Otto is really loving discovery baskets, we only have a couple on his shelves but I'm always looking for fresh inspiration. Here are a few baskets that I really like, they all have lots of texture and lots of natural, easy to find items.
Otto's basket at 10 months.
This basket is for a sitting six-month-old. "Here's a treasure basket I put together today filled with natural textures, a mixture of items that she can shake, roll, pick up with two hands or with a palmar grasp. The idea behind this is heuristic play, in which bubs discover the properties of different objects that she explores." Jules at Stories of Play.
Sponges - for a seven-month-old.
Simplicity - for an eight month old.
Metal things - this is for a baby 9-10 months old. This would make a lot of great sounds!
Rolling things - for an eight-month-old.
Lots of beautiful wooden items.
Natural items for a baby toddler class.
I love these big seed pods, wood discs and, pine cones.
Circles. We are currently using a basket like this and the baby link toys have become a favourite.
Shells. I am sure that we have enough large shells and beach items to try this one.
If you are interested in treasure baskets you might like some of my previous posts:
- Discovery Basket Ideas
- Non-Toy Toys for Montessori Babies
- Loose Parts + Discovery Baskets for Babies
- Baby's First Discovery Basket Ideas
- A Peek Inside A Montessori Playgroup
If you are looking for further ideas or ready-made baskets there are a few stores who make them especially for babies such as:
- Grasp and Gather (UK) - for lots of natural items.
- Curious Fox (UK)
- NavyBaby (NZ)
- Various store on Etsy
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