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Montessori discovery basket

The Montessori-inspired discovery basket or treasure basket is a play prompt that allows babies to safely explore a variety of everyday items and simple toys. Look for 5-10 objects that provide a variety of sensory experiences - soft and spiky, metal and wood, quiet and loud. This activity is perfect for babies who are sitting up but not very mobile yet.


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If you have a truck-obsessed toddler in the house, expand their creative play by making roads and parking lots out of construction paper. Here, I cut and taped black paper to our art table, then glued on smaller scraps of white and yellow paper to make the traffic lines.


  • construction paper
  • glue
  • cars and trucks 
  • buildings, trees, or other small world/dollhouse accessories (BRIO pictured)