Babies are curious about their surroundings and learn through using all of their senses. Treasure baskets are an ideal way to engage this natural discovery, using every day objects.
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Making a treasure basket
Try using a basket with strong sides that is easy for your baby to access. You can put a piece of material or a scarf inside the basket to line it.
Fill the basket with a wide variety of everyday objects with differing textures, such as wooden objects, textiles, metal utensils, scented items and natural resources.
- Pick a time when your baby wants to be stimulated and isn’t too tired or hungry.
- It is wonderful to watch your baby’s curiosity develop and treasure baskets are a simple way to observe how your baby investigates.
- Place the basket beside them, allowing them to reach for items and explore for themselves.
- Your baby will enjoy engaging in a variety of ways including looking, touching, bashing and tasting. This is all part of their natural sensory development.
- Clean objects regularly
- Stay with your baby.
- Avoid items that are too small.
- Your baby will put items in their mouth so make sure there aren’t any sharp objects.
- If you are unsure about any item, leave it out.