Carla’s Treasure “Heart” Sensory Basket
Montessori Treasure Basket
Lovely collection of 20 sensory-rich items by Carla's Treasure:
This sensory / treasure basket collection offers a multi-sensory learning experience and it contains:
1 wooden nutcracker,
3 wooden spoons,
1 wooden spatula,
2 large wooden rings,
1 wooden honey dipper,
1 wooden scoop,
1 wooden buttons,
2 wooden balls,
2 wooden cups,
1 rolling pin,
1 painting brush,
2 wooden napkin holders.
This collection come in a heart shaped willow basket (30cm).
*Please note the pictures have been taken in a 34cm basket but unfortunately that is now unavailable. So the 30cm one is slightly smaller.
Willow baskets are tough, lightweight and long lasting => an excellent alternative to the plastic versions,
=> useful for all sorts of different things,
=> ideal for storing activities,
=> perfect for sensory / treasure baskets.
It makes a perfect gift for babies and it is great for parents and childcare practitioners who are looking for a “ready-made” treasure basket.
Safety Information: Children/Babies must be supervised at all times when playing with these items. Adults must regulary check the contents of the basket for damage and assess which items are suitable for their child depending on their age and ability.
Some of these objects may be considered to be potentially dangerous, particularly for babies who are still putting things in their mouths. These are real objects and have not been designed as toys, please always assess the risks of using these items. Items should be thrown away if broken or considered dangerous.
It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to make a collection of suitable objects and to make sure the objects are cleaned regularly and replaced when necessary.
About: Treasure baskets are very popular among Montessori homes or nurseries and are being used for educational purposes. It supports children's learning within the "Early Years Foundation Stage" (EYSF).
By using a treasure basket with children you are providing them with rich mental stimulation, which activates the growth of the brain and also provides richly satisfying experiences for the baby.
The Treasure Basket's Benefits - How the Treasure Basket promotes learning?
* Enriches a baby’s experience - offers a young baby the first taste of freedom, independence and courage by handling and exploring the sensory rich objects
* Stimulates a baby’s curiosity and interest - provide the child with the opportunity to explore and discover new things on their own.
* Offers a baby the experience of making choices
* Promotes concentration skills
* Facilitates conceptual learning (babies and toddlers learn a range of concepts to do with the physical qualities of objects, such as coldness, smoothness, heaviness and prickliness)
* Facilitates social interaction if two or three babies/children share the same basket
* Provides the foundations of language development and supports creative play.
OPEN ENDED PLAY:
5-10 months (mouthing stage): babies around a treasure basket can be totally absorbed as they examine, handle, mouth and shake different objects: "What is this object like?"
- gaining pleasure and satisfaction from exploring the objects for their own sake.
10-20 months old babies want to find out what they can do with the objects by placing, filling, emptying, piling, pairing – (functional learning/Learning Tools): "What can I do with it?" What else can I do with it?"
20 months-3 years old children begin to understand and use language, they want to use their imagination to find a functional use for the objects : "What can this object become?"
-excellent stimulant for language,
-interactive and social way of using the basket.
3 years and upwards – extend children’s vocabulary by not only naming the objects themselves, but also their characteristics, categories, functions. Children can be encouraged to find similarities and differences between objects (function, material, shape).
-Other games: Kim’s game, drawstring bag game, themed Treasure Baskets, props for imaginary games.
Heuristic play and Treasure Basket materials can be used with children with special needs.
-It requires adult support, encouragement or direction (appropriate model play) to help stimulate their play, -feeling of safety and togetherness in the experience.
Instructions for use: The adults role in the use of the treasure basket is to sit near by and be attentive, responsive and unobtrusive.
The treasure basket should not be left out 24/7 for your baby to play with. Ideally it is good to offer a session lasting between 15 minutes and an hour with the minimum of disruption on a daily basis. It is important to make sure that the babies/children are physically comfortable, when they are alert and refreshed, calm and content.
How to clean: Wooden utensils/objects should be hand washed with a mild dish detergent and then hand-dried. Do not use a dishwasher.
Tips: To extend their durability we would recommend oiling them. Mineral oil is highly preferable because it doesn’t turn rancid and it’s not a common allergen, but also coconut oil can be used.
Directions: Clean wooden object and dry. Follow by rubbing some oil onto a clean cloth and apply to wood into a circular motion. Then let it dry. You only need to rub in a small amount of oil.
Oiling extends their practical lives.
*Note: If there is any missing item on the stock we make sure that it will be replaced with an item which provides similar rich sensorial experience.
Items such as basket, pine cones or other natural items may have imperfections due to these being natural or handmade products.
📢🎁 If you wish a custom treasure bag/basket/ suitcase/ gift box please message us and we are more than happy to help you.
Happy open-ended play!