DIY Build your Own Imagine Box Activity Digital Book
DIY Build your Own Imagine Box Activity Digital Book
DIY Build your Own Imagine Box Activity Digital Book

Heuristic Play

At home with the kids for the next 4 weeks? Use this Free activity book to help you out, with things that you already have at home.

This activity book is FREE for as long as the lockdown is in place.

Things that are not “toys” but kids love to play with, you have the power to choose what is culturally and age appropriate to your family.

Heuristic play is the core of a child’s curiosity to explore an object and to discover what it can do. In a world full of plastic and fast paced digital objects it’s important for your little one to be given the opportunity to discover natural objects in their own time and space, as it enhances their development. Play is how children best make sense of the world; it also gives children a chance to be in control in a world where they have little control over anything else.

Time is on your side at the moment, use it to slow down and enjoy being present with your children. Or if you need some time out use my ideas to set up the kids in a safe and engaging way and then make your self a cup of tea.

There is a lot of information on heuristic play on the Internet and a quick search will give you many ideas.

 

Many activities in this guide use common household items to encourage heuristic play.  You could create your own ‘Imagine Box’ with the items you collect for the activities.

If you need more ideas of things to do at home then head over to my Facebook page and look at all the pictures and videos of things I have done at home with my kids.

https://www.facebook.com/imagine.box.play/

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Infant Heuristic Play boxes
Infant Heuristic Play sets
Build your own Infant Box

The Infant Imagine Box is for 0yrs – 1 1/2yrs and is about exploring different items of texture and colour and having fun with the contents.

The key concepts for the infant box are; predictable, dependable, help, encouragement, individual, regular time to play with the box, familiar activities and then gradually new activities and things, unhurried with a adult, variety in play spaces and surface – smooth, floor, grass, carpet, indoor and outdoor.

The activity book that come with this box has instructions on how to set up a heuristic play environment and also activities that are based on the contents of the box and the ECE Curriculum. It is a mixture of heuristic play and some adult lead child discovery and explorations.

It arms you with the words and knowledge to foster your/the child’s natural instinct to explore and play.

“Build your own” boxes come with:

  • empty box
  • booklet specific to age and you choose pre-printed or digital (save $5 if choosing digital)
  • instructions on what to collect
  • safety instructions
$55.00$60.00 Select options
Build your own Toddler Box
Build your own Toddler Box
Build your own Toddler Box

The Toddler Imagine Box is for 1yr – 3yrs olds and is about experimenting with the different items to see what they are like and can do.

The Key Concepts for this Imagine Box are; independent with support, limited choice, resolve conflict – support for conflict and frustration, small group activities – solitary and parallel play, toddler lead and adult led, repetition and spontaneous activities, let them ask for help, active exploration with support.

The activity book that come with this box has instructions on how to set up a heuristic play environment and also activities that are based on the contents of the box and the ECE Curriculum. It is a mixture of heuristic play and some adult lead child discovery and explorations.

It arms you with the words and knowledge to foster your/the child’s natural instinct to explore and play.

“Build your own” boxes come with:

  • empty box
  • booklet specific to age and you choose pre-printed or digital (save $5 if choosing digital)
  • instructions on what to collect
  • safety instructions
$55.00$60.00 Select options
Build your own Young Child Box
Build your own Young Child Box
Build your own Young Child Box

The Young Child Imagine Box is for 2 1/2yrs – 5yrs about experimenting on a deeper level with gravity and force to see what actions cause what outcome.

The Key Concepts for this Imagine Box are; Predictable with moderate surprise and uncertainty, ideas and questions, pretend play, watching and imitating, practice story telling, sharing and taking turns, fun cooperative activities, fairness, justice, into into new social skills, others feelings and attitudes are understood, early maths concepts, creative events over a few days, humor and jokes, talk about play and develop reflective skills, gross and fine motor skills, purposeful problem solving, give reason for choice and argue logically, explore changing things hot/cold, wet/dry, soft/hard, explore movements of objects, spatial awareness.

The activity book that come with this box has instructions on how to set up a heuristic play environment and also activities that are based on the contents of the box and the ECE Curriculum. It is a mixture of heuristic play and some adult lead child discovery and explorations.

It arms you with the words and knowledge to foster your/the child’s natural instinct to explore and play.

“Build your own” boxes come with:

  • empty box
  • booklet specific to age and you choose pre-printed or digital (save $5 if choosing digital)
  • instructions on what to collect
  • safety instructions
$55.00$60.00 Select options
Build your own Mixed Age Box
Build your own Mixed Age Box
Build your own Mixed Age Box

The Toddler Imagine Box is about exploring different items of texture and colour.

The activity book that come with this box has instructions on how to set up a heuristic play environment and also activities that are based on the contents of the box and the ECE Curriculum. It is a mixture of heuristic play and some adult lead child discovery and explorations.

It arms you with the words and knowledge to foster your/the child’s natural instinct to explore and play.

“Build your own” boxes come with:

  • empty box
  • booklet specific to age and you choose pre-printed or digital (save $5 if choosing digital)
  • instructions on what to collect
  • safety instructions
$45.00$50.00 Select options