PlayBase has a wide range of resources to support a child’s learning through play. Our resources aim to encourage a child’s creativity through exploration and discovery.

A visit to PlayBase is a must to see the whole range of resources we offer.

In the meantime you can browse our pdf catalogues by clicking on the jigsaw pieces below. Should you wish to reserve a resource, please email us quoting the number beside the bar code of the resources required and date for uplift, we will have this ready for you to collect.

Construction and Block

We have a selection of building and construction resources. These include construction themed resource boxes, large Lego Dacta bricks, duplo, stickle bricks and Community Playthings unit blocks.

Friedrich Froebel wrote about the importance of building blocks as simple playthings that allow children to “feel and experience, to act and represent, to think and recognise”. Unit Blocks – offer a diverse range of learning opportunities to children, especially maths concepts.

Games and Puzzles

We have a wide variety of games and puzzles. These include board games, outdoor games, floor and table top puzzles. Board games and Jigsaw puzzles help children develop logic and reasoning skills, improve critical thinking and boost spatial reasoning. This type of play also supports hand eye coordination and the development of fine and gross motor skills.

Heuristic and Sensory

Our Heuristic resources include: Treasure Baskets, Heuristic Play Boxes and a selection of open ended materials.

Heuristic play was a term coined by a child psychologist Elinor Goldschmied 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.

Imaginative Play

We have a variety of small world resources for children to explore. They include: Pirates, Dionosaurs, Airport, Zoo, Farm, Dolls House, ELC Happy Land and many more.

“The young child will use toy people, animals, cars and trains to create “little worlds,” replaying family events, acting out familiar stories, or making up new situations.

This is a way of claiming a safe arena where he can safely exercise control and make (and break) the rules.” Children Nature and You.

Literacy and Numeracy

All of our resources support literacy through play. We have a wide variety of interactive resources to support an encourage discussion.

These include: Puppets, story sacks/baskets, prop boxes and books. We also have a library of Rhyming books and Traditional stories along with popular story books.

Expressive Arts

We have a wide variety of resources to support musical, artistic and dramatical pay. Our resources aim to nurture a child’s creativity, exploration and enjoyment through the expressive arts.

These include: Painting windows, light box, musical instruments, floaty fabrics, dressing up props, transient art resources, loose parts and more.

Children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development is improved with creative activities.

Outdoor and Physical

All of our resources can of course be used both in and outdoors which can offer a completely different learning experience for the children.

We have a wonderful Outdoor Adventure kit which includes everything you would need for a day in the woods; outdoor suits, tarpaulins, foraging bags, small rucksacks, magnifying glasses, torches and so much more. To further extend outdoor adventures we also have : hammocks, fire bowls and Kelly kettle. Booking in advance is essential.

We also have a range of resources that encourage and support physical play. They include : Outdoor Games, Parachutes, balls, tunnels, blocks, balancing boards and much more.

Exploration and Discovery

We have a selection of resources supporting a wide variety of interests. The resources can provide a more focussed approach on individual subjects ranging from: People Who Help Us, Harvest, Seasons, Transport, Space, Mini Beasts, and much more.

The boxes include both factual information and storybooks and also relevant props. They are a great resource to extend children’s individual interests and can also be used to create interactive displays helping to engage children and encourage discussions.

To support responsive planning we have Talking Tubs available for you to create your own resource to provoke talking and thinking.

"Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play."
Magda Gerber