In the toddler unit they like to do lots of creative work, which are displayed around the room and collected in art folders ready to go home and put in to the child’s scrapbook. We have a sensory play area which is readily available for the children to explore various objects. Once babies are more confidently mobile we can start introducing heuristic play sessions.
Elionr Goldschmied developed these; the word ‘heuristic’ comes from the word ‘heurisko’, which means ‘serves to discover’ or ‘gain an understanding of’. This describes exactly what the children are doing they are finding out what different objects are and what they can do. We use an area of the room where other activities will not interfere. We set the tins, baskets and boxes out around the room in small groups with a collection of objects near them. The children enjoy playing outside in the garden whatever the weather! They enjoy playing with hoops, balls, using bikes and climbing the steps to the climbing frame.