Making a treasure basket

OR Finding the time to write a blog post…

I noticed at a La Leche League meeting this morning that Talitha was particularly taken with looking inside the baskets on the floor and taking things out of them. So, I thought it was about time we made a treasure basket.

The idea came from Margaret Atieh’s article in Juno’s Winter 2011 edition. The idea is to fill the basket with safe objects from around your house and allow the baby to explore it. It’s both fun and a learning tool.

First, I emptied all the rubbish out of a basket. This included endless “New Baby” cards, the odd bank statement and some leaflets I was given about what her newborn poo should be doing. Better to put new toys in here than end up cleaning bits of card and paper out of her nappies, I thought.

Then I asked Talitha what we should put in it. She seemed to think bananas and my laptop would do the trick. I felt she was not taking the exercise altogether seriously.

So, instead, I put in a leather belt, a sponge, a furry moccasin, a wooden spoon, a metal whisk, a ball of wool, a tablespoon, a lemon, a tape measure and wedding garter. I may add a few more things along the way. Our basket looks a little sad.

Talitha loves it though. She’s been playing with it the whole time I’ve been here writing.


  1. February 9, 2012 / 2:42 pm
    Esther and William used to love their treasure baskets too though played with them very differently. Thank you for bringing back some beautiful memories x

    • February 9, 2012 / 3:24 pm

      Thanks for the link, Jennie. Very astute observations of how your children play.

  2. Anonymous
    February 9, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    There seems to be something in the water here in Bristol. Amy loves kicking my laptop or chewing on cables – and there was me thinking the cat was bad LOL 

    Great idea, I shall try and see if I can keep Amy occupied with her very own treasure basket x 

    • February 9, 2012 / 7:14 pm

      Apparently the trick is not to let them play with it every day so they don’t get bored of it. The cats are interested in the basket too, by the way!

      • Anonymous
        February 9, 2012 / 7:18 pm

        Haha, two birds with one stone 😉

  3. February 10, 2012 / 8:56 am

    T is so beautiful – those eyes! We made a treasure basket when F was this age. She still plays with it now! 

    • February 11, 2012 / 11:19 am

      I really need to add more stuff so that it sticks around as long as that.

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