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The treasure basket and heuristic play approach is astoundingly simple; by offering natural and household objects to babies and toddlers you can make a profound impact on their learning capabilities, encouraging concentration, exploration and intellectual development.
Based on a wealth of research into how babies learn, Developing Play for the Under 3s shows how using this approach can transform the learning abilities of babies and toddlers. Featuring never before published, original interviews with the pioneer of the treasure basket and heuristic play, Elinor Goldschmied, this second edition includes:
Anita M. Hughes uses her own personal experience of working with the under 3s to guide readers through the benefits of the treasure basket and heuristic play. With clear and practical guidelines, this book is indispensible for anyone involved in the care of children in this age group wishing to create rich learning experiences.
"This book provides a wealth of useful information on how to provide open-ended resources which will engage babies' and toddlers' interests and build on their fascinations." --Early Years Update, December 2010.
Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction 1. A tribute to Elinor Goldschmied 2. How babies and children learn 3. The beginning of sensory and physical development 4. The Treasure Basket – ‘What is the object like?’ 5. Offering the Treasure Basket 6. Heuristic Play – ‘What can I do with the object?’ 7. Offering Heuristic Play material 8. Play with a Purpose (2-3 year olds) – ‘What can the object become?’ 9. Expanding the approach 10. Conclusion: final thoughts References and further reading Index