Little Gems Baskets Norfolk 

Little Gems Baskets Norfolk | Norwich

About Little Gems 

I'm Gemma the creator of Little Gems Baskets, here's a little bit about me. I'm a Norfolk girl born and bred. I run my business from Beighton a lovely rural village, near Acle in Norfolk. When I'm not making baskets, I run my other business Gemerations Photography. 

 

My background and career history has always been in the early years and childcare sector. I have worked as a nursery practitioner, been an early years playworker, a family support worker and a childcare lecturer and assessor. I also have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies. Throughout all this the importance of children have stimulating, active and hands on learning experiences have been continuously reaffirmed to me in my practice. 

 

I wanted to use my knowledge and experience to create home learning opportunities in the form of different educational baskets to support the early learning and development of babies, toddlers and 3-5 year olds. 

All of our Baskets are £30 which include postage and packing. 

You can order our Baskets from our Etsy Shop here

All the objects and resources used in all our baskets are for sensory exploration and are not toys, therefore adult supervisions is required at all times. 

It is important you read our Terms and Conditions before making a purchase.

You can read them here

 

Treasure Basket 

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Why did I decide to create a Treasure Basket? 

Babies and children find out about the world through their play and exploration, and using all their senses is part of that discovery. Piaget (1896-1980) a child development theorist recognised that babies aged 0-2 are in the ‘sensorimotor’ stage of development, which reaffirmed that babies learn by using their senses and movement to engage with what is in the world around them. So it is important that babies and children are present with rich learning experiences which allow them to explore through their senses and a Treasure Basket is the perfect way to provide this type of play experience. As the Treasure Basket is an open ended play resource, the learning opportunities are endless and every baby will get different benefits from it. It makes an ideal home learning resource for parents to use with their baby or child. I have seen first hand the many benefits of treasure baskets to a baby’s learning and development, as this was a topic I researched during my degree dissertation

 The Treasure Basket and a Baby's Development 

A Treasure Basket can support a baby’s learning and development in a number of different ways.  They can support a baby’s learning and development in a number of different ways. Firstly it promotes sensory learning as they explore using all their senses as they look, touch, lick, bang, hold and drop the objects. It helps to support physical development as exploring different objects helps to build and strengthen muscles in a baby’s hands, along with promoting hand-eye co-ordination. It also supports cognitive skills as a baby will be concentrating and learning the properties of different objects through their exploration e.g. size/shape/texture. In addition it encourages independence and confidence as the baby will be exploring unusual objects in different ways.

Where did the Treasure Basket Concept come from? 

The concept of the Treasure Basket was first developed by an early childhood researcher Elinor Goldschmied in the 1980s as an alternative play resource for babies to explore using their senses. She wanted to offer babies a more stimulating play experience which did not involve the normal plastic based toys. The perfect time to offer a baby a treasure basket is when they can sit upright unsupported. This is normally around 6-9 months old, but all babies are different. Even 1 year olds and 2 year olds benefit from the multi-sensory learning experience a treasure can provide. 

 

Adult supervision is required at all times because the contents of the treasure basket are not toys, but instead are intended for sensory exploration with an adult. 
 

Contents of the Little Gems Treasure Basket 

The Treasure Basket contains 25 items, an assortment of wooden objects, metal objects and natural materials to stimulate all of a baby’s senses. 

Each Treasure Basket is made of Seagrass and contains the following objects

(this list is subject to change depending on availability):-

Two Feathers 

​One Fabric Leaf 

One Metal Dessert Spoon

One Sponge

One Pine Cone 

Two Loofahs 

​One Wooden Nail Brush 

One Red Metal Jar Lid

One Metal Pudding Pot

One Wooden Paint Brush 

Two Wooden Utensils (will either be a spatula, solid spoon or spoon with slits) 

​One Leather square 

One Fabric square

One Material Organza bag containing dried orange 

One Log Slice 

One Heart Wooden Coaster 

One Fruit Pattern Metal Jar Lid 

One Fabric Scarf 

One Metal Scoop

One Wooden Egg Cup 

One Material Organza bag containing Lemongrass 

One Metal Tin with Lid 

You can order a Treasure Basket here

Treasure Basket | Little Gems Baskets | Norfolk | Norwich | Sensory Play
Treasure Basket | Little Gems Baskets | Norfolk | Norwich | Sensory Play

Sensory Basket 

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Every new sensory experience you offer your baby will build new connections in their brain and this helps build the foundations for later learning. 

Why did I decide to create a Sensory Basket? 

Babies learn through play and exploration, using their senses. Piaget (1896-1980) a theorist recognised babies 0-2 are in the ‘sensorimotor’ stage of development, which reaffirmed that babies learn using their senses and movement to engage with what is around them. A Sensory Basket provides your baby with open ended resources so the learning opportunities are endless and will be different for every baby. It is a perfect home learning resource for a parent to use with their baby to create a rich sensory experience. 

