Valentine’s day treasure basket for babies

Valentine’s day treasure basket for babies

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I thought I’d share a simple activity for you to share with your baby or toddler. These photos are in fact F when she was 9 months old. She loved this Valentine’s day treasure basket. Treasure baskets are great from as soon as your baby can sit up. E is 19 months and still enjoys a treasure basket although she no longer sits still for long.

Valentine's day treasure basket

Treasure baskets are quick to put together and they make great mess-free sensory play for babies. You can include anything from around the house. You don’t need to buy anything new, so it is a simple and cheap activity. Try to include things with different texture, colours and perhaps sounds. Since they include items that are not designed to be played with by babies, use your judgement and supervise your baby at all times.

Both my girls have enjoyed treasure baskets that I have put together for them. I’ve done all sorts of different ones over the years including shiny things, individual colours, nursery rhymes and a treasure basket of different balls. If you want to find out more about treasure baskets this is a great article from The imagination tree.

Valentine’s day treasure basket

Valentine's day treasure basket

This is a simple red treasure basket that I put together using lots of red toys and some red items I found around the house. I have a lot of red in my kitchen so I included a whisk, spatula, measuring spoons and my keys are on a red ribbon so I included these too. There were also toys such as a red ball, a red piece of fabric from a toy, stacking cup, fabric stacking cube with a red textured side, a red lid from a set of foam bath letters and finally her happy apple toy which makes a lovely noise.

Valentine's day treasure basket

She sat for some time, happily taking items out of the basket and examining them before moving on to another item. Of course, some of them went straight to her mouth. I used my judgement and removed the ones I was not happy with her chewing (keys for example). It was a lovely activity that she enjoyed. I’ll probably end up making another for E this year but I think at 19 months she might not get as much out of it so I might come up with something new.

What about you? have you ever set up a treasure basket for your child?

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23 Comments

  1. February 14, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    Thank you. The treasure basket is the only thing that has kept her still for more than 10 seconds today. Very pleased with chocolates too.

  2. February 14, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    Thanks. I love the cards and the chocolates turned out as good as I hoped.

  3. February 14, 2014 / 9:31 pm

    That’s what I think. I wanted to do them sooner but never got round to it at home.

  4. February 8, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    This is a lovely idea! I’m just starting to do treasure baskets for Ben and I love how much he loves it as Max never liked things like this. He loves pulling everything out and examining it all! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • claire
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s amazing how different kids can be.

  5. February 8, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    My girls loved a treasure basket when they were little. A great idea to theme them and have a Valentine’s one. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • claire
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you. I love themed activities.

  6. February 9, 2018 / 10:50 am

    So cute! What a lovely idea. My daughter (3) spent most of yesterday playing with a plastic mixing bowl from the kitchen – it’s amazing how creative they can be with simple household objects #sharingthebloglove

    • claire
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 9:13 pm

      Household objects can make some of the best items for children’s activties.

  7. February 9, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    This is such a lovely idea. My little one is 9 months old so this will be perfect for her #fortheloveofBLOG

    • claire
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      9 months is the perfect age for treasure baskets.

  8. February 12, 2018 / 7:53 am

    I love this idea and it’s great for babies to start exploring. Maybe I should do a similar thing where I ask my toddler to collect items around the house that are red (we are trying to learn colours at the moment). Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • claire
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      That is a great idea.

  9. February 14, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Such a lovely idea and so easy as its everything you already have in the house. It would be really nice to do all the colours… Thanks so much for linking this to #thursdayteam

    • claire
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      We have done them for a number of other colours too.

  10. February 15, 2018 / 6:10 am

    What a fabulous idea. I wished I’d given this more thought when Small Boy was younger, but there’s still time. A task for the weekend #SharingTheBlogLove

    • claire
      Author
      February 17, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      Definitely still time. There are so many things you can do with your small boy.

  11. February 19, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    Love this treasure basket idea and the others you suggest. #SharingtheBlogLove

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