Discovery baskets were and still are a huge hit in our house for both of my children. These are some of the baskets I set up for my children to explore.
Sound jars (rice, corn, almonds and sesame seeds).
Feather, pinecone, seed pod found outside and a wooden egg and ring.
Wooden rolling pin (textured), pastry brush and wooden spoon.
Metal measuring spoons, cup, chopstick and bowl.
More material items found around the house (felt, satin etc).
Musical wooden shakers.
More wooden musical instruments.
A montessori puzzle ball, crochet ball, wooden ball and a plastic spikey ball.
These are part of a wooden texture board.
These were initially used without the cards. In a Montessori Infant/Toddler classroom they often have a fruit basket and a vegetable basket side by side for discovery. I haven’t seen more than three items in the baskets at a time. There are no matching cards or word cards, it’s simply a chance to see, touch and feel each of the items.
Playdough is also a great sensory art material.