Heuristic Play in Dubai Nurseries
In their book People Under Three Elinor Goldschmied and Sonia Jackson coined the term heuristic play, to explain how to provide a more structured opportunity for this kind of activity. Heuristic play ‘consists of offering a group of children, for a defined period of time in a controlled environment, a large number of different kinds of objects and receptacles with which they play freely without adult intervention’. It is particularly useful for children in their second year who often seem unwilling to engage in any activity for more than a few minutes. Heuristic play is something we implement in all our Dubai Nurseries, none more so than our Early Learning Centre in Academic City.
Whilst the heuristic play session is in process, it is important that adults remain seated and quiet. This supports children in making their own choices and discoveries.‘ As for why it’s so popular: probably a combination of two things
Engaging in heuristic play is fairly inexpensive as household items can be used in creative ways. In addition, parents have more control over the “toys,” as the children can use natural wood or plastics that are food-grade (and therefore safer for children than some store-brought toys which have been decorated with paints and other toxins.
Parents love watching their children discover; which is inherently what heuristic play / treasure baskets encourage. Almost without exception, parents I speak to beam with excitement as they tell stories of how pots and pans have been turned into drums or hats. Or when baby stacked his first set of blocks.
At Blossom, we encourage heuristic play through our Skygarden Baskets loaded with natural and recycled items such as brushes, cork, dried leaves and more. All items are regularly updated in order to keep children interested. If you’d like to create baskets for your children feel free to ask one of the Blossom team at a nursery near you, or call us 055 NURSERY