Wow – Heuristic Play!

Time to write something about Heuristic Play. If you have a child from one year up to five, this is a great fun. You can adapt it in your own way and find objects you like.

Heuristic Play comes from the Greek word ‘eurisko’, which means ‘I discover’ or ‘I find’.
It’s amazing how many possibilities you can have, it  just depends on what resources you will collect to stimulate and satisfy children’s curiosity.

Here are examples of what sets of objects you can easly collect.

Cardboard Tubes

Set of tins

Set of Baskets

Yogurt Pots

Flower Pots

Wooden Pegs


Jar Lids

Variety of Brushes

Cotton Reels

Plastic Cups

Wooden Spoons

Metal spoons


There will be more examples next time!
With heuristic play there is no right or wrong; there is no sense of failure. Children are able to experiment and investigate freely as to what they can do with the objects.

Sheila Riddall-Leech in her book suggests what children could do at heuristic play :

– move or transport objects from one place to another in a variety of ways
– put objects inside other containers and take them out again, including smaller objects inside bigger ones
– roll objects across the floor or over different surfaces
– bang objects together, sometimes connecting, sometimes not
– make piles of objects and then knock them over, sometimes similar objects, sometimes just random choices
– make collections of similar objects
– turn and twist objects inside each other or in their hands
– wrap objects up in materials, including putting things over themselves

More to come…


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