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Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play

We have an exciting new activity for parents with their babies or toddlers at The Gower School. I am delighted to tell you that we will be offering a group of Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play stay and play sessions from Friday 1st March 2019. Treasure Basket sessions are suitable for babies aged between 6 and 12 months. Heuristic Play sessions are suitable for toddlers aged between 12 months and 20 months.

Sessions will take place weekly in the nursery hall at 28 North Road from Friday 1st March, at 9am for Heuristic Play, and 10am for Treasure Baskets. Each session will be 45 minutes long.

Treasure Baskets are a wonderful holistic approach to the exploring which young babies need to do, and our sessions will offer plenty of materials for your baby to explore and engage with, in a relaxed environment. More mobile babies and toddlers will be able to actively engage with the Heuristic Play materials, and will enjoy their Eureka (discovery) moments. Each session will be accompanied by music, and parents stay with their child throughout. This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your child, observing their development and seeing what catches their interest in the session.

Treasure Baskets

Treasure Baskets contain a vast range of everyday objects that are usually made from natural materials for babies to sit next to and explore. The baskets have a broad base and a large opening at the top, so the baby can see everything in the basket and access it easily if they wish to. The items in the baskets are kept clean, safe and hygienic as babies enjoy exploring with their mouths.

We use Treasure Baskets at The Gower School as they assist babies in developing a number of skills. Young children enjoy learning and exploring through sensory play. They respond to their surroundings through the senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight and movement. Treasure Baskets provide babies with a wide range of experiences which aid the brain to make connections and develop. Babies learn from Treasure Baskets by looking, touching, sucking, licking, banging, picking up and dropping. It gives babies the opportunity to explore and decide independently whatever they wish to play with.

An adult always sits nearby so they are able to observe and supervise. It is not necessary for an adult to intervene unless it is clearly required; in fact adult interference is discouraged.

We use Treasure Baskets with Les Nounours, the three to 24 months old group, each day from 4pm to 6pm.

There is an annual Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play week when parents are invited to join their child in the classroom.

Heuristic Play

The word ‘heuristic’ comes from the Greek ‘Eureka’ meaning discovery, so the purpose of Heuristic Play is to discover by trial and error.

As babies develop, they have a natural growing curiosity to explore items and see what can be done with them. Heuristic Play consists of providing children with a large number of varied objects and receptacles, which they explore with freely for as long as they wish. It is a natural progression from Treasure Baskets and was developed by a team of child experts.

Heuristic Play provides children with the chance to strengthen cognitive development, fine muscle control and also hand/eye coordination. Toddlers have the urge to handle objects and like to gather them, fill them, stack them and manipulate them in any way they can. Heuristic Play sessions allow children to do this with a wide range of real objects in a safe and secure environment. It also helps their attention span as children of this age tend to have difficulty in staying focused on something for more than a few minutes. In addition to this, children benefit from handling ‘real’ objects made from metal or wood rather than plastic as it helps the refinement of their senses as they explore the items.

Heuristic Play is suitable for babies and toddlers and takes place daily:

Les Nounours (three months to 2 years old) have Heuristic Play and Treasure Basket sessions every day from 4pm to 6pm.

Les Petits Lapins (11 months to 2 years old) and Les Petits Poussins (18 months to 2 ½ years old) have Heuristic Play sessions three times a week during the morning from 9:30am to 11:30am.

There is an annual Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play week when parents are invited to join their child in the classroom.