The Sensory Basket and a Baby's Development

The contents of the Basket will help to support a baby’s learning and development in a number of ways. It will support Physical Development as they will use fine motor skills to explore the objects, which will strengthen their hand muscles, along with improving hand-eye coordination. The basket is also beneficial to your baby’s sensory development. Firstly Touch-the basket contains different textured objects for the baby to touch, hold and feel e.g feather. The baby will also benefit from holding different objects in their hands e.g. tambourine. Secondly Sight-there are objects within the basket to promote a baby’s eye sight development e.g. black and white fabric card. Thirdly Sound-there are objects to introduce the baby to different sounds e.g. egg shaker. Fourthly Smell-there is a pouch with dried orange inside.

Adult supervision is required at all times because the contents of the treasure basket are not toys, but instead are intended for sensory exploration with an adult. 

Contents of the The Little Gems Sensory Basket

The Sensory Basket contains an assortment of objects to stimulate a baby’s senses. 

A Seagrass Basket containing the following (some slight variations may occur in the list below depending on availability):-

Scarf

Foil Blanket

Egg shakers x 2

Wooden maraca 

Beanbag

Feather 

Sensory Balls x 2

Tambourine 

Pom Pom

Black and white fabric cards  x 2 

Bubbles 

Mirror 

Scented bag with dried orange 

You can order a Sensory Basket here

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Bath Splash Basket 

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Why did I decide to create a Bath Splash Basket? 

Babies and Toddlers are naturally curious and interested by water and enjoy exploring it. Bath time can provide endless learning experiences with the water they can splash it, tip it, hear it, taste it and feel it. Bath Time provides a great opportunity for a baby and toddler as they can play, learn, grow and bond with a parent. Our Bath Splash Basket has been created to make bath time a fun, sensory and educational experience for you to share with your baby or toddler.

The Bath Splash Basket and a child’s development

The Bath Splash Basket supports the learning and development of a child in a number of different ways. It provides a multisensory experience, they can taste the water, they can feel the water on their skin, they can grasp the water and explore it using the different toys, they can smell the scent of foam and the bubble bath, there are lots of bright and colourful bath toys for them to look at, there is also of sounds splashing the water and squeezing the water.

 

Physical Development-There are lots of objects to move and handle by grasping, pouring, splashing all of which will promote fine motor skills and strengthen hand muscles, as well as promoting hand-eye co-ordination. 

 

Communication and Language Development-Bath time is a great activity for you to interact and role model language to your child. Talk to them and comment on what they are doing and exploring e.g. the duck is floating on the water, you have poured the water. You could also sing songs with a water theme. 

 

Cognitive / Mathematical Development-The sieve and bucket will help the child to problem solve and explore early maths concepts such as cause and effect, volume and capacity. You can reinforce this by using words such as more, less, empty or full. 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development-Hands on skin-to-skin touch with your child helps to strengthen the bond between you both, which helps to calm and reassure them. It’s a great activity to promote independence and confidence as you can get your child to help wash themselves with the sponge and involve them in collecting the toys up at the end, all of this helps boost their confidence. It has a positive impact on wellbeing as bath time can aid relaxation, which can help promote better sleep

Adult supervision is required at all times because the contents of the Bath Splash basket has small parts and are not toys. 

Contents of the The Little Gems Bath Splash Basket

The Basket is made of plastic and typically contains the following items (this list is subject to change depending on availability):-

-Bath Sponge 

-Bath Foam

-Pack of Bubbles

-2 Boats 

-5 Balls

-Water Sieve 

-Wind up toy

-Bucket

-2 Bath squirter toys 

-2 Ducks 

-Johnson’s Baby Bath 

 

 

You can order a Bath Splash Basket here

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Paint Splash Basket 

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Children love the chance to be creative and this basket lets them make their own unique artwork including decorating a canvas and photo frame. These lovely keepsakes can then be displayed in your home or make perfect personal gifts for loved ones. 

Why did I decide to create a Paint Splash Basket? 

I have seen first hand how enjoyable and stimulating creative activities are for children. So I wanted to offer a basket focused on providing creative experiences which parents could offer to their children as part of home learning. This basket provides the child with a wide range of different learning and development opportunities. 

 

The Paint Splash Basket and a child’s development

The basket contents will help to support a child’s learning and development in a number of ways. Firstly it promotes physical development, because the child will be using their fine motor skills by moving their hands and fingers to make marks with the paint. Mark making with paint also helps a child to practice their pre-writing skills as using a paint brush or fingers helps forms the foundations of early literacy. Creative development will also be promoted as the child will be expressing their own ideas by exploring and using the materials provided in different ways. Being creative is also a form of communication and helps a child to express feelings and emotions in different forms. 

Adult supervision is required at all times because the contents of the paint splash basket has small parts and the items within it are not toys. 

Contents of the The Little Gems Paint Splash Basket 

Each Basket is made of Willow and typically contains the following items (this list is subject to change depending on availability):-

One Plastic paint palette 

Four Fabric crayons in organza bag

Three paint sponges

Two sponge brushes 

Three paint brushes 

One apron  

One wooden photo frame 7x5 inch

Six pots of poster paints 20ml 

One fabric shoulder bag with straps 43cm x 38cm

One Canvas 8x10 inch

One Canvas Square 

One Messy Mat

You can order a Paint Splash Basket here

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Messy Chef Basket 

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Children love the chance to be creative and engage in imaginary play, this basket will allow them to do both, as they take on the role as a chef when they pretend to make cakