Treasure Box

Age
0 - 2
Child Development
Sitting, reaching, grabbing
Equipment
A box with low enough sides for a sitting child to reach in to
Lots of toys and objects with different textures and shapes
Where this can be played
Indoors
How to Play

Make a ‘treasure basket’ of everyday household items for your child. The basket should be large enough to store a variety of items, low enough for the sitting child to reach into and strong enough to lean on. Many household items are safe for your child to play and experiment with through banging, touching, tasting. Change the basket contents to vary experiences.

Stay with your child to create a sense of security as s/he explores and to ensure safe play.

Ideas for the treasure box:

Treasure box ideas

Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options

-    For children with impairments in flexibility or gross motor skills, encourage them to perform the movements as much as they can, understanding that it may look different to others. 
-    If you have a participant who uses a wheelchair, be intentional around the movements that you select to allow them to participate.
-    For children who are deaf or hard of hearing, act out the actions or provide pictures of the intended movements
-    If you have a child with another type of disability not mentioned above, they may be able to participate in this activity without adaptations or modifications
 

Source – adapted from A Guide to Games and Activities by Barnados