The concept of the treasure basket was developed by childcare pioneer Elinor Goldschmied. They are designed to facilitate learning in babies and toddlers through play that provides a rich sensory experience and encourages freedom, independence, courage and concentration.
In its physical form, a treasure basket it is low sided basket filled with a variety of natural and everyday household objects designed to be explored by a baby without any interference.
The different objects can be made from a range of materials that provide a full sensory experience, engaging all of the baby’s senses, through providing different textures, sounds, tastes, weights, colours and more.
It is through grasping and exploring the range of objects that a baby learns about the world around them and allows them to start making their own decisions, promotes self-esteem and develops fine motor skills.