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Types of play – solitary – heuristic

6 month old baby plays with a basket of objects. He uses his sense to explore their different properties. Adult is near by but does not engage with the play.

Good for looking at

  • Heuristic play
  • Sensory play
  • Types of play - solitary
  • Object play
  • Characteristics of effective learning - playing and exploring


  • What cues can you see that show what the baby is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the baby is learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the baby’s learning?
  • How do the materials provided support the baby’s learning?