Today we’re sharing this simple play idea for babies as part of the Simple Play at Home Blog Hop hosted by the Adventures of Adam. When Emma asked if we wanted to join in I knew straight away I would share this kitchen treasure basket that has been a firm favourite of Baby J for a few weeks now.
Like most babies (and toddlers) he loves to play with everything and anything as long as it’s not a toy. We’ve now entered the weaning stage so a few weeks ago when I was desperate to get some batch cooking done for the freezer I pulled out a bowl from the kitchen cupboard, filled it up with whatever baby safe things I could get my hands on, and placed it in front of him.
And that’s it. No preparation (other than filing the bowl). No cost as I used things we already had. Hours of fun and exploration for him meaning I could finally start filling the freezer with homemade meals and finger food whilst he explored his treasure basket.
J played with this for around 45 minutes and we only had to stop as it was feeding time. He’s only just started to sit up on his own these past few weeks so I placed a cushion behind him to help soften any falls but he was so busy exploring he remained upright the whole time. Every time we’ve had it out since he’s played non stop with it and hasn’t lot interest.
In his treasure basket I put in the following items:
- Wooden spoon
- Wooden spaghetti measurer (not sure of the proper name)
- Wooden pastry brush
- Rubber pasty brush
- Rubber ice cube tray
- Rubber bowl
- Plastic spoon x 2
- Plastic scoop
- Plastic pot
- Metal whisk
- Scrubbing brush (new and unused)
- Sparkly scourer (also unused
I aimed to included as many different textures, colours and sizes as I could find to enrich his experience and encourage him to explore the objects. Treasure baskets are a great way to help babies develop their motor abilities and nurture that natural curiosity through touching, tasting and mouthing. They offer a fantastic way to help babies learn about the world around them.
Each time I’ve put this treasure basket in front of him J has always returned to his favourite two items – the rubber pastry brush and the wooden spaghetti measurer. He sifts through the other items, taking time to explore them but always trying to find these two and spending more time playing with them than anything else.
Of course it didn’t take long for his big sister to come and see what all the screeches of delight were all about from her baby brother and she couldn’t resist not joining in and playing alongside him. Simple play really is for all ages.
This post is part of the Simple Play At Home Blog Hop hosted by The Adventures of Adam. Every day this month features simple play ideas from different rooms of the house so pop over for lots more ideas or take part yourself and share your photos on the Adventure of Adam Facebook page or share on Instagram p using the hashtag #SimplePlayAtHome.