Do you want to learn how to make a DIY Christmas treasure basket for your infant? This easy, homemade activity encourages your baby to explore holiday-related items. Whilst helping them to meet different developmental milestones.
Want to know the best bit? This Christmas sensory play idea is so cheap to make. And you can use everyday objects you already have at home!
But before we share our contents list of fun items to add, let’s first talk about what treasure baskets are.
What Is a Christmas Treasure Basket?
A Christmas treasure basket is a basket filled with holiday-themed items. These objects encourage your baby to explore using their different senses.
There’s no need to empty the basket once your little one’s finished playing with it. Simply put it out of reach and use it again and again.
How Will a Christmas Themed Sensory Play Basket Help My Baby’s Development?
A Christmas treasure basket will help a 7 – 12 month old’s physical development. As well as their cognitive development too. Here are some of the milestones it’ll help them achieve.
- Understand cause and effect
- Uses a pincer grip to pick up small objects
- Manipulates an object with interest
- Passes an object from one hand to the other
- Drops an object when they’re offered another one
- Looks for hidden and fallen objects (object permanence)
How Can I make a Christmas Treasure Basket For My Baby?
There are only a few steps involved in creating this Christmas sensory play idea for your infant. First, you’ll need to find a shallow but sturdy basket. Then you’ll need to collect lots of different themed supplies. After this, you’ll want to wash or wipe them (where possible). Then you can add them to your basket and let your baby play!
Not sure what to add? Here’s a contents list of resources to help you get started.
- Bells (medium-sized)
- Baubles (plastic and non-glitter)
- A string of beads (not too long)
- Present bows
- Cinnamon sticks (in an organza bag)
- Cloves (in an organza bag)
- Small squares of wrapping paper
- Santa hat
- Gift tags
- Dried orange
- Plastic snow globe
- Small gift boxes
Our contents list is just a guide. You can add whatever you like to this Christmas activity for babies. Ultimately, you want to look for objects that will stimulate your baby’s senses. So look for:
- Resources and materials with different textures for them to feel
- Bright colours and shiny objects for them to look at
- Noisy items or objects that make different noises when they bang or shake them
- Scented, natural spices put into fabric bags or clean socks for them to smell
Letting Your Baby Play With the Treasure Basket
This Christmas activity for babies is best to try when your little one is able to sit unaided. This is usually around 7 months old.
First, sit your baby in front of their basket. And give them lots of time to hunt for items and discover different things on their own. Make sure you’re always sitting with them and watching them closely though. And try to stop them from putting objects into their mouth.
A Christmas treasure basket is an easy sensory play activity your baby will love. This cheap, DIY idea will keep your little one busy and exploring for ages.
Toddlers will love playing with all the different Xmas themed materials too. So why not save the items for next year and create a sensory bin for them to dive into?
Don’t forget to capture a magical video. Or photos of your baby playing with their themed treasure basket by the Christmas tree!
Make sure you use big enough items that aren’t choking hazards and objects without sharp edges. Avoid resources with glitter! And leave out any items you’re unsure about.
Remember to always supervise your baby when they’re playing. And put their basket out of reach when you’re out of the room.
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