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Recently updated on February 21st, 2024 at 10:41 pm
Last Updated on 21/02/2024
Looking for an Easter Sensory Basket, aka treasure baskets for babies? One that you can easily re-create at home? Keep on reading to find out what sensory baskets are and how to introduce them to your baby.
Easter is a special holiday for families to gather and celebrate, but the abundance of candies, treats, and sweets can be overwhelming for children. As parents, we’re always looking for creative ways to entertain our young ones during the holiday season without bombarding them with sugar. One great way to engage kids over Easter is to create a sensory basket for them to explore and enjoy.
A sensory basket is an activity-filled basket that typically includes items such as fabric, beads, toilet paper rolls, and other craft items that allow a child to explore their senses. This type of project helps to support development and provides an interesting way for children to learn and play. Plus, creating a colorful Easter-themed sensory basket can be a fun project for the whole family.
This blog post will provide tips and tutorials for how to construct your own fun and colorful Easter sensory basket for kids. From gathering materials to DIYing the projects, I’ll show you how to create a one-of-a-kind activity basket that will spark your little one’s interest in both the holiday season and their surroundings. So, let’s get started!
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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 him unattended while exploring. The last thing you want is for your baby to have a bad experience or even choke. So please do NOT include small pieces in the basket.
Normally the basket you use has to be out of natural materials as well. Wood or bamboo is the best, in my opinion.
The main idea behind these baskets is to fully engage your little one’s 5 senses.
Why do 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 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 the baby has to be to introduce a sensory basket or if there is any rule for that. But in order to be efficient, your baby has to be able to sit and/or grab things using his hands. Why? Because you want them to explore all the objects you put in front of them.
You should also be sure that your child is 100% supervised by an adult at all times. Especially if you are using smaller objects.
What do you put in Easter sensory bin?
You can create your own treasure baskets for your child to explore by adding things you already have at home. You can even choose a theme for the basket. if you want – such as Christmas, colors, materials, textures, instruments, Easter, utensils, etc.
Feel free to do whatever you wish. There is no specific rule, and you can get as creative as you can. That’s what I love about these baskets.
Your child will be very thankful and happy about it.
Please make sure that all the objects are age-appropriate and that there are no choking hazards, no sharp objects, or edges. Basically, nothing that could harm your little one.
Create your own Easter Sensory Basket
You can use things around the house. But I bought most of these things for his sensory basket. As 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 what our basket looks like. You will be able to see that this is a spring sensory basket with some Easter touches.
- Decide what you want to include in your Easter Sensory Basket and create a list – some of the things you might already have around your home.
- Gather all your materials and supplies
- Set up your sensory basket.
- Let your child explore and play
Easter Sensory Basket Ideas:
Here’s what I’ve decided to add to my baby’s first sensory basket. He was around 7 months old when I created this sensory basket.
- Miniature Toy Bottle
- Bunny Ears Headband
- Colorful Easter Egg Ornaments
- Chicken Figurine
- Duck Bath Toy
- Wooden Spring Flowers
- Egg Hunt Felt Basket
- Paper Shred Filler
- Wooden tray or basket
Sensory Basket Assembly
Now it’s time to put everything together. There are no rules here, so you can be as creative as you wish.
- Grab your tray or basket
- Lay it down with the paper shred filler
- Add in all your materials
- Let your little one enjoy it!
My baby’s reaction
He jumped right into the basket without thinking too much and made a huge mess with the fake grass, but at least he had fun and we achieved what we wanted – discover new things and feel them.
I love the fact that he played with everything from this basket. Around 7 months, the littles are at that age where they put everything into their mouth. So definitely be prepared for that.
I also put the bunny ears on his head and played together for a little while. We even took lots of images. He loved it and he was happy. This made me happy too.
I love letting him explore new things and explaining to him all about the things he has in front of him. 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.