Nursery rhyme treasure basket

Nursery rhyme treasure basket

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.

Nursery Rhyme Treasure Basket Nursery Rhyme Treasure Basket

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.

Nursery Rhyme Treasure Basket

Nursery Rhyme Treasure Basket

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.

Nursery Rhyme Treasure Basket

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.

Nursery Rhyme Treasure Basket

Nursery Rhyme Treasure Basket


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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  1. February 17, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Oh my goodness I love this idea so much! Will definitely have to save this to remember to do it when Baby number 3 arrives!

    • Claire
      February 17, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      Thank you. It really doesn’t take a lot of effort.

    • Claire
      February 17, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      I’m sure you did other things instead.

  2. February 17, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    Love the idea of a nursery rhyme themed one. Great way to get.babies recognising things and matching them to the songs

    • Claire
      February 17, 2018 / 7:39 pm

      Thank you. It is great for recognition and language development.

  3. February 17, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    A great idea! I will have to remember this when my newest addition is old enough 🙂
    Jemma x

    • Claire
      February 17, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      It won’t be long! Treasure baskets are great from as soon as babies can sit up.

  4. February 17, 2018 / 9:10 pm

    Lovely idea. They do a similar thing at rhyme times and play groups I’ve been to in the past but never thought to try it at home too.

    • Claire
      February 18, 2018 / 2:19 pm

      We don’t get to groups as often as I’d like so it’s nice to things at home too.

  5. Frankie
    February 17, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    What a lovely idea x

    • Claire
      February 18, 2018 / 12:06 pm

      thank you.

    • Claire
      February 18, 2018 / 12:05 pm

      I hope they enjoy it as much as mine do.

  6. February 18, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Got to love a good treasure basket, especially a nursery rhyme themed one! You’ve inspired me to share ours via the blog so thank you xx #KCACOLS

    • Claire
      February 18, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      I’m glad I’ve inspired you. Email me the link is you do share it as I’m planning a round up style post on different treasure baskets.

    • Claire
      February 18, 2018 / 2:20 pm

      It’s lovely to make sensory baskets for young children.

    • Claire
      February 21, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      Glad you liked it.

  7. February 19, 2018 / 3:22 pm

    Aww this is so cute! I did a sensory box with my son when he was a baby, his poor sister hasn’t got anything like that yet but maybe I’ll do this when she’s a bit bigger because her big brother can help her with the rhymes! #KCACOLS
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    • Claire
      February 21, 2018 / 10:21 pm

      It is harder with your second. I don’t do half as much with E as I di with my first.

  8. February 20, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    super cute. i used to make little themed baskets for b and he loved it #KCACOLS

    • Claire
      February 21, 2018 / 10:22 pm

      Babies and toddlers do seem to love them.

  9. February 20, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    Oh! This is a super adorable idea 🙂 Will definitely keep this idea in mind. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

    • Claire
      February 21, 2018 / 10:22 pm

      Thank you.

  10. February 22, 2018 / 10:05 am

    This is such a cute idea, however little man is firmly fixed on his love of little mix and the trolls soundtrack hahah! #sharingthebloglove

    • Claire
      February 24, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Hahaha! Love it. Basket of trolls?

  11. February 22, 2018 / 10:25 am

    I love this idea- it’s amazing what objects you can find around the house and in their toy box to match to nurser rhymes. Will definitely try this with my 2 year old x #sharingthebloglove

    • Claire
      February 24, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      I’m sure your 2 year old will love it. So many nursery rhymes are based on popular kids toys like farm animals.

  12. February 23, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    what a lovely idea #KCACOLS

    • Claire
      February 24, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you.

  13. February 24, 2018 / 9:35 am

    At our local play group we have always had the little ones pull an item out of the bag and then sing s Nursery rhyme relating to that item. I don’t know why I didn’t think of making these before. You introduced them to me worn your valentines box. I defo need to make one. I think my three year old will love it. We often find items relating to books we are reading


    • Claire
      February 24, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      They do the same at our play group too. I’m glad my posts are inspiring you.

  14. February 24, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    This is a lovely idea – I have so many of those things, so I’m definitely going to try this with my little one! I sang lots of nursery rhymes with my eldest, and they’re all coming back to me now! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Claire
      February 24, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      I’m sure he’ll love it.

  15. February 25, 2018 / 10:52 am

    This is such a great idea! I’ve done treasure boxes before but wouldn’t have thought to do one that was nursery rhyme themed. You’ve given me something to think about. My son absolutely loves nursery rhymes even though he’s still quite young so doesn’t really understand them yet. I still think he’d really enjoy this. #KCACOLS
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  16. February 27, 2018 / 11:21 am

    We sing nursery rhymes all the time in our house, they are always a favourite. This is a lovely idea to theme the treasure basket, my girls would’ve loved this as babies. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  17. March 1, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    What a lovely fun activity to do with the little ones. I cant remember doing this when mine were little although there was lots of singing in our house:)
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