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Treasure Bin: White & Black Animals

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I saw the idea for “Treasure Baskets” from Mari-Ann at Counting Coconuts.  The idea is that you put a small amount (5 to 10) of similar items in front of your growing baby and let him/her explore!  (Of course, ensure that the items are safe for babies and your child is supervised at all times!)

Here is Mari-Ann’s first post with details on how she began treasure baskets.  And here is a slideshow on Facebook of all her baskets.  

I started this with my daughter this week and she absolutely loves it!  She is now six and a half months old.  I waited until she became old enough to confidently sit up, so that she could reach at the items with less frustration.

At first, I wanted to have a sweet basket like Mari-Ann’s, but I decided to use what I already have and went with our beloved Ikea Trofast bins.  This has been nice for storage — they go right back on her shelf — as well as making the items more accessible to May — using a lid makes them easier for her to reach.

Her first-ever Treasure Bin consists of items that we already owned.  I will try to make one for her about once a week.  I started out wanting to do black & white, but as I was collecting items I discovered that they were all animals, so it became a White & Black Animal Treasure Bin!


I included in her bin:

  • soft white teddy bear
  • soft Snoopy
  • Schleich animals: panda & white tiger
  • Little People black puppy
  • Fisher Price cow & sheep
  • Melissa & Doug wooden zebra puzzle piece
  • twisty polar bear

And here is sweet May enjoying her Treasure Bin.  Isn’t she adorable?!  I love to watch her exploring the different textures!



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  1. Great work, babies love high contrast visuals so these are perfect!

  2. Aww, these pictures are really sweet. What a great variety of stuff for this age, I so wish I had done some of these types of activities when my son was a baby. Hope you don’t mind that I pinned this!

  3. RachelSarah47 says:

    Yep, she is pretty darn cute!

  4. I love this idea! I love giving my 6 month old son bins to explore with objects of the same color. I like the idea of only giving a few things. I definitely think he plays better when he doesn’t have so much clutter around him. I am going to try limiting the amount of items I put in our color bins. Your daughter is adorable and looks like she is really enjoying exploring her black and white animals!!

  5. What a creative idea! We decided to feature your post as part of our Creative Play for Toddlers round-up on Share It Saturday tomorrow. We hope to see you again on our link up. (We love your ideas!) http://www.sugaraunts.com

  6. How simple/easy to do, but looks like she had a blast :).

  7. Love the treasure basket idea. I have never seen the facebook slideshow, so thanks for linking that too!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope you come link up again today!

  8. Your style is unique compared to other folks I have read stuff from.
    Many thanks for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this web site.

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