This simple, wooden sorting tray is excellent for open ended and inquiry based learning. The sorting tray features 9 sections for sorting and categorising. The wooden sorting tray measures 24cm wide x 24cm, deep x 8cm high. Each of the 9 holes measures 8cm wide x 8cm deep x 8cm high. The illustrated accessories are not included. Play is an important part of early childhood. Exploratory play and inquiry based learning encourages children to learn, develop and grow whilst they have fun. Children are encouraged to explore, investigate and develop ideas and hypothesis. They can test their ideas, and find new ways of building, creating, drawing, thinking etc. The use of open ended resources promote exploratory and investigative play as well as inquiry based learning. Creativity and imagination is developed through new ways of thinking. Often social skilled are built through team work, and language and communication skills improve. Perseverance is developed as children keep exploring and investigating their surroundings. Children will become more confident and develop a stronger sense of identity through play. Play encourages children to learn, develop and grow whilst they have fun.