Heuristic Play – Treasure Baskets – what are they?
Benefits of Heuristic Play with Treasure Baskets, we believe, give baby the best start in life with play.
” The term Heuristic play describes the activity of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of ‘objects’ and treasure baskets are just what the words describe! A basket full of treasures!
What are Treasure Baskets and how are they beneficial for baby/child learning and development?
Treasure Baskets have been used for many years by childcare professionals to support babies/children’s all round learning in addition to their development.
Our Baskets support holistic learning, development and similarly curiosity through;
- sound and
- visual stimulation.
It’s a brilliant idea that works to stimulate and inspire exploration and discovery through multi-sensory opportunities.
This enables children to learn, develop and build confidence through the decisions they make.
Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play spark interest.
When baby shows an interest in something in particular, for example sound, then it’s simple to add more items that support this interest.
A length of metal chain sounds great rattled on a metal bowl.
A wooden spoon to bang on a metal pan or a treasure basket.
This is the brilliant thing about Treasure Baskets. They support your baby/child to be in control of their own learning. Your baby can make decisions about their play.
Montessori – heuristic play
The Montessori teaching method is based on learning through multi-sensory experience, this theory has proven that children benefit from learning in this way. Originally developed in Italy the Montessori (1897) theory is now practiced in schools across the UK.
UK Government and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum has acknowledged the Montessori’s approach. In their view this is at the centre of how children learn.
We provide a selection of baskets and bags containing a variety of contents based on the same theory.
Physically, baby is developing fine motor skills, as they manipulate the items they take from the basket.
Equally, they develop gross motor skills, and balance, as they stretch, reach, lean into the basket and lift items out.
Intellectually, baby is making important choice. In conclusion, there is more value in heuristic play than any other form of play.
For instance, take a look at mum Rachael’s comment.
“The girls are still enjoying their Treasure Basket, and discover new things every time”. – Rachael, mum of 3 year old and 10 month old.
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