Avery loves her sensory tubs so much I decided we needed to do something similar for Parker. While looking around the web I learned about infant treasure baskets. It was exactly what I was looking for!
Treasure baskets are usually geared toward 6 to 18 month old babies. The objects should be small enough for them to pick up but large enough to not be a choking hazard (however, I still make sure that we only play with ours when an adult is watching and keeping an eye on her). Objects in the basket can be random or based on a theme or category. Treasure baskets are great for promoting independence and curiosity while also developing focus and concentration. They also allow the infant to use there senses to learn about new objects.
So far we have done 2 different treasure baskets for Parker. The first one we did was things that were shiny! She loved it! The first time I put her down with it she played with it for 40 minutes straight and then she only stopped because it was time to eat and I put it away! We kept it out for about 3 weeks and it always did a great job at keeping her interest!
It contains: measuring spoons, shiny tissue paper, scoop, CD, mirror, napkin rings, bead necklace, toy metal pot, metal desk organizer cup, and tea infuser
Our newest one contains things that are made from wood.
It contains: a wooden bowl, a couple massagers, a wooden bracelet with ribbons attached, a giant clothes pin, a picture frame, a block, a puzzle piece, and a bracelet of wooden beads
If you are looking for more great ideas for infant treasure baskets, take a look at these posts:
From How We Montessori
From The Learning Ark