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Treasure baskets & heuristic play

This one day training provides participants with a thorough introduction to treasure baskets and heuristic play. As well as taking part in hands-on practical activities, the theory and concepts behind this type of play will be shared, with reference to the work of educationalist, Elinor Goldschmied.

The session will include a variety of teaching strategies, from small group work, discussion and a visual presentation, to DVD footage of treasure baskets and heuristic play in action. Information, ideas, further reading and references will be provided, and links will be made to the revised EYFS and the characteristics of effective learning.

Aims of the session:

  • Experience for yourself the difference between conventional toys and a range of multi-sensory materials.
  • Learn how to make a treasure basket and heuristic play collection; what objects to include; the right age to introduce them and how to develop the ideas in your setting.
  • Think about the important role of the adult and how you might share this knowledge with colleagues and parents.
  • See inspiring ideas for different types of treasure baskets and creative ways to develop treasure baskets and heuristic play with older children and those with different needs.

* Please note: Birth to threes is the main focus for this training. However, if you wish to deepen your knowledge of this important stage of development, or want to incorporate more natural, open-ended multi-sensory play materials into your practice, you will also find it of interest.

To book this course, please complete our booking enquiry form

Trainer: Anni McTavish

Topic: 
heuristic play
Pedagogical principles into practice
Treasure baskets