A Treasure Basket will interest a baby once it can sit up and until he or she starts crawling actively and walking. In Treasure Basket Explorations: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers, Laura Wilhelm provides the following guidance on pages 18-20 for creating a Treasure Basket:
“Let your senses be your guide when selecting materials.” Include a variety of sizes, textures, and items that make sounds. Wilhelm mentions loofah sponges, tin boxes, pinecones, spiky hair curlers, and measuring spoons as examples.
“Avoid using plastic items in a treasure basket.” Plastic tends to feel, smell, and taste the same, and it does not absorb body heat like metal; “changes in temperature can add to a child’s experience.”
“Eliminate choking hazards by making sure items and their parts cannot fit completely inside a choke-tube tester. . . . If items become chipped, ripped, or broken, remove them. Be sure to inspect the items after each use, and have regularly scheduled times to inspect and refresh the objects you include.”
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