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Treasure baskets are a really simple and fun activity that babies and toddlers will love. My two have both enjoyed exploring treasure baskets and I shared a valentine’s day treasure basket with you last week. This week I am going to share with you a nursery rhyme treasure basket that both my girls have loved over the years. E is 20 months and still loves this treasure basket.
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It’s really simple to put together a nursery rhyme treasure basket. As I have two young children, we have quite a lot of small toys that are suitable for these kinds of treasure baskets. Toys like Duplo, Happyland and wooden peg board pieces are some of the toys I include most often but you might have other suitable toys. As well as toys to represent the nursery rhymes and song, sometimes I add a few musical instruments too.
Your toddler may have some favourite nursery rhymes already or perhaps you are thinking of making a nursery rhyme treasure basket as a way of introducing your baby to nursery rhymes. My toddler loves Row, row, row your boat, sleeping bunnies and Twinkle, twinkle so I try to include these each time. She knows the actions and also says “row, row, row”. It’s nice to encourage favourites as well as introduce new rhymes. I have included a list of nursery rhymes and suitable props below if you are looking for inspiration but you might have other ideas based on the contents of your toy box or your child’s favourite rhymes.
Once I have collected together a basket of props I sit down with E. I place the basket in front of her and let her explore. There is no right way to play with a treasure basket, see what your child does. Sometimes E pulls the items out one by one and sometimes she will tip the basket out completely. When she picks up a toy, I start singing the nursery rhyme it corresponds with to her. Sometimes she will join in with the actions or the words/sounds she knows. Other times she will continue to explore the toys or perhaps pick up a musical instrument to play along with the rhyme. Every time the basket comes out it is different including how long it is played with for. Sometimes she will sit and enjoy it for a while and other times she will get up an walk up.
Ideas for nursery rhymes and props:
- Row, row, row your boat – a boat and if you have them the animals crocodile, lion and polar bear
- Old MacDonald had a farm – a farmer and a selection of farm animals
- Baa, baa black sheep – a sheep
- The wheels on the bus – a bus
- Incy, wincy spider – a spider
- 5 little ducks – a duck
- Horsey, horsey – a horse
- Sleeping bunnies – a rabbit
- Hey diddle, diddle – a cat, cow and/or moon
- Twinkle, twinkle – a star
- Timmy turtle – a turtle
- Hickory, Dickory, Dock – a mouse &/or clock
- This little piggy – a pig
- Two little dicky birds – a bird
I’d love to know if you have ever done a similar activity with your child in the comments or perhaps they have a favourite nursery rhyme I have forgotten?
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