What is heuristic play?
Heuristic play is rooted in young children's natural curiosity. As babies grow, they move from beyond feeling content to simply feel and ponder objects, to wanting to find out what can be done with them. Toddlers have an urge to handle things: to gather, fill, stack, knock down, select and manipulate in other ways. When toddlers make an interesting discovery - for instance when one item fits into another or an interesting sound is produced - they often repeat the action several times to test the result, which strengthens cognitive development as well as fine muscle control and hand/eye co-ordination. Heuristic means helping to find out or discover, proceeding by trial and error. It stems from the same root as Eureka - 'I found it!'