The Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play approach is all about offering naryural and household objects to babies and young children to play with. This simple approach promotes extraordinary capacities of concentration, intellectual curiosity and manipulative mastery.

Full of resource ideas and activties, this book offers  accessible explanations of how the under 3s think and  learn, step-by-step guidance for setting up play sessons and  descriptions of the  best  materials to offer. Featuring original interviews between the author and elinor Goldschmied, who was  the  pioneer of the Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play, this third edition of Developing Plays for the Under 3  has been thoroughly updated to include:

  • A new chapter with case studies to show how Heuristic Play can be offered to 2- to 4-year-olds.
  • A new chapter exploring the myths and misunderstandings of this approach.
  • Links to the Forest School Movement
  • Research  evidence supported by case studies
  • The characteristics of effective learning and how the Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play promote these.
  • Information about the  Forebel Archive project, brigning the story of Elinor Goldschmied’s work alive through film.

Based on a wealth of research into how babies learn and the principles of learning, together with the author’s own personal experience  of working with the under 3s, this book will be indispensable to anyone involved in the  care and development of children in this age group.

Anita M.Hughes is an independent chartered educational psychologist and has been working in the field of Early Years for over 30 years.

273 g

3rd edition


A. M. Hughes