Stay and Play Session – Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play

Stay and Play Session – Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play

Stay and play sessions are a great way to provide parents with a gentle introduction to nursery life. It is a chance for existing and prospective parents to see certain types of play and activities whilst enjoying time together. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to chat to staff and other parents as well as gain some information about different resources, activities and aspects of learning and development for their child.

This session was devoted to “Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play”. These open ended resources are essential in offering children valuable play experiences at this young age. Here is a bit more information about what it entails :

Treasure Baskets

Babies under the age of one rely mainly on senses such as touch and taste to explore new objects and find out more about the world around them. Providing lots of opportunities for babies to investigate is the perfect way to nurture their curiosity. A treasure basket is a fantastic way of offering babies new and exciting objects to explore using all of their senses. They also help to developing attention, concentration and encourages making simple choices

Heuristic Play

Heuristic play is offered to children once they are mobile and have begun to transport objects from one place to another. The concept was originally developed by Elinor Goldschmied. She observed that young children developed a high fascination with exploring everyday objects and repeating actions with them, such as putting a small tube inside a bigger one or dropping a ball inside a box. As babies grow, they are no longer content to simply feel and ponder objects they begin to become more curious about what these objects can do. Providing simple resources for toddlers to explore independently, without the usual adult intervention, encourages their natural urge to explore whilst strengthening physical and cognitive skills at the same time.

We regularly hold stay and play sessions for all ages of children. Please keep an eye on our facebook page for details of upcoming sessions.


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