreK - 1st, Homeschool
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Minimal prep STEM/STEAM activity for toddlers, Loose parts open ended play

Open ended play, imaginary play, loose parts play, whatever you want to call need them in your life! These full sized alphabet themed pages are perfect for incorporating STEM/STEAM activities with your toddlers. Print and laminate for re-use, and use loose parts to build and decorate the page. This activity can be done in a group setting, or independently for a quiet time activity. Add pages to a binder and use reusable stickers for travel, great for the busy holidays.

⭐️This activity covers the following common core standards. You can read more about them at the bottom of the page.



What is open ended play?

It is a way to play without any structure or guidance, allowing the child to explore without the fear of mistakes. The child is allowed to express themself freely and creatively without judgement or micromanagement. They will enhance cognitive development, social and language skills, problem solving and more.

⭐️When choosing the loose parts I always aim for at least 5 different items with different textures, sizes, and shapes.

⭐️I simply leave the display on the table and let the kids take it from there. They chose their own mat and what to build on it. Of course they are going to ask "What are we doing?" "What is this?". I first ask them, what they think. I then let them know what the page looks like to me, and they take it from there.

⭐️The best part about these pages, is that they are for ANY age! We have a range of 2-5 in our class and they all love these pages. I'm sure even up to age 8 would love them. Hey, if you as the teacher want to do them I won't judge .


⭐️What's Included:

  • 156 full sized letter pages. Alphabet themed (beginning sounds)
  • Variety of 6 of each letter is included

  1. A for arctic
  2. B for beach
  3. C for cake
  4. D for desert
  5. E for emotion
  6. F for farm
  7. G for garden
  8. H for hive/honeycomb
  9. I for island
  10. J for jungle
  11. K for kingdom
  12. L for lunch
  13. M for mermaid
  14. N for necklace
  15. O for outer space
  16. P for pizza
  17. Q for queen
  18. R for robot
  19. S for snowman
  20. T for treasure
  21. U for underground
  22. V for volcano
  23. W for wilderness
  24. X for X-ray
  25. Y for yogurt
  26. Z for zoo

⭐️Your kiddos will learn to: Explore without the fear of mistakes, express themself freely and creatively without judgement or micromanagement, enhance cognitive development, social and language skills, problem solving and more.


  • Print and laminate pages or add to a binder
  • Provide loose parts for the children to use and play on and around the pages

So much fun! Great for rainy day activities!

⭐️⭐️You can try the letter K for kingdom set for free in my Learning Library. Click the "emails" link below for access


⭐️More alphabet themed activities:

Virtual scavenger hunt A-Z

Printable scavenger hunt A-Z

Alphabet match flash cards

Solve the case files-process of elimination

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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