Calming Basket


A calming basket is useful at the end of the day when your little one is tired but it is too early for bed and nothing seems to make them happy. This happens to us when my boy has only had one nap, he is slowly transitioning to one nap a day but most of the time he still needs two. On the days that he has only had one nap he gets tired around 4:30/5:00 and so I have to stretch him out until bedtime, not easy! This usually coincides with me trying to make dinner and it can get stressful for both of us!


I have filled the calming basket full of quiet activities to engage my boy's interest. Most of the things that I already had were blue so I went with that as a bit of a theme. I think it has made the basket quite peaceful and relaxing as it is not overstimulating.


Inside the basket there is a book full of beautiful illustrations and a wheat bag that I heat slightly so that he can feel some warmth. Two homemade stressballs made with balloons, one filled with rice and one with playdough. Having these the same colour engages the sense of touch as they look the same but feel very different. I also have a set of Chinese meditation balls that make a wonderfully soothing sound as they move around, we already had these in the house but they do make an excellent addition and have become a favourite to explore.




A squishy bag full of stars was easy to make, I just filled a ziplock bag with some clear shampoo, added the stars, sealed it up, put it inside another ziplock bag for double protection and taped it shut.




Lastly, a discovery bottle with blue food colouring and silver glitter, again taped up for protection.

Giving the little man this basket calms him down and helps him to play quietly for 10-15 minutes which I think is fantastic for an 11 month old. I can usually get done the things I need too and then spend some time with him myself.

I believe that the biggest reason this works is because I put it away when it is not needed so that he only gets to play with it every now and then. This means that the objects remain special and interesting during the times that we need it the most. You could put anything in the basket that you believe will engage your child, just have a look around your house and you will find something special to add!

Read about our other treasure basket themes for more ideas: circles, cultural and the colour red!

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13 comments:

  1. What an absolutely gorgeous idea Alison. xx

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  2. Great ideas! Being able to self-sooth is an excellent skill for your child and a bonus for you!

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  3. Yes, especially for those moments when we are really busy!

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  4. i think sometimes we grownups could use a calming basket, too... :D

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  5. (ps -visiting from Manic Monday Blog Hop... :D )

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  6. This is such a great idea! I have a little one also transitioning to just one nap and evenings can be a little crazy! I need to make one of these for her. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. It's hard isn't it! I love my days where he still has 2 naps!

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  7. That is so beautiful. I would have loved a little pack like for the girls after their afternoon bath. It would calm me too.

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    1. It would be good to have a couple different ones to use as part of a routine like after a bath. :)

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  8. This is a great idea. My son would love this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I hope your son enjoys it!

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