Now that Paige is sitting pretty well and loving to explore things with her hands (and mouth too of course), I wanted to start making her more Treasure Baskets. Yesterday I made her her first color-themed Treasure Basket.
I gathered up a bunch of baby-safe items that were all the color blue for her to play with. Our blue basket had a soft block, a cup with lid, a bowl, a spoon, a stacking cup, a stacking ring, a sensory ball, some shapes from a shape sorter, those linking rings, a couple of washcloths and a burp rag. You can use whatever objects you want for this. It’s very open-ended.
Paige had a lot of fun playing with all the blue stuff. In a week I’ll probably rotate these items out in favor of a new color.
Sometimes we forget that the most basic sensory experiences are the most valuable, and the most fun. We went to the park the other day and Paige just loved the grass. The look of wonder in her eyes was priceless. I loved seeing her little fingers explore the green blades.
And now that Trevor is getting stronger I’m realizing that he missed out on some of these basic experiences. He’s spending more time out of his braces and I’m learning just how sensitive his feet are. He has a major sensory defensiveness issue with his bare feet. So as Paige discovers some of these new, basic sensory experiences, I’m encouraging Trevor to try and enjoy them too.
Sometimes the simplest things are the best things.
Spring is finally starting to show up around here. We celebrated a nice sunny day by going outside and engaging in some water play!
Since Easter is tomorrow we played with plastic Easter eggs. I filled two bins up with water and colored one yellow and one blue. Then I added in plastic eggs and various scoopers, spoons, and tongs so we could work on some fine motor skills too. I also ended up adding in some ice cubes. Trevor thought that was great! We opened the eggs, put the ice cubes inside, then closed them back up. The ice makes a great sound when you shake the eggs! We pretended the noise they made was a chick hatching and cracked the eggs back open to see the ice cubes “hatch”. It was a great way to spend a sunny Spring morning!
I first saw the idea of creating Treasure Baskets on another blog, The Imagination Tree. I fell in love with the idea of gathering up everyday objects for little ones to explore! So now that Paige is 4 months old and reaching for everything I thought it would be a great time to create her first Treasure Basket.
All I did was grab a basket we had lying around the house (you could also use a storage bin or even a cardboard box, this idea is so adaptable) and filled it with different types of fabric. I used washcloths, burp rags, kitchen towels, etc. They were all of varying textures, sizes, and colors. I chose to create a fabric basket first because Paige has been loving chewing on material lately. It was fun to watch her explore the different materials and she definitely enjoyed it too 🙂
I also varied her positions as she explored the material so she could work on her gross motor skills too. I sat her in her Bumbo and also lay her on both her back and tummy while giving her the different treasures.
I look forward to creating new Treasure Baskets as she grows!
We had a great time with our latest activity, an indoor Winter Wonderland. It was full of fun and great gross motor play too! Grab your winter coat and hat and join in the fun 🙂
- Cut out snowflakes and do a Snowflake Walk.
- Shake those same snowflakes in your hands while boogieing down and doing a Snowflake Dance.
- Tie some ribbon or string onto the snowflakes, tape them to the ceiling, and walk/run through the snow! (We did this in a circle around our ottoman and sang songs like “All Around the Mulberry Bush”)
- Have a snowball fight with balled up socks.
- Go sledding by pulling/pushing your kid around in a plastic under-the-bed storage box (great for the core and vestibular processing!)
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As I’ve said before, sensory bins are a great teaching tool. They also really help kids focus. After some guided sensory play Trevor’s balance is better and his words are clearer. It’s amazing how much a good sensory diet can help a kid!
Sensory bins full of beans and rice are great, but they can get old after awhile. So since the Christmas season is upon us, we decided to create a Christmas sensory bin 🙂
First, you need to assemble some supplies:
For the “snow” I used a couple bags each of iridescent tinsel and white paper shreds. Then I added in some Christmas trinkets: Christmas-themed erasers; small bows; plastic snowman and penguin; jingle bells; round, plastic ornaments; shiny, present ornaments, pom-poms, plastic candy canes and a cup for filling/dumping/pretend play. I love that these things are all different sizes and textures and that some reflect light and make noise. I added everything to an under-the-bed storage container, and there you have it, a Christmas sensory bin:
What’s the next step? Oh yeah, have fun!
This was Trevor’s favorite sensory bin to date. He loved it so much, he wanted to get in it: