Child Activity – Discovery Baskets

Child Activity – Discovery Baskets

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This is the first in a series of discovery baskets providing for the younger children. We selected a lidded basket because E is obsessed with opening and shutting lidded boxes, containers, laptops etc.

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The first discovery basket has been filled with various fruits and vegetables.

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The idea is that E is free to explore the resources, unrestricted.

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Hopefully her explorations will make use all of her senses.

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At first the focus of her attention was the lid. She lifted and shut, lifted and shut, over and over.

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She then decided she would like to explore the contents, but it took a while for her to coordinate the actions of both hands, opening the lid with one and reaching in for the contents with the other.

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Eventually, after persevering she cracked it and retrieved an apple!
Exploring the feel.

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Possibly exploring the smell, even if accidentally!

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Managing to coordinate her actions and hold a fruit in each hand.

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Discovering what she could do with each item. Finding that lemons roll.

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Exploring with toes!

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E discovered that if she shook her hands before releasing the fruit traveled further.

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This in turn encouraged crawling to retrieve the fruit.
Interestingly E never attempted to taste any of the fruit or vegetables!

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E was joined in her explorations by the toddlers.
Children learn a lot from watching each other play and explore.

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