This is my favourite post so far!!
I love, love, love the idea of a tiny person peering into a basket full of treasures just waiting to be explored. Thanks to the magic of childhood, ordinary items in a treasure basket appear exciting and interesting to a little one. The key with treasure baskets is to change the contents regularly to keep them fresh and new week to week and ensure there are no other distractions (TV off, other toys away) during play time. A theme is a good way to go but you don't have to follow this approach, you can just choose a variety of special items and toys for your little one to explore, lovingly displayed in a basket.
Here are some treasure baskets that my little one has enjoyed playing with recently...
(See many more examples on Pinterest or google images.)
1. Food Basket (play food from Ikea)
2. Things that are green
3. Peek-a-blocks (we borrowed these from our local toy library)
4. Things that are shiny and reflective
(my little one went straight for the ball of alfoil every time)
5. Balls in a basket
6. Things from nature
7. Things made of wood
8. Noisy Basket
***It is important to always supervise babies/toddlers with these kinds of activities. Be very careful with the items that you select for the treasure baskets and ensure that they are safe for baby (nothing too small that could be a choking hazard).
A little quote to finish today's post;
"Enjoy the little things in life, for one day,
you may look back and realise they were the big things"
- Kate Knapp
- Kate Knapp
Once again thanks to my 'blog-ogropher' James (I think I've just invented a new word!)...
...and thanks for reading!