Montessori inspired discovery basket ideas

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

Sound jars (rice, corn, almonds and sesame seeds).

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Feather, pinecone, seed pod found outside and a wooden egg and ring.

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Wooden rolling pin (textured), pastry brush and wooden spoon.

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Metal measuring spoons, cup, chopstick and bowl.

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Play scarves.

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More material items found around the house (felt, satin etc).

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Musical wooden shakers.

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More wooden musical instruments.

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Finger puppets.

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A montessori puzzle ball, crochet ball, wooden ball and a plastic spikey ball.

colour bottles

Colour bottles.

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These are part of a wooden texture board.

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Wooden dolls

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Australian birds.

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Australian animals

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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.

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Playdough is also a great sensory art material.


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