Monday, May 13, 2013

Treasure Hunter

Connecting Families Through Creative Play: Little Explorers


As Elijah has gotten older and more able to focus on a single task for a longer period of time, I have really been enjoying thinking of ways to bring the Montessori method into our home.  I have no official training, but with resources like Montessori at Home! and, my recent library pickup, How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, I have slowly but surely been able to add in bits of Montessori here, there and everywhere.


Until recently, though, I hadn't given too much thought to using Montessori principles with infants.  Elijah was such a crankster as a baby that we spent most of our time just roaming the streets of DC.  I had heard of a Montessori "treasure basket"for babies, and it was brought to my attention once again by the second book mentioned above.


Basically, once a baby is able to sit independently, you fill a basket (or, in my case, a metal colander) with various objects from around the house that engage different senses.  At first, I wasn't sure if I had enough stuff to include, but once I started, new ideas kept popping up. 
So far, Izzy's basket has:
  •  a paper cup 
  • a brush
  • a fabric tea bag
  • a sprig of rosemary
  • a bell
  • a pastry blender
  • a wooden spoon
  • a wooden train track
  • crocheted snake
  • a sock full of beans
  • and a knitted alligator

   I waited until Elijah was asleep to present her with the basket.  Then, as the book prescribed, I didn't say anything, but just allowed her to explore.  Which she did.  For an hour.  By herself. 

I am interested to see what will happen tomorrow when I bring the basket out again.  Will she return to the same favorite items?  What would happen if I introduced a few new things? 


Treasure basket indeed.




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