Wooden Treasure Basket – Heuristic Play

This my third post focusing on Monkey’s treasure basket, for this one I have grouped together the wooden materials. Heuristic play theory focuses very much on natural materials and allowing the child to explore the characteristics of the objects by smell, taste and touch. You can see the first post on his metal treasure basket here and the second on natural materials here. Please note that some of these items are not suitable for very young children.

DIY Wooden Treasure Basket

  • Wooden Box
  • Mini Rain Maker
  • Dolly Pegs
  • Honey Stirier
  • Silver Birch Discs
  • Olive Wood Butter Knife
  • Wooden Comb
  • Egg & Egg Cup
  • Dragon Teether
  • Massager
  • Spoon
  • Bamboo Soap Dish
  • Scoop
  • Wooden Bead Toy
  • Jacobs Ladder

Other things you may want to include

  • Lemon Zester/Juicer
  • Large Heart or other wooden decoration
  • Curtain Rings
  • Block of Wood
  • Drift Wood
  • Bracelets
  • Craft Blanks
  • Small turned bowl

One of the other items that I keep within the wooden selection is a wooden ring with rainbow coloured ribbons tied to it. Its so pretty, this was one of the first DIY toys I made Monkey, he use to love the ribbons as a baby and as soon as he could grip would shake it about. At coming up to three Monkey will still dance around the lounge with it now, its so easy to make and goes down a storm.

DIY Rainbow Ribbon Ring

We store the treasure basket items in home made fabric bags that represent the items within them, so the wooden one is made from a printed wood material. I will be posting other bags shortly, the next one will be a corduroy version with different materials and textures in it.

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  1. mylittleloves
    January 5, 2016 / 9:10 am

    I love this!! I love the thought you have put into your organising and the kids will totally get where things go which is a bonus!!! x

  2. January 5, 2016 / 11:20 am

    such a great idea, I have been doing lots of sensory play with my six year old and she is loving it. I think we need to be more active in helping children to play.

  3. January 5, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    This would be great for my sister, she is disabled and needs help with her understanding of sensory issues. Great ideas thank you x

  4. January 5, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    This sounds like such a great idea and it is the first time I have come across the term heuristic x

  5. January 5, 2016 / 5:46 pm

    love this idea. we have something very similar in our nursery and the kids love it.

  6. January 5, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    This is such a great idea! I wish I had thought of this when my children were younger. I love the wooden rainbow ring idea, too! xx

  7. January 5, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Awesome idea and awesome DIY indeed, my sister in law would love this for my nephew.

  8. Angela Milnes
    January 5, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    This looks brilliant and is something I had when Sylvia was young. Heuristic play is a great developmental tool for young ones and really does help.

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