Sunday, April 2, 2017

100 Items for Heuristic Learning Baskets

Heuristic Play involves discovering properties of different items. It is an excellent way to provide self directed learning activities for your toddlers. Here are 100 ideas for items to include in your discovery baskets.


  • Pot holder
  • Metal spoon
  • Measuring cup set
  • Wooden toy food
  • Coffee filters
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sea shells
  • Small cloth
  • Jar lid
  • Cotton rounds



  • Sandpaper
  • Crate
  • CD
  • Blocks
  • Cotton balls
  • Tongs
  • Scarfs
  • Measuring spoons
  • Paint brushes
  • Small pots






  • Paper bag
  • Whisk
  • Sphere or ball
  • Q tips
  • Yarn
  • Pot lids
  • Napkins
  • Wooden bowl
  • Paper folded fan
  • Wine corks





  • TP roll
  • Wax paper
  • Strainer
  • Foil ball
  • Rolling pin
  • Pillow case
  • Paper plates
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Maracas
  • Ribbon



  • Felt squares
  • Stir sticks or ruler
  • Magnets
  • Spatula
  • Egg beaters
  • Old wallet
  • Knit hat
  • Stackable canned foods
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Forks


  • Straws
  • Colorful paper squares
  • Bell
  • Painted sticks
  • Pumpkins
  • Rocks
  • Pine needles
  • Pine cones
  • Mittens
  • Beaded necklace

  • Sticker sheet
  • Tissue box
  • Recycled yogurt containers
  • Apple
  • Leaves
  • Toy cars
  • Wooden rings
  • Paper towel roll
  • Woven basket
  • Pack of oyster crackers

  • Salt shaker full of confetti
  • Unopened juice pouch
  • Water bottle
  • Napkins
  • Old lotion bottle
  • Picture frame with out the glass
  • Pom poms
  • Sponges
  • Comb
  • Small blank canvas

  • Scrub brushes
  • Limes
  • Paint sample cards
  • Paper book or journal
  • Medallions or doubloons
  • Box with a lid
  • Thermos
  • Binoculars
  • Zipper pouch
  • Rolled up ace bandage

  • Spray bottle with water
  • Flash cards
  • Bandaids
  • Tambourine
  • Oven mit
  • Silicone kitchen utensils
  • Ice cube tray
  • Hair scrunchies
  • Make up brush
  • Kaleidoscope

Remember, heuristic play is meant for little ones to explore without assistance, but always supervise your littles while they explore -- so they don't do anything crazy with the new discovery items!

HAVE FUN!

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