After a busy week at work and a long weekend of training I've had a lovely day at home with Joel engaging in Heuristic play.
I knew little ones always prefer the box and wrapping paper at Christmas to the shiny expensive toy but I didn't know there was a term for the type of play or why it was so important until this weekend. 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.
It's actually really important for children's development to let them explore imaginatively in their own way. It's amazing what left to their own devices children will creatively do with these objects. Unlike with many toys there are no right or wrongs or ways to fail, it's all about exploration.
We have been making music 🎶 (well a lot of noise) out of kitchen utensils and generally pushing objects around the floor. Joel has been so happy and concentrated for much longer than he would normally. Based on what I've learnt I now know this is an important part of schematic play and brain development. Everything toddlers do is purposeful and with intent. It's so interesting to sit back and really observe what they are doing and how they are learning all the time. Look forward to sharing more about this in toddler classes coming soon 😊