Heuristic Play Set mini - 13 piece introductory set with bag

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Heuristic play was a term coined by a child psychologist Elinor Goldschmeid in the early 1980's. Heuristic play describes the activity of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of 'objects'. These 'objects' are things from the real world.

Why is Heuristic play important?
Heuristic play gives children the opportunity to experience an environment where they can develop different ways to be creative and expressive in their handling of a variety of objects. It is an effective way of encouraging children to explore artifacts from our culture and to develop their thinking further.

What are the main principles of heuristic play?

Heuristic play is rooted in young children's natural curiosity. As babies grow, they move beyond being content to simply feel and ponder objects, to wanting to find out what can be done with them. Toddlers have an urge to handle things: to gather, fill, dump, stack, knock down, select and manipulate in other ways.

Included in your introductory  set:

• 1 x extra large wooden button
• 1 x wooden peg figure
• 1 x mason jar ring
• 1 x wooden egg
• 1 x egg holder
• 1 x Loofah ring
• 1 x mini salt scoop
• 1 x cupcake mold
• 1 x ribbon unicorn ring/ or silicon spoon*
• 1 x wooden peg
• 1 x shave foam brush
• 1 x silky hanky

. 1 x steel cup/ or fluffy ball*

*stock may vary due to availability 


All comes ready to gift in a reusable calico drawstring bag. 

Ideal from birth to 3 Years of age this heuristic play set is the perfect gift for babies.

Supports the following areas of learning:
• Visual development
• Cognitive development 
• Language development and social interaction
• Encourages listening skills
• Development of fine and gross motor skills
• Encourages hand eye coordination
• Stimulates senses
• Early recognition of colours and shapes
Ideal from birth to 3 years of age under adult supervision.

**Important Information**

The items within this set are not sold as toys or teethers, therefore, they must always be used as a sensory aid under adult supervision. Babies should not be allowed to place resources within their mouths.
~Check each item thoroughly before each play session~
General wear and tear may occur over time and items should be discarded if they break or deteriorate.
The object, colour and/or size of items may vary from pictures depending on availability.

Children under 3 years should under NO circumstances be left unattended with any of these products


We ship to any address in New Zealand, and you can expect to receive your order within 3- 5 days (often sooner), from payment being received. If you are paying by bank transfer you need to allow up to two working days for us to receive the payment. Rural address may take an extra 1 or 2 days.

Free Delivery

We offer free delivery on all orders over $120 NZD*

* This excludes play gyms, due to the nature of these there is a $10 surcharge for delivery on both the single and twin play gyms.

Our Delivery Service

We use both Courierpost and NZ Couriers for most deliveries, please specify to us if you have a prefered service in your area.

We endeavour to ship goods within 2 business days of receiving your order. Please note we do not ship orders on weekends or public holidays. All orders placed on a Friday will be shipped on the following Monday or Tuesday. You will receive email once your order has been shipped. Please note: these shipping times do not apply to pre-orders or Lay-Buy.

Please ensure your shipping address is correct, we will not be held responsible for un-delivered orders due to incorrect delivery details. 

Our standard courier service is non-signature required, and the courier will leave it in a safe place if no one is home.  Please advise us if the area you live in is a rural area so we can advise the delivery company, this is to ensure you receive your order on time.

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Changed Your Mind?

You may return new, unopened items within 7 days of delivery for a full refund, any returned items and packaging must be in perfect condition without fault or defect. return shippings costs will be the buyers responsibility.

Item Damaged or Received the Wrong Item?

In the unlikely event that you have received the wrong item, please contact us to arrange  a return, Baby Eden will pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error. 

If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the "Complete Orders" link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.

If any item you received is faulty or damaged, please contact us straight away on admin@babyeden.com quoting your order number, your name and address, details of the product and the reason for return, and whether you require a refund or a replacement.

We will then advise on how to proceed with the return and assist you through the process to resolve our error as quickly as possible.  You will have 30 days from receipt of the faulty item to return it to us according to our instruction.

Personalised Items

Unfortunately specially ordered and personalised items can not be return. All special or personalised orders may only be cancelled within 24 hours of placing the order should you change your mind, anytime over the 24 hours the order will be shipped upon completion.