Heuristic play

Open-ended play

The more I think about ways to support children in growing into productive, happy, and kind individuals, the more I realize that time outdoors may be the missing ingredient. Spending unstructured time in nature opens a world of wonder and awe.
In a world in which we are preparing our youngest generation for professions still unknown, it is imperative to fuel children’s curiosity and appetite for learning. This love of learning, along with the skills to communicate, problem-solve, and self-regulate, will lead to life-long success no...
Children in the Liverpool area have been benefiting from an initiative to inspire learning through block play.
Written by Jan White and published by Muddy Faces, Making a Mud Kitchen offers 32 pages of gorgeous photos and inspiring ideas.
Heuristic play is rooted in young children’s natural curiosity. As babies grow they move beyond being content to simply feel and ponder objects, to wanting to find out what can be done with them.
Mud is an art medium, one that we can mold, dry, and decorate. Unlike many other media, mud permits us to make mistakes.
Children’s surroundings provide a world for exploration, discovery, and enjoyment. Playing is what young children spend most of their time doing.
Traditionally the sand area has provided opportunities for manipulation, construction, and discovery as children experiment with pouring, digging, and mixing sand with water.
‘A Froebelian approach is… a whole way of thinking about children and childhood’, Helen Tovey writes.

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