Gryphon House Treasure Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers


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• Simple Strategies to help teachers create fun ways to engage the interest of the youngest children in their care.
• STEM for babies!
• Explains heuristic theory and how it is easily applied to infant and toddler environments
• Full-color interiors includes photoes that offer more ideas for Treasure Basket play
• Outlines how to create treasure baskets by age group


For the littlest learners, everything is an activity—feeling a rock, trying to lick a bubble, smelling a flower, or poking sand. In Treasure-Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers, teachers and caregivers of infants and toddlers will learn how these simple explorations support cognitive and vocabulary development. Grounded in the theory of early education pioneer Elinor Goldschmied, the book explains heuristic learning—discovery by trial and error—and how to encourage this type of learning to boost development.

Teachers will learn how to set up treasure baskets that encourage heuristic play: containers filled with easy-to-find items that support explorations in emergent language, math, and science skills. Encourage children to discover the sounds that a metal cup makes when banged on the floor. Invite them to feel the velvety texture of soft fabric or the bumpiness of a loofah sponge. Let them explore what a wooden ring and a cotton handkerchief can do together.

Through his explorations, the child is answering some fundamental questions: What is this and what can I do with it? Later, he will add to his knowledge: What else can this do and what can this become? This is cognitive development in action! Includes 80 pages. Age Focus: 0-3.

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Weight 0.60 lbs
Dimensions 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.30 in


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Unit of Measure: Each
Country of Origin: USA
Material: Paper
Product Size: 7" x 10"
Package Contains: 1 Book
Package Count: 1
Barcode: 9780876595756
ISBN Manufacturer Reference: 9780876595756
HTS USCode: 4901990093

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