Treasure Bin: White & Black Animals

I saw the idea for “Treasure Baskets” from Mari-Ann at Counting Coconuts.  The idea is that you put a small amount (5 to 10) of similar items in front of your growing baby and let him/her explore!  (Of course, ensure that the items are safe for babies and your child is supervised at all times!)

Here is Mari-Ann’s first post with details on how she began treasure baskets.  And here is a slideshow on Facebook of all her baskets.  

I started this with my daughter this week and she absolutely loves it!  She is now six and a half months old.  I waited until she became old enough to confidently sit up, so that she could reach at the items with less frustration.

At first, I wanted to have a sweet basket like Mari-Ann’s, but I decided to use what I already have and went with our beloved Ikea Trofast bins.  This has been nice for storage — they go right back on her shelf — as well as making the items more accessible to May — using a lid makes them easier for her to reach.

Her first-ever Treasure Bin consists of items that we already owned.  I will try to make one for her about once a week.  I started out wanting to do black & white, but as I was collecting items I discovered that they were all animals, so it became a White & Black Animal Treasure Bin!


I included in her bin:

  • soft white teddy bear
  • soft Snoopy
  • Schleich animals: panda & white tiger
  • Little People black puppy
  • Fisher Price cow & sheep
  • Melissa & Doug wooden zebra puzzle piece
  • twisty polar bear

And here is sweet May enjoying her Treasure Bin.  Isn’t she adorable?!  I love to watch her exploring the different textures!



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18 thoughts on “Treasure Bin: White & Black Animals

  1. I love this idea! I love giving my 6 month old son bins to explore with objects of the same color. I like the idea of only giving a few things. I definitely think he plays better when he doesn’t have so much clutter around him. I am going to try limiting the amount of items I put in our color bins. Your daughter is adorable and looks like she is really enjoying exploring her black and white animals!!

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