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#1 squiggle

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 07:51 PM

Hi all,am hoping to introduce my team to treasure baskets and the benefits for the babies in our setting -Does anyone have any info or links for this kind of thing ? Thanks

Edited by squiggle, 09 November 2006 - 07:56 PM.


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Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:18 PM

Featherstone Education do a lovely book of ideas for Treasure Baskets - guess what it's called...The Little Book of Treasure Baskets!.....with some introductory info and lots of suggestions. If I was better at IT I'd do you a link, I'm sure someone else will do it for you but the website is www.featherstone.uk.com.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:24 PM

Not just babies, either! They go well in Toddlers, and with a few enhancements also in Pre-school!

Go for it, it's well worth it.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:10 PM

And in Reception- the children can help you put them together on a theme.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:18 PM

Treasure baskets are great!

Lots of different textures that can be gained through 'real' objects as opposed to lots of plastic things which may look different but all feel similar (e.g. plastic spoons, platic cups and platic plates in role play for example) great for children with SEN also - decribing, preference.

Are great for home school links as parents are always keen to add to the baskets

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:28 PM

Thanks- just need to convince the team now - I think they wonder what I will come back with next after an evening on here.lol

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:31 PM

you could try the NCB they have great info on treasure baskets and heuristic play i got a video from there a few years ago that i still use today for new staff and to give to parents very straightforward and informative x
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:34 PM

I know I'm probably being dense, blame my age, but NCB? - I thought that was the National Coal Board.............
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:44 PM

I think its The National childrens bureau ??

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:46 PM

Whoops!

Told you, it's my age!! :o
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 10:09 PM

Lots of empathy from me for those 'senior moments'. :o :lol:
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 10:37 PM

LOL LOL

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 11:28 PM

Sorry to be even denser but what are treasure baskets???

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 11:49 PM

Lola, don't worry, we are all here to share knowledge and worries.

Treasure baskets are collections of items for exploration. They are usually made of natural materials, and can be themed. They should ideally be just placed for the children to explore as they will, either in a basket (if big and accessible enough) or laid out on a rug or blanket.

A great favourite with our pre-school at the moment is the Brush Basket - yes, brushes of all sorts, just waiting to be explored!! Obviously, for the different age groups there will be different contents.

We store the basket contents in big draw-string bags, as the budget can't run to sooo many baskets - neither have we storage!

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 08:33 AM

As someone higher up this thread said Sally Featherstone has done a Little Book of Treasure Baskets full of very good ideas.
I put all sorts in mine depending on the theme. in fact when my grandson comes I make one up for him to play with. When he came at half term we collected cones, leaves, nuts, and conkers and he had a wonderful time playing with them. They look very good sitting next to my fireplace.
Rosie will be 6 months at Xmas- i thought I'd make one for her as a pressie- any ideas for such a young baby?
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Posted 10 November 2006 - 04:37 PM

http://www.montessor...zinebody19.html

http://www.walesppa....reasure-baskets

http://www.treasurebasket.org.uk/

hope these help

This site is dedicated to Elinor Goldschmied who 'invented' treasure baskets and might be of interest
http://www.infantsatplay.com/

Edited by Marion, 10 November 2006 - 04:38 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 05:00 PM

Thanks you so much Marion there are so many ideas and I am going to have fun making up Rosie's Xmas present, and best of all watching her exploring it.
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Posted 10 November 2006 - 07:15 PM

thankyou marion for some great links I have squirrelled them away into my 'to look when i finally get a moments peace' treasure basket :)

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 07:35 PM

hello :)
i know plastic is not normaly thought of for a treasure basket but I made up a basket of plastic lids; from coffee jars, oxo jars etc. Large lids that can be washed and no odour left, when you get lots of colours and shapes in one basket they love it lots of scope for sorting and stacking as they get older, and then putting other things in them etc. Also the older boys like the jam lids that pop in and out.
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Posted 10 November 2006 - 07:45 PM

Now I know what to do with all those lids that seem to lose their 'bottom halves' :D :lol:

The concept of Treasure baskets reminds me of my favourite activity as a child over a span of at least 5 years. My mum had a small set of 3 draws, they were on the side of her singer sewing machine, remember with the foot peddles and side belt which turned the wheel, no sign of electricity anywhere. :o . In the draws were all sorts of bits and bobs, I can almost visualise them now. :D
I spent ages getting all the items out and exploring them, sorting them and adding to them. :D

Part of the fascination was the opening of the draws to see what ws hidden from view and what had changed since last I looked. :)

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 08:18 PM

Not really on topic, I know, but sqpeg's post reminded me.

When I did my PEEP training (was it really 8 months ago!!) an activity was used where a variety of lids had pictures on the inside of them, covered with sticky-backed plastic. It could be toys, objects, the children or staff - anything! It made a different sort of Treasure Basket and I thought it was wonderful - so have those children I have tried it on!

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:32 PM

When I was a student I made a huge collection of jar lids they were intended to be used for wheels but the children loved playing with them. I would never have thought of using them in a Treasure Basket but what a good idea :D
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Posted 11 November 2006 - 02:20 PM

Bottle tops are good for sorting activities - pour them into your tuff spot and stand back!
Someone on the TES forum has posted a wonderful bottle top picture on the resource bank - I dare not post it here for fear of copyright infringement, but it's worth checking out.
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Posted 11 November 2006 - 06:13 PM

Attached File  good_practice_with_babies.pdf   104.22KB   148 downloadsAttached File  heuristic_play.pdf   1.11MB   157 downloadsAttached File  heuristic_play2.pdf   748.3KB   105 downloads


good info from Te Whariki - New Zealand early years curriculum which originally was used as base research for birth to three

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:57 PM

Hi Nefertari these are great as i have just been asked to run a Heuristic play session .Many thanks




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