practice guide: treasure baskets and heuristic play
Elinor Goldschmied developed treasure baskets for babies who can sit up and the heuristic play approach for toddlers.Her practical ideas are still helping early years practitioners and parents to provide the rich and nurturing environment that babies and young children need if they are to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.
In a tribute to childcare pioneer Elinor Goldschmied, Anita Hughes looks at Treasure Baskets, Heuristic Play and her unique legacy.
Having looked at 'treasure-basket play', Penny Tassoni looks at how this type of play can be developed with toddlers into something known as 'heuristic play'.
Penny Tassoni explains why treasure basket play is a fantastic experience for young children and how you can do it at home
Collections of natural objects offer children rich sensory experiences and are a great way to nourish their brains, says Anne O'Connor.
Babies and toddlers learn from experience and love to explore all sorts of shapes, sizes and textures of even the most basic household items. Nicole Weinstein explains the joy of treasure baskets and heuristic play
Try treasure baskets and discovery boxes for babies to become engrossed in self-directed play, in the second part of a series from Claire Stevenson, Donna Luck and Veronica Lawrence.
In practice, treasure baskets are a tried and tested resource that provide endless fascination for the babies who explore them, but their originator was strict about how they should be made and used. Here Nicole Weinstein asks early years settings to try out different versions.
It's not just babies who gain from heuristic play - and better still if it takes place outdoors, as Sara Davies found in her research.
Children start to understand the world by exploring objects, writes Jools Page, Senior Early Childhood Consultant, Kent
Influenced by the principles of heuristic play, staff at Stepping Stones Childcare Centre have developed sand areas that give the under-threes choice and unrestricted access. Manager Jill Tomlinson explains how.
The principles of a leading early years equipment maker are behind bags of natural objects for heuristic play, assembled by school pupils. Ruth Thomson reports.
Elinor Goldschmied's contributions to the education of children and their carers are described by Sonia Jackson
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