Treasure Basket Play with Your Baby
At Wandsworth Preschool, we encourage your child to explore, play and learn. Your baby is surrounded by a world full of objects and textures just waiting to be discovered.
Once they’re able to sit up and hold things in their hand, a treasure basket is a great way to allow your baby to explore, experiment, and make their own choices, at their own pace.
A treasure basket is a low basket or sturdy box filled with plenty of interesting household objects and natural items for your little one to explore, including items such as paint brushes, pine cones, and feathers. The more tactile the objects, the better.
They’re relatively simple and inexpensive to create and provide hours of fun and sensory stimulation for your child!
Here at The Wandsworth Pre-School, we ensure that our children have access to regular treasure basket play providing sensory exploration and helping them to learn and develop. But why not try creating your own treasure basket at home?
How to create your own Treasure Basket at home
Creating a treasure basket for your little one can be lots of fun and a great way to learn.
First thing’s first, you’ll need to find a basket with a flat bottom that’s strong enough to ensure that it won’t tip over if your baby leans on it. We’d always advise opting for a basket made from a natural material rather than plastic. So that this can added to the sensory experience.
Once you’ve found your basket, it’s time to fill it to the top with a variety of natural and everyday items. Make sure that you choose natural objects that will engage all of your baby’s senses, and avoid shop bought toys.
To keep things interesting, change the items in the treasure basket regularly, introducing new objects and textures to widen your little one’s experiences.
During playtime, make sure you stay attentive, observe your baby at play, and provide plenty of social contact, but without intervening in their play or guiding their experience.
The Benefits of Treasure Basket Play
Treasure Basket play offers a whole host of opportunities for your child to explore the world around them, while engaging all five of their senses.
Your baby will be exposed to a rich sensory experience through sucking, holding, touching , moving the objects about in different ways, and putting items in their mouths, which will help them to learn about the objects – their weight, size, shape, texture, sound and smell.
Once you set your little one up in front of their treasure box, it can hold their attention for up to an hour or more as they explore the treats and treasures inside. It also prompts independent decision-making as they can choose the items out of the box themselves and decide when to divert their attentions to another item.
What’s in your Treasure Basket? We’d love to hear your ideas!