Here is a black and white themed treasure basket for Babies to explore.
Miss Cherub is loving her evening treasure baskets.
This one was a hit, with high contrast colours to catch a babies eye and variety of objects to explore. Dimples and I went on a search for baby safe black & white objects and this was the results. Lots of fun and it kept her busy and occupied.
Babies love love love novelty; as their brains are developing at such a speed and everything is new. They bore easily and want novel stimuli. The basis of treasure baskets is that it provides novel and safe objects for baby to explore and learn with. Having a themed basket also allows baby to relate similarities and differences. A good example is this black and White themed basket.
This basket consists mainly of plastic lids in black and white, of different shapes, some little people Pandas, some soft high contrast blocks, some small black and white play cups, & some measuring cups. If you have older children you can enrol their help and get them to search the household for baby safe objects in a particular colour of material, this is a good way to involve them in baby play and give them a sense of responsibility for caring for their younger sibling.
Dimples was also keen to look through and see what he could stack and build, he had to go over and see what he was able to balance on his head. Quite Funnily, Miss Cherub followed and was trying to reach high and put lids on top of her head. Clever little munchkin got them up there but they wouldn't stay. Both of the kids though this was hilarious!
Of course everything got mouthed. Miss Cherub just shy of 6 months has cut two teeth and everything must go into her mouth (just to check that its tasty enough to play with ha ha).
With all treasure baskets and young babies, I recommend you always supervise and guide their play, it is a great opportunity to stay close by and watch them learn.
You can show them things and be amazed as they imitate you, say what the object is or the colour, or you can do some kind of action as you say it so that baby can link vocabulary to the activity.
Most importantly though let them explore freely.
Baby Learning Concepts:
Cause & effect
Exploring sensory input
Developing hand eye coordination
Ideas for Extension:
Choose to explore objects of a different color each day or week
Rotate baskets & objects to keep stimuli Novel.
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