Heuristic Play (Back to the Butterfly Room Homepage)


Heuristic play supports the child’s sensory motor development as it stimulates all the senses and therefore creates a rich learning experience. During Heuristic play, the baby uses their primal instinct to explore objects with their hands and mouth in order to make discoveries about the physical characteristics of different objects.

We use Treasure Baskets with our babies from the time they can sit unaided to around 16-18 months. Following the Treasure Basket principles as developed by Elinor Goldschmeid, our Treasure Baskets are filled with objects from the ‘real world’, made from a variety of materials (with limited plastics). It is through handling and exploring these objects that a baby develops contact with the outside world, and begins to make their own choices and decisions.

By using Treasure Baskets with babies we provide them with rich mental stimulation, which not only activates the growth of the brain but also provides richly satisfying experiences for the baby in which they develop confidence and concentration as they explore at their own pace.

We have a collection of Treasure Baskets including:

Wooden – Metal – Silicone/Rubber – Glass – Textiles – Natural – Brushes – Fruit/Vegetables.