Create a baby treasure basket for exploratory play and learning for little hands and minds!
If you’ve been reading here for a while you will remember the baby treasure baskets I have posted over the years, right back from when Pop was a baby (she’s nearly 3, waaaah!) If you would like a good introduction to this type of play, read our original post all about the thinking behind baby treasure baskets and the benefits of heuristic play here.
Sometimes it is good to freshen up the treasure basket by introducing a limited range or theme of items. We recently put together a really quick and simple basket for baby Bean that consists entirely of circular objects in various different diameters, materials and textures. The older children were able to help with the selection of objects, talking about their shape and properties as they did so. This prompted good discussion around whether objects were flat circles or three dimensional cylinders, and if that mattered or not in our circular collection. They decided to combine them all together.
We used bracelets, bangles, metal and plastic food lids, cardboard tubes (not toilet rolls), round mirror blocks, pastry cutters and napkin rings. Because of the various sizes and materials Bean was able to place them inside each other, stack with them, roll them, overlap and bang them together. She explored them with her hands and mouth and by bashing them into all other objects she could find. We kept these materials for about a week before re-introducing some of these older objects
. We are making more of these for weekly play changes and will post about them soon!
What they are learning while they play:
maths: playing with familiar objects, exploring shapes, feeling the roundness of circles, playing with different sizes and thicknesses
motor skills: grabbing, dropping, rolling, stacking, overlapping, nesting, placing in and taking out, hand/eye co-ordination
phse: concentration skills, determination, thinking skills
Bean: 11 mos (8 mos at time of activity)
Here is a travel-size baby treasure basket you might like.
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