My previous post on 5 Things To Do With Your Baby (Part 1) was quite well received & I’m happy to present more as I find time to write & post.
Today, I would like to introduce the wonders of a Montessori treasure basket for your baby! They are usually introduced when your baby is able to sit up on their own. However, you may start to introduce a treasure basket for him as young as 3 months, when he can do tummy time.
Setting up a treasure basket
Babies are naturally curious and eager to explore the world around them. A simple treasure basket is one of the best ways to introduce the world to them. It allows them to explore using all 5 of their senses.
As babies will explore using their mouths, place simple, safe & non battery operated items for them to explore. Keep around 5 – 10 items in the basket as too many items can be overwhelming. We would rotate or change new items for Baby E once every few days or when he is noticeably bored of the current items.
Items made of metal, wood, natural are highly recommended. I would try to avoid plastic but it is not easy. If really need to introduce plastic toys, keep them BPA & lead free.
I got my plastic box as a ‘basket’ from Ikea.
Offer the treasure basket when they are well rested & allow them to explore on their own. Parents or teachers should try not to interfere as much as possible.
Themes I had done:
- Things from the kitchen
- Manipulative toys
Baby E can easily spend up to 15 – 20 minutes quietly exploring his treasure basket!
Here are some links to get your treasure basket idea juice running 🙂