G Minor has been looking a bit bored with her toys in the last week or so. It was only when I spotted her hauling jigsaw pieces out of her sister’s puzzle box that I remembered, “Oh yeah. Pulling stuff out of boxes. That’s what babies like to do at this age.”
So I took all of three minutes to make her a treasure box.
I’ve seen some beautiful treasure boxes online. Lovingly crafted, handwoven things full of carefully sourced, organic materials. Lovely.
But essentially a treasure box is a container full of random crap of varying textures that you don’t mind your baby chewing. So G Minor got a shoebox and whatever I could find in a quick scout round the house.
Into the shoebox went:
- A giant foam hair roller
- A plastic straw
- A broken slinky
- An IKEA kitchen clip
- A toy can of food from the play kitchen
- A 4-pronged plastic back massager thingy
- A small spiky physio ball
- A scarf
- A couple of big metal keys fastened together
How it works:
- Give the box to your baby, who will pull everything out of the box, chew it and eventually out the box on its head
- Return every 10 minutes or so to replace everything in the box and start the process again
- Repeat several times, giving you loads of time to gets things done while patting yourself on the back over this amazing “sensory play”
Want to level up? Cut a hole in the top of the box through which the objects must be pulled. Oooh, motor skill development!