What to put in a treasure basket?

Things around the home:

  • Kitchen utensils

  • Metal linked measuring spoons

  • CD

  • Keys

Natural items:

  • Seashells

  • Pine cones

  • Large smooth pebbles

  • Driftwood

Sounds:

  • Double strip of velcro for them to pull apart

  • Homemade rattles made from small plastic bottles filled with rice and lentils

  • Bell

  • Chopsticks

Smells:

  • Lemon

  • Orange

  • Lavender bags in muslin

  • Large fresh bay leaf or mint leaf

Textures:

  • Different materials; shiny, leather, tweeds, furry etc.

  • Velvet jewellery bag

  • Loofah or sponge

The magic of bubbles!!

Those little soapy circle shapes are one of my favourite parts of

our class!  They captivate children immediately and have such

a positive effect.  I have yet to meet a child who doesn't love to

blow or pop bubbles in our sessions!

Bubble play (while secretly developing key milestones) can be used as a calming and therapeutic activity or to provide excitement and encourage active skills.

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Bubble mixture can be easily made at home and you can make some pretty cool bubble blowing tools for some endless bubbly foam! 

During lock down we made experimented making our own bubbles.

Have a go, its so much fun and a great hands on activity for little people...

 

 

Sensory 

Play

Here's what you need -

  • 375ml water  

  • top to 500ml with dishwashing liquid,

  • Mix 1 teaspoon sugar and a dash of hot water -

  • Combine all together and blow!

Lets make bubbles

Treasure Baskets 

A treasure basket is filled with objects that you may find around the home or local environment that stimulate babies senses to learn about the physical world around them.

It is often the most simple things that babies become so engrossed and curious about.

Heuristic play was a term created by a child psychologist Elinor Goldschmeid to describe the activity of babies and children as they play with and explore the properties of  everyday objects - not toys.

Develops Curiosity 

Develops core strength and the skill to sit up

Fine motor skills

Experimenting and a level of  understanding

Independence

Develops sensory processes

Develops Concentration 

Begin to take preference over likes / dislikes 

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How do they support learning?