In essence, discovery learning is about allowing children to explore and learn through their environment instead of direct tuition. This approach has been well researched and has even been proposed as the best learning method for areas such as science and mathematics.
Allowing children to create play with everyday items forms the basis of heuristic play. By playing with these items, children can access a new way to learn about the world around them. First introduced by Elinor Goldschmied to pre-school education, heuristic play is a child led activity with items that offer both intrigue and challenge but are also safe for children.
There are so many sensory, educational and developmental benefits of playing with water for children. Water play, along with playing with any natural elements, offers an opportunity for open-ended play for children. This means that children are free to play without any rules or objectives that may hinder their natural curiosity and imagination.
There are many types of play for children, and they all have their importance. Structured play allows children to learn rules, routines and social skills under the guidance of an adult. Free play, however, is about unstructured playtime where the adult’s role changes to be supportive and led by the child.