Select a wicker basket that is round, with a flat bottom. Round is best because it is more comfortable for the child to sit next to.
Ideal dimensions are a height of 10-12cm and 35cm diameter
Needs to be strong enough for a baby to lean on (therefore no handles)
A Treasure Basket needs to have a rich variety of natural or household items for exploring with all the senses.
The items should vary in colour, texture, weight, fluidity, smell, temperature i.e. warm such as wood, cold such as metal or jade.
It may feel like you are doing nothing, but in fact, you are giving your baby a rich, stimulating and exciting experience that will help develop their confidence, concentration and understanding of the world around them.
Use key words and repetition as it occurs naturally during play
Lots of toys nowadays are made of plastic. Although plastic can be very colourful, it all feels, smells and tastes the same, making it boring and unstimulating to a baby’s senses.
Have you ever wondered why a baby prefers the box and wrapping to the contents? Probably because it feels better to touch, smells more interesting and can make great sounds when you move it!
Babies gain a rich sensory experience through sucking, handling and putting items into their mouths. By doing this they are also learning about weight, size, shape, texture, sound and smell.
This is a time to observe and be led by your child’s pace and interest. Use lots of praise and encouragement when they look to you for reassurance and support.