Your baby craves touching, handling, and mouthing new and different things (especially objects from real life). You’ll soon find out that there’s an endless stream of objects inside your home and outdoors that are often more interesting to her than actual toys.
A Montessori Treasure Basket is a collection of common objects that are rotated in and out of a container.
To fill your Montessori treasure basket, you can put random things together or categorize different types of objects to help her build associations: round things, square things, fuzzy things, things that jingle, kitchen or bathroom things. Here are some ideas:
- Large shells and large non-chokeable rocks, a big, smooth stick (driftwood)
- Brushes: makeup, toothbrush, baby brushes, paint brush, nail brushes, hair brushes, shaving brush
- Ribbons: different widths and colors
- Pinecones: a variety of pinecones
- Measuring: cups, spoons, cloth tape
- Balls: felt, plastic, wood, montessori, all in our Play Kits!
- Kitchen stuff: basting brush, whisk, kitchen timer, other small kitchen items
- PomPoms: large and in a variety of colors
- Laundry: Clothes pins and thread spools (with no thread)
Note: Be sure to watch your baby so that small or chokeable items are not mouthed. Also, pay attention when babies are around objects with long handles, such as whisks, brushes, and wooden spoons.