Treasure basket

The treasure basket is not specifically a Montessori activity but it fits perfectly with the ethos of the Montessori education.
In fact, Treasure baskets belongs to the heuristic play.
I started to give a treasure basket to my children when they were able to to sit up by themselves (around 6 months old).
At first, it was a mix of objects made of different materials.
When they are older, I vary the kind of content to explore.
Here only metallic objects (very noisy basket!)
Only fabrics/soft toys/silk
Wooden objects
Here Louis, 9 months at that time, exploring the basket 
In the playgroup, this area is also very popular with the older children as they can imagine whatever they want with the content of the basket. 
Adding some kitchen paper holder and rings, bracelets of all kind is also fun and note the natural items such as starfish or big shells.
Home made items are also a nice addition, just make sure, it’s safe to play with.

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin is a a mother of 2 children. She raises them the Montessori way. Originally from Belgium where she worked as a child psychologist for several years, Carine spent 6 years in Ireland before settling in in the UK. She qualified as a Montessori teacher 10 years ago and has since worked as Montessori teacher and preschool manager. She founded Montessori-family in 2011 to provide opportunities for parents to discover Montessori. She believes that it’s truly possible to implement the Montessori ideas at home to make your house and family life welcoming to your child, her needs and her thrive for independence. She offers parents & babies classes, toddlers playgroups; Montessori home designs, one to one support, parenting classes and online courses.

  • These are a great idea. I know my sons childminder uses these with the younger kids in her care and like you say the older kids love them too.

  • We used to do lots of these when my girl was a similar age and now we are onto busy boxes – fab ideas!

  • These are such great ideas i wish I had started doing treasure baskets a bit earlier with my son. At 2 he does still love this kind of thing though.

  • Sophie Whiffen says:

    I used to love making treasure baskets when my son was little! Hours of fun 🙂

  • Such a lovely idea to fire their imaginations! My son is older now, but this would have been right up his street.

  • Such a lovely idea! I never did this but I wish I had!

  • Ana De-Jesus says:

    I have worked in those types of nurseries before and treasure baskets were definitely a common feature. This looks fantastic!

  • These look great. My children use to love making music bottles, they sound great don’t they 🙂 Sure do keep them entertained 🙂

  • ChelseaMamma says:

    I used to do these as they are great for helping build speech too

  • These treasure baskets looks like a great way to encourage imaginative play, what a super idea

  • My kids would enjoy playing with a treasure basket. Thanks for this idea.

  • This sounds like a great idea to do with kids wish I would of thought of this when my two were younger

  • Kerry Norris says:

    What a great idea. It’s perfect for sensory development and exploring x

  • Anosa says:

    That’s a really awesome idea, I hope to do the same once I have kids of my own

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