If you’re pregnant, have a baby, or are expecting a new grandchild, this is the perfect time to make something found in Montessori infant-toddler programs – a treasure basket.
A treasure basket is simple and inexpensive to create. It contains a number of items found in your home and in nature. (Try to avoid plastic.)
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Treasure Basket Ideas from How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way
A treasure basket encourages your baby to use his or her senses to explore and make new discoveries independently. In How To Raise An Amazing Child the Montessori Way, Tim Seldin introduces a section on making a treasure basket with:
All around your baby is a magical world of objects just waiting to be discovered.
Once your baby is able to sit and hold things she will love to explore a ‘treasure basket.’ This is a low basket or sturdy box you have filled with lots of interesting household objects and things from nature. The objects must be large enough not to be swallowed and free from sharp edges or anything else that might be harmful when they are touched and quite possibly mouthed by a young child. Older toddlers enjoy the treasure basket, too – just keep introducing new objects.
The book recommends using items that are:
- Fabric and leather
The book warns against:
- Small choking hazards
- Objects with sharp edges
- Objects with loose threads or pieces
- Anything that might be harmful if mouthed
- Materials with non-colorfast dyes
Treasure Basket Ideas from Around the Blogosphere
Here are some sites with great ideas for treasure baskets:
Themed Treasure Baskets for Babies (my roundup post)
Kitchen Treasure Basket for Babies (my post)
Ball Treasure Basket for Babies (my post)
Have fun watching your baby learn through the simplicity and beauty of a treasure basket!