Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What do children gain from treasure baskets?

Following on from the last post......

Children learn by exploration and experience.  A treasure basket brings many items within a child's reach that they may not have had the opportunity to handle before but can with you by their side.  A child may handle the items with their hands, feet, fingers or mouth.  By having this opportunity they can also start to discover weight, size and textures.  Does it smell?  Can you taste it?  Shake it....does it make a noise?  Drop it and what happens?  Can i put it inside another object?  Can I join two items together?  What happens when I bang one item against another?

This basket contains:
  • Pieces of animal pattern fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Clothes brush
  • Sponge
  • Set of three nesting boxes
  • Silky make up bag with zip
  • Fluffy pig finger puppet
  • Wicker heart
  • Blue bathroom pouffe
  • Draw fragrance sachet

This one was made up in less than ten minutes just by looking around the house for items.  Have a go you will be surprised at what treasures you will find : )

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