Week 31: What Montessori moms put in “treasure baskets” for their babies
Your baby craves touching, handling, and mouthing new and different things (especially objects from real life). You’ll soon find out that there’s an endless stream of objects inside your home and outdoors that are often more interesting to her than actual toys.
A Montessori Treasure Basket is a collection of common objects that are rotated in and out of a container.
To fill your Montessori treasure basket, you can put random things together or categorize different types of objects to help her build associations: round things, square things, fuzzy things, things that jingle, kitchen or bathroom things. Here are some ideas:
- Large shells and large non-chokeable rocks, big smooth stick (driftwood)
- Brushes: Makeup, toothbrush, baby brushes, paint brush, nail brush, hair brushes etc. shaving brush
- Ribbons: all ribbons different widths and colors
- Pinecones: a variety of pinecones
- Cups: Measuring cups and measuring spoons
- Balls: felt ball, plastic ball, wood ball, montessori, all ours!
- Kitchen stuff: basting brush, whisk, kitchen timer, other small kitchen items
- PomPoms: Large and different colors
- Laundry: Clothes pins and thread spools (with no thread pretty)
Note: Be sure to watch your baby so that small or crushable items are not mouthed. Also, pay attention when babies are around objects with long handles, e.g., utensils such as whisks, brushes, and wooden spoons.