The treasure basket is a collection of everyday objects chosen to stimulate the different senses. It is one way of giving babies a wide range of experiences that help the brain to make connections and develop – and helps keep them happy!
What do I do?
A treasure basket should have a flat bottom, should be strong enough for the baby to lean on without tipping up, and be made of natural material
- Fill the basket to the brim with objects, so that your baby has plenty to choose from
- Babies want to put everything into their mouths. Make sure that everything you choose for the basket is safe
- Sit nearby and watch, but there is no need to talk or intervene unless your baby clearly needs attention
- Make sure that your baby is seated comfortably and safely and provide cushions for support if necessary
- Check the contents of the basket regularly, cleaning objects and discarding any damaged items.
Suggested items for a treasure basket
Everyday items from around the house are best. The purpose is to offer interest through
- Touch: texture, shape, weight
- Smell: variety of scents
- Taste: more limited scope, but possible
- Sound: ringing, tinkling, banging, scrunching
- Sight: colour, form, length, shininess
A basket could contain
- Natural objects – fir cones, big shells, large walnuts, pumice stone, fruit; apple, lemon
- Objects made from natural material – woollen ball, little baskets, brushes
- Wood – rattles, spoons, egg cups, bowls, pegs, napkin rings
- Metal – spoons, tin lids, tea strainer, garlic squeezer, bunch of keys
- Odds and ends – little notebooks, small purses, small cardboard boxes, inside of kitchen rolls, tinfoil