- What does “heuristic” mean?
The term heuristic play was coined by Elinor Goldschmied (1910-2009). Heuristic play is about supporting curiosity, wonder, imagination and free exploration. The open ended, everyday objects, allow children to select, explore, manipulate and compare items with each other. During this type of exploration play, the child is engaged in their own learning journey and building their own opinions about what the object can or can't do.
- What is the “theory of loose parts”?
Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. You'll find our loose parts collection offers many different objects, of all shapes, sizes and textures to excite and spark children's imagination and sensory learning. All objects are eco friendly and you won't find any plastic here!
“A ‘loose-parts’ toy, as Nicholson defined it, is open-ended; children may use it in many ways and combine it with other loose-parts through imagination and creativity” - Richard Louv
- What age are these for?
Heuristic sets and loose parts can be used with children of all ages, ensuring they are age appropriate and do not pose a choking hazard for a child aged under three. All our heuristic sets are safe for children aged under three. It is however, your responsibility to ensure you select products which are suitable to your individual context and under adult supervision at all times while children are playing with these products. We strongly advise mandatory adult supervision at all times.
- Are these eco-friendly?
YES! We pride ourselves on maintaining our stance on being plastic free. Our heuristic sets come in a cotton linen blend bag and wrapped in Geami WrapPak, which is naturally biodegradable, compostable, recyclable and made from sustainable forests. We then wrap in another layer of FSC certified & acid free tissue paper from @noissueco and pop into an @gosweetspot_official compostable courier bag derived from biopolymers and co-polymer; PBAT (polybutylene adipate terephthalate), Corn-starch and PLA (polylactic acid). PHEW!
- How can I trust you?
All our items are checked thoroughly for safety before being sent out. We understand the importance of providing safe, play items for you little one. We ensure our products meets the safety requirements under the Product Safety Standards (Children's Toys) Regulations 2005 AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2016. We clearly state on our website our safety policy and include information around safety and supervision with every order:
"Due to the nature of our products listed on our website, some of these may pose a choking hazard to children aged under 3 or children who are likely to mouth objects. We strongly advise mandatory adult supervision at all times.
In purchasing our items listed on our website, it is your responsibility to ensure you select products which are suitable to your individual context and under adult supervision at all times while children are playing with these products"
- How do I clean my play treasures?
We understand that hygiene is important, and especially more than ever! We recommend that for all wooden and metal parts, you use a mix of vinegar and water (1:10) and wipe each part with a damp cloth, making sure to squeeze out any excess water. Pop in the sun to dry. For cloth materials, simply wand wash in soapy water and dry in the sun.
- Do you wholesale?
Yes we do! For all wholesale inquiries please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can work together to create your own bespoke heuristic sets for you individual needs. We’d be happy to discuss your needs and develop a partnership with you!
- Tell me about your shipping service
All ProjectPlay orders within NZ, are sent via Post Haste from our office in the sunny Hawke's Bay. Please allow up to 2 working days for your order to be processed and ready for courier pick up. We aim for an overnight delivery, however sometimes this is out of our control. We recommend allowing up to 5 business days from door to door.
** For all bulk orders or wholesale orders, please please allow up to 5 working days for courier pick up
Our current shipping charges are;
$7.50 Post Haste
FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $100
$15 NZPOST (EPARCEL SERVICE)
FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $150