Knowing how much Little Miss F. loves her Circle Basket and her Metal Treasure Box, I decided I wanted to create a wooden box. I learned from her interactions with her Red Discovery Basket that she seems to prefer treasure baskets that have lids for her to uncover.
In creating this invitation for LMF I gathered a variety of wooden materials, some toys, some household objects, and a large wooden box I’ve had since I was in fourth grade. As always, the space determined just what would fit. In the end I decided to include:
I put the box down on the ground and then showed her that the lid opened. LMF didn't hesitate. She dived right in to explore the different options. She carefully reached in to inspect a sea turtle key chain.
It is amazing to see how quickly babies grow into toddlers. It all happens so quickly! With each of the discovery activities I’ve seen LMF enjoy taking the items out, study them and play with them. How exciting it was to witness Little Miss F.’s growth first hand with her first interaction with the wooden discovery box! For some time now her favorite thing to do is empty boxes, baskets, any containers! She will work with focus until the package is empty.
For the first time I saw LMF begin to put things back with the wooden discovery box. After she has able to remove all of the items within her reach, she then began to put things back. It was amazing to see her developmental progress first hand.
She is beginning to place items with intention as she would move certain pieces over to make room for others.
Offering your child discovery boxes can be important and fun activities to support your baby’s holistic development. This approach encourages a wide variety of areas for developmental growth while keeping the focus on play, discovery, and fun. A sensory activity, children are encouraged to explore the items using their senses as a way to explore and learn--tasting the items, feeling them with their hands, even experimenting with sound as they knock the items together to make noises or tap them on the ground. Selecting different objects to remove and hold encourages fine motor development.
Talk with your child about each of the items you choose. There are plenty of opportunities to encourage your child’s language development and early mathematical literacy in just sitting down on the floor with your child and chatting.
As LMF was exploring I would note, “There are two wooden turtles. We have two turtles that live with us, too.”
Now please know, I don't talk the entire time -- I believe it is important to also give LMF the space she needs to explore without me hovering and distracting from her own plans!
Are you interested in creating your own Wooden Discovery Box?
Begin with container -- this will set the parameters for the objects you can choose to include.
Consider what wooden objects do you have around your home? What wooden materials does your child already enjoy that will be good to inlude?
Interested in other discovery activities? Check out my posts on LMF’s Circle Discovery Basket; Color Themed Discovery Basket; and Metal Discovery Box.
Safety Reminders: Adult supervision is highly recommended for all of the activities, ideas, and materials featured on this blog. As parents, guardians, and caregivers, you know your children best and your own comfort level with the different suggested activities. Littleredbarn is not responsible for any injury or damage from reproducing the activities, materials, or ideas from this blog.