A Scented Treasure Basket for Sarah

Time for a new treasure basket for Sarah. Heuristic play is such a wonderful sensorial experience for Sarah; a basket of objects that are any material but plastic. I like to give Sarah her treasure basket after a nap when she is rested and calm and also when Jack is occupied with another activity. This way she has time to explore uninterrupted and with minimum distraction.

This time I added some deliciously smelling spices; star anise, whole nutmeg, coriander seeds, a cinnamon stick and some cardamon pods.

Sarah’s treasure basket has:

  • spices
  • a wooden dolly peg
  • woven keychain
  • small whisk
  • small biscuit cutter
  • weighted wooden cylinder
  • cotton wool balls
  • Chinese chime ball
  • round gift box
  • autumn leaves
  • timber off-cut (same ones we used for our wool block printing)
  • seed pods

Now all Sarah needed was a nice quiet space and the time to explore.


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5 thoughts on “A Scented Treasure Basket for Sarah

  1. Thank you for this post, I’ve just made up a spice sensory basket for my little one, great idea to use the mesh bags. I look forward to seeing her reactions tomorrow!

  2. Hi! I have a 14 months old baby boy and I have been reading your blog because I would love to have activities with him here at home but I just found out about this Reggio approach and I am loving it. I am looking forward to learn more about it and to start having some activities with him.
    I have one question: what do you do when your daughter put the spices on her mouth? Do you let her eat them? I mean, the exploration involves eating the edible stuff?? Or is it just touching, smelling, maybe licking??
    Thanks for sharing! I love learning about this :)

    • Sarah really enjoyed this treasure basket particularly the spices. I put the spices in small bags so she could still see and smell them but couldn’t put them in her mouth. She did mouth a lot of things, well actually everything, at that age. And while we didn’t discourage her testing most things (we saw it as part of her sensory development) some of these spices were quite small and so I didn’t want her to eat them. As long as she couldn’t choke on something or it wasn’t toxic, we allowed Sarah to explore things by mouthing them.

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