Treasure Basket Activity

A baby responds through senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight and physical movement. A treasure basket is ideal to support a baby’s exploration through these senses by providing a rich variety of everyday objects to offer stimulus to these different senses.

A treasure basket should be constantly changing and evolving and be regularly replenished with new objects.

Suggested items for a treasure basket:

  • Fir cones
  • Large pebbles
  • Shells
  • Chestnuts
  • Feathers
  • Pumice stone
  • Conkers
  • Piece of luffa
  • Small natural sponge
  • A lemon
  • An apple

 

Objects of natural material

  • Woolen balls
  • Little baskets
  • Wooden nail brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Shaving brush
  • House painting brush
  • Cosmetic brush

 

Wooden objects

  • Small boxes
  • Small drum
  • Castanets
  • Clothes pegs
  • Cotton reels
  • Curtain ring
  • Spoon or spatula
  • Bowl
  • Egg cup

 

Metal objects

  • Wire sponge
  • Small egg whisk
  • Bunch of keys
  • Lemon squeezer
  • Garlic squeezer
  • Bulldog paper clips
  • Closed tins containing rice, beans, gravel
  • Tea strainer
  • Tin lids
  • Large scent bottle top
  • Costume jewelry

 

Objects in leather, textile, rubber, fur

  • Leather purse
  • Colored marble eggs
  • Velvet powder puff
  • Tennis ball
  • Golf ball
  • Small cloth bag containing lavender, rosemary, thyme, cloves
  • Fur pompoms.

 

Paper/ cardboard

  • Inside of kitchen rolls
  • Small cardboard boxes
  • Tin foil
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Notebook

 

   

 

How is your baby responding?

  • Looking
  • Touching
  • Licking
  • Grasping
  • Mouthing
  • Picking up
  • Dropping
  • Banging
  • Selecting
  • Discarding
  • Sucking

 

Babies are exploring

  • Weight
  • Texture
  • Sound
  • Decision Making
  • Size
  • Shape
  • Smell

 

As they choose an object they are discovering

What it is? What it can do? What they can do with it!