Leigh's Nurseries Newcastle

Heuristic play with the Snowdrops!


Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a great week so far!

Heuristic play is something we love to focus on massively in our Snowdrop room here at Leigh’s Nurseries. A simplified definition of this form of play is when babies explore the properties of everyday objects like the ones shown in the images below!

This form of play is multi-sensory which means that all of the babies senses are constantly stimulated in a rich learning environment. They practice reaching out, grabbing, handling and moving the different objects, deciding which one to to pick up first all by themselves which is really key for their development! Switching from things like a wooden spoon to a piece of cloth really allows them to learn and experience the difference between the two, making their hand to eye co-ordination come on leaps and bounds which will eventually help them when it comes to eating or handling tools for themselves.

The core of this is that all of our Snowdrop babies are enabled to follow their own individual interests and curiosity which links to our unique ‘in the moment’ planning style. It really is incredible to watch them make their own decisions and keep themselves busy. Of course, staff members offer support but they try to take a back seat as much as possible as this really pushes them to test themselves. Their imagination and creativity during heuristic play knows no bounds as every object can be handled and played with in a variety of different ways. What amazes us the most is seeing just how much they concentrate on what they’re doing, it makes us so excited to see what they’ll go on to achieve throughout their lives.

Lots of love,

Leigh x

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Please feel free to contact us to arrange a visit. We'd love to show you what we do!

Newcastle Nursery

Chesters Ave, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 8QP

0191 259 9299


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Gateshead Nursery

The Den, Westfield Terrace, Gateshead NE8 4LD

0191 477 1097


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Heddon Nursery

1 Taberna Cl, Heddon-on-the-Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 0BW

01661 854001


7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday