With Little Chick now at preschool every morning, there's time for a bit of play with just the Shoeshine and me. Whilst a lot of the time she's just happy playing with her big sister's toys uninterrupted, she does love (as all babies do) exploring new things. Based on the idea of treasure baskets I sometimes put together a few items into a basket and just watch her explore and join in if she wants me too. This time her basket contained eggs (plastic eggs - a 75p bargain from after Easter sales last year) and some egg boxes.
Treasure baskets are a lovely idea for baby play, ideal from when they can sit up to around 18 months. Basically they are baskets of goodies for your baby to explore using lots of their senses. They can be noisy things, textured items, things from nature. Basically anything your baby can safely explore. (One of Shoeshine's favourite is actually the washing basket with all the coloured pegs - a treasure basket you didn't even realise you already had prepared!)
I love the idea of not needing to always buy more toys when they tire of what they have, but that a quick search round the house can usually rustle up a selection of goodies for exploring (whose little one doesn't love searching the kitchen cupboards for you!).
As Shoeshine loves putting things in and taking things out (most babies to seem to love this) I thought eggs and egg boxes could be good to play with. And I just love these beautiful eggs, perfect for a baby (and a mummy) to play with and explore.
I love how inquisitive little ones are. Straight away she saw the basket and crawled over and stood up to look inside.
She then got busy taking out the egg boxes and trying to open them. She couldn't quite manage to open the egg box by herself at first so on her prompting (her squawking at me whilst thrusting the box at me!) I gave her some help to open them.
But she was very pleased with herself when she managed to open it all by herself!
Once the box was open it was time to explore what else was in the basket.
She quickly worked out she could put the eggs in box and had a lot of fun putting them in and taking them out.
There was a lovely moment when she picked up the 7th egg and tried to put it in her box and you could see the little cogs whirring as to what might be the solution.
Then she discovered that once one box was full she could put the eggs in another box as well.
We played with the basket on another day too.
With lots more putting in and taking out. Then she discovered that the eggs opened! So she then spent a lot of time pulling them apart and putting them back together, with a little help when mum when she got frustrated.
We had lots of fun with this activity. Putting things in and taking things out is just what Shoeshine loves doing at the moment so perfect for little hands to get busy and perfect for little minds to be occupied thinking and exploring.
This would be a lovely activity to do around Springtime and Easter. I'm also thinking it would be good to put some things inside the eggs for her to discover next time we use them.