The more children I have, the more I become aware of how over commercialized our culture is in all the toys and gadgets available on the market to entertain and literally over stimulate your baby. Babies are perfectly content to enjoy the things they find all around the house – from the sippy cup to the shoe. When my third little baby Eden arrived, I wanted to find some other creative ideas for her toy collection. As I shared a few days ago, I stumbled upon the idea of creating a Montessori inspired treasure basket with lots of fun things to explore from around our home and in nature. With this little treasure basket she can use all her senses and make discoveries independently. I love that! All at no cost, natural, and safe for baby’s budding senses. I just collected things I already had around the house and gathered them together in her own little treasure basket. This treasure basket is perfect for babies 6 months and older as they are just learning to sit up and can pull things out of the basket on their own. Eden has been quite delighted with her little collection and is entertained for extensive periods of time. The most different textures and colors you can find the better!
Here are the items in our basket:
A wooden salad spoon
A metal baby spoon
A toy metal whisk
a ball of wool yarn
a scrap of cotton flannel
a baby food jar with rice (she loves sucking and shaking this jar best!)
a toothbrush (who would have thought this would be so much fun?)
An old bracelet
A round block of wood
A new sponge
Wooden bell rattle
A large piece of cork (a large bottle cork has brought lots of delight)
And of course her Sophie giraffe…the one little baby toy I did buy and we love!
Other items on the list to collect:
A fancy napkin ring
A wooden bell
Painted wooden egg
For a wealth of further ideas for your own baskets, check out How to Make A Treasure Basket for your Baby.
Please use your own judgement as to what you would like to give your child. It may be best to use items under parent supervision. I cannot guarantee the safety of these items.