Heuristic play was a term coined by a child psychologist Elinor Goldschmeid in the early 1980's. Heuristic play describes the activity of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of 'objects'. These 'objects' are things from the real world.
We live in a world where plastic toys dominate the shelves of toy shops, but plastic is dull and disappointing for babies, and while each rattle may look different each one smells, tastes and feels the same - it is unstimulating to a babies senses.
Using heuristic play with babies stimulates all the senses, creating a rich learning experience. Heuristic play with babies revolves around the use of the Treasure Basket - the Treasure Basket can be used with babies from the time that they can sit unaided, during this phase the primary question a baby would ask if they could talk would be 'What is the object like?'.
The Treasure Basket is a ridged low sided round basket filled with 'objects' from the 'real world' these 'objects' are made from any material but plastic, and come from a variety of sources in nature and the around the house. It is through handling and exploring these objects that a baby develops contact with the outside world.
I ensure your new bundle will love it!
PLEASE READ BELOW TO SEE WHAT IS IN YOUR BASKET :)
A small flat basket with small sides to hold the play
1 Metal linked chain
1 Wooden Ring with Ribbions attached
1 Small Paua Shell
1 Pine Cone
2 Wooden Pegs Large
3 Corks attached in a row with Natural String
1 Wooden Honey Dipper
1 Wooden Natural Brush
1 Fine Flax Ball
1 Sea Sponge
1 Small Metal Sieve
1 Felted Ball (colours/patterns vary)
3 Shells attached in a row with Natural String
1 Bean Bag filled with Rice
1 Bean Bag Filled with Acorns
1 Bean Bag Filled with Crunchy Plastic
1 Peacock Feather
1 Organza Bag of Feathers
I will be listing more of these baskets and more often than not the prices and items will vary a little.