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Every Baby Should Have a Treasure Basket – Here’s How to Make One

photo via The Imagination Tree


Remember the sensory box?  Well, say hello to his little brother, the treasure basket – a super simple sensory box for babies.  The concept is easy – just fill a container with objects of varying texture, weight, shape, etc. and let baby go at it.According to Anna, an early education and art specialist from The Imagination Tree, treasure baskets benefit babies age 6-18 months by:

  • encouraging them to use their senses to discover, explore, investigate and examine new materials/ shapes/ colours/ tastes/ textures/ sounds/ weights/ quantities
  • developing their thinking skills
  • promoting open-ended and independent play

I’ve been intrigued by this idea for a while now and have already set up a few mini-treasure baskets for S around the house (tip: upcycled wipes containers work great for this).  I read up further on them here and was surprised to find that it’s recommended to fill your baskets with 50 – 100 items!

For a detailed list of what’s in the basket above (meant for a 12 month old) check out Anna’s full post.   She also provides a nice introduction to the philosophy behind treasure baskets here.

When you’re done reading up, come back and tell me what you’d put in your basket.



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Secret Mommy April 29, 2011 at 4:36 am

I love this idea! My 3 year old often pulls the big toys out of his toy box and I find my 15 month old digging through the little odds and ends and funny bits of things floating around at the bottom. I suppose that’s his sensory basket, though if we have another baby, I might be more purposeful and create one like this! I’d definitely go for contrasts and LOVE that big seashell in the picture along with the pine cones and ribbon and colored rice in the plastic bottle. Great stuff!


Anna @ The Imagination Tree May 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Thanks so much for featuring my treasure baskets here!


Jennifer Williams May 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I LOVE treasure baskets – here is mine – it gets daily use by my son – he really loves the different balls and things that roll away!

Love the bottle – I fancy making him some sensory bottles soon!

Jen x


Anonymous June 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I use a sensory box at work with my babies (Long day care) and they love it! Another great item to add is coloured cellophane! They love looking through the different colours and scrunching it in their hands :)


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