Have you ever made a treasure basket for your baby, or a group of babies in your care or classroom? To understand the theory, benefits and thinking behind this wonderful concept, please read this earlier post explaining what heuristic play is and how to create treasure baskets for babies.
It explains what to include, what not to include and why each type of item is beneficial!
We have been making and using treasure baskets since Cakie was a baby. They have evolved over the years to have many different contents, sometimes grouped by theme, but usually just containing a wonderful array of textures, colours, scents, shapes and natural materials. The baskets rarely contain any plastics and certainly don’t have any electronic toys or flashing lights. They are simply full of everyday objects, ready to be explored and discovered by tiny hands!
Baby Bean is very active now and keen to investigate absolutely everything she can get her fingers on! She has a treasure basket in the living room and our bedroom and we have just put together this small travel size basket for popping in my bag when we go out. The contents are being updated regularly to keep her interested, and so far she loves this one the most of all, perhaps because of the added wonder of a lid that comes on and off!
This travel treasure basket contains:
natural objects such as large shells and pine cones (cleaned first)
lengths of silky and sheer ribbon, securely knotted together to create extra texture and interest
a range of chunky bangles
rounded, mirror blocks
wooden shakers and bells
large coloured pom poms
shiny golden eggs
metal jar lids
These can all be explored and investigated using all of the senses, as well as manipulated, examined. stacked and sorted, depending on the age of the child.
Please note, very clearly, to only use things you deem to be safe for your child. Nothing so small it could be a choking hazard, of course. And ALWAYS supervise your baby while they play, this is a key rule of treasure basket play. Read the original post for a full explanation.