Younger children (toddlers and babies) have a natural curiosity about the world and they are drawn to all kinds of ‘stuff’ around them. Whilst some larger loose parts would not be appropriate for babies or toddlers a smaller collection of natural objects can be a great source of enjoyment. A treasure basket – which is quite literally a basket filled with natural materials found around the home – can happily engage young babies and toddlers for long periods of time. A treasure basket can include ribbon, a clean dry fir cone, a small mirror, a large shell, a pumice stone, a small natural sponge, a little tin filled with pebbles, a wooden massager, a beaded necklace or bracelet, a piece of foil, a large pebble, crumpled tissue paper, scraps of fabric, a ball of string, a wooden comb, a shaving or pastry brush, an old shiny cd…. etc. Change some of the objects regularly to keep the basket interesting and fresh to play with. Choose ‘stuff’ carefully appropriate to the age and stage of the child and avoid small items witch can pose a choking hazard or be poked into the nose or ears. Regularly check all items carefully.