Looking for an Easter Sensory Basket, aka treasure baskets? One that you can easily re-create at home? This is exactly what you are looking for.
These are extremly valuable for your baby’s development, not only for sensory abilities but for fine motor skills development too.
You can easily create one at home, with the things you already have around the house.
Keep on reading to find out more about the benefits of the sensory baskets and ideas to create your own.
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What is a Sensory Basket?
A sensory basket is simply a box that you fill with things your child can touch, feel, explore and learn.
Usually, these are everyday items made out of natural materials, such as wood, metal, feathers, pom-poms, etc. But I didn’t necessarily stick to this rule…oops!
If your child is still young, don’t forget to add baby safe items only and make sure you don’t leave your him unattended while exploring. The last thing you want for your baby to have a bad experience or even choke. So please do NOT include small pieces to the basket.
Normally the basket you use has to be out of natural materials as well. Wood or bamboo are the best, in my opinnion.
The main idea behind these baskets is to fully engage your little one’s 5 senses. These are:
Why treasure baskets support development?
A sensory basket is a great way to stimulate babies’ senses and to learn more about the world. These are also
Great to support and develop thinking skills and to be able to play independently. Don’t forget to change the items frequently. This will introduce your baby to a large variety of objects.
Your child will not only explore objects, but he will also learn more about
Babies love to explore and because everything around them is new to them, they’ll want to touch everything. Therefore, these sensory baskets are just perfect for them.
Be prepared for your baby to be busy for the next 30-60 minutes. Your child will be very engaged and curious about all these objects simply by touching and feeling them.
You should also know that while your baby plays with his basket, try to don’t intervene. Just observe, make sure he’s safe and let him play and explore everything.
When you should introduce them to your baby?
I’m not sure how old baby has to be to introduce a sensory basket or if there is any rule. But in order to be efficient baby has to be able to sit and/or grab things using his hands.
Create your own Easter Sensory Basket
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You can create your own treasure baskets for your child to explore by adding things you already have at home. You can choose a theme for the basket. Such as Christmas, colour, material, textures, instruments, Easter, utensils, etc.
Feel free to get as creative as possible. There is no specific rule, and you can get as creative as you can. That’s what I love these baskets.
Your child will be very thankful and happy about it.
Please make sure that all the objects are age appropriate and there are no chocking hazards, no sharp objects or edges. Basically nothing that could harm your little one.
You can use things around the house. But I bought most of these things for his sensory basket. Like I said at the beginning of this article, the recommended materials are metal, wood, natural, fabric, and leather. But I added a few other things that are not made out of natural materials.
Having all these in mind let me show you how our basket looks like. You will be able to see that this is a spring sensory basket with some Easter touches
Here’s what I’ve decided to add to my baby’s first sensory basket. He was around 7 months old back then.
- Miniature Bottle
- Bunny Ears
- Colourful Easter Egg Ornaments
- Chicken Figurine
- Duck Bath Toy
- Wooden Spring Flowers
- Egg Hunt Felt Basket
He jumped right into the basket without thinking too much. He went straight for the “I don’t know the name of” as you can see in the picture.
I kind of regret leaving this grass looking thing into the basket because he literally destroyed it. It was all over the place. Too much mess.
At least I learnt my lesson for next time.
He played with everything from this basket. At the moment is at that age where he puts everything into his mouth. I put the bunny ears on his head and played together for a little while.
He loved it and he was happy.
I love letting him explore new things and explaining to him all about things. If you haven’t introduced a sensory basket to your baby yet, you definitely have to. It’s a great way for them to learn and develop their little minds.
I am going to create more of these and share them with you. In case you ever need inspiration.
Until next time, take care & stay beautiful!