This is such a simple treasure basket but G had a wonderful time and actually, I didn’t realise quite how noisy she could be! In the treasure basket I included:
- a shop-bought maraca
- a shop-bought rattle
- a shop-bought clacker
- a roasting tin
- a heat-proof cork mat
- a wooden spoon
- a icing spatula
Low and behold the things G explored and played with first were the normal house-hold items! It was quite by accident that G realised that hitting the spoon off the roasting tin made a loud noise…
…once this discovery was made, she did it A LOT!
G immediately tapped the cork mat like a drum and felt the texture of it with her hands. She didn’t play with this for long as, I’m guessing, it wasn’t loud enough!
G loved dipping in and out of this treasure basket and keeping it small and low profile meant she was able to handle it easily.
G’s favourite part was being able to shake the items as hard as she could, whilst rocking her body back and forth and kicking her feet off all the objects! Basically, she just wanted to make a lot of noise! The bonus was, it really encouraged her to ‘talk’ and babble. Having J around, she is sometimes quite quiet but believe me, she is finding her voice and activities like this will only encourage this further.
Within the treasure basket, I put an instrument she hadn’t seen before so she didn’t know what to do with it. It is good to put lots of familiar items in the treasure basket but also include something new for that element of discovery! I love G’s confused look in the photo below! ‘Hmmm, so what do we do with this then?’