The start of a home made sensory basket

Ever since our first Baby Sensory class I knew that I wanted to make a box or basket for us to have at home. I love that Erin enjoys such a variety of toys and activities but Baby Sensory class is one of her favourites.

To start with we were lucky to have been given some baby gifts in a lovely wicker basket so choosing our box was really easy. The basket is kept out of the way as it has no lid and I don’t want Erin seeing into it while we’re in her room. I want her to get excited about us getting the basket out.

Erin is really into her musical instruments so these were some of the first things that I put in the basket. We actually some of the instruments we use in Baby Sensory classes so I knew that Erin would get excited about hearing familiar noises. We also have some charity shop bargains! The rhythm sticks and yellow bell were the more expensive items while the parrot maracas were 20p each and the monkey tambourine was 50p!

A sensory basket is not just about noises though. Erin also has some great items for colour and texture. I absolutely love the bright red pom pom we bought from Amazon but we do have to be careful with it because some of the bits fall out now and again. We also have a yellow chiffon scarf which is perfect for peek-a-boo and a rainbow ribbon which comes in a plastic ring. Erin can hold the rainbow ribbon really well now so that’s one of her favourites.


Other items in the basket at the moment include a baby safe mirror (60p), a red ball (came with other Baby Sensory items), clips for toys (50p the whole line) and a super random blue and yellow toy that sort of wibbles about a bit (20p).

I realise now that my basket is missing a hell of a lot and I need to get some more items. I have a bit of a wishlist after having a good look around on Pinterest.

  • Pinecones
  • Shells
  • A toothbrush
  • Flannel
  • Comb
  • Buttons
  • A mini bean bag
  • Wooden pegs
  • Items that light up
  • Wooden spoon
  • Something made from silicone
  • Ball of string
  • Lego block
  • Glitter pots (with the lids glued on!)

Ideally, I would really like to get one of those basket storage systems for Erin’s nursery so we could make up different baskets for things like colours or sounds etc. I think Erin would get so much out of different baskets because then they would never get boring. She’d have different to chose from each time!

Do you have a sensory basket or treasure basket for you child? If you do, what have been some of the most popular items you’ve put in there?

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  1. Such a cool idea! I would have loved to have done something like this for my 1st (who is now nearly 3). My second is 11 weeks old so definitely potential for this as we have most of these items already (yes, I actually have pinecones and shells in my house courtesy of the toddler lol) and funnily enough, it’s usually my toddler who will encourage him to play. i.e. “Jared play with this thing with me!” and drops it on his head or something. Ugh! But so sweet.

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