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Treasure Baskets and Sensory Play

on January 21, 2014

I went to a parenting class over the last half term of last year and one of the 6 sessions was on play. From this session I took two key points:

One – Elvis loved picking his own items from the treasure basket at the centre.

Two – He especially loved the chunky metal bracelet!

So, what I did after was scour my mum’s house for the two random baskets I had left there and utilise some Christmas chocolate tins and I created 4 treasure baskets for Elvis to play with.

Everyday Items
This basket contains a spare spatula, spaghetti spoon, whisk, plastic baking brush and wooden spoon along with newly bought plain egg cup, 4 metal napkin holders, a flannel and a loufah type sponge thing. Elvis loves the chunky end of the spatula and the metal napkin holders which were the closest thing to chunky bracelet I could find! The spare items were literally spare kitchen items and the new things really did not cost much; I’d happily pass on 3 napkin holders to other parents.

The Sensory One
This basket was already created, but all the bits kept in a glittery box until I discovered treasure baskets. Most of this I bought especially for sensory time. We have a huge metallic silver blanket, three scarves (I purposefully picked the primary colours), a multicoloured ribbon toy, spiky light up ball, ball with holes and light up wand. I bought all of this from a baby class we attend and it really did not cost the earth. I added in a rainmaker, squeaky rattle toy and two home-made rattles.

We play with this basket upstairs in the nursery with the lava lamp and fibre optic tree on (both already owned by me). I may even add in a bubble machine if I still have it!

Noisy Toy Basket
After figuring out that Elvis likes to pick and choose his own toys somewhat, I used an empty chocolate tin and put all of his noisy toys in it. Sometimes he sits at the side of it and picks a toy, sometimes he turfs them all out one by on. Sometimes he simply tips the box up completely.

Quiet Toy Basket
Same as above, but with his non-noisy toys in, so his stacking cups and some chewy toys. We only made this one separate when he got too many new toys for Christmas.

~ P

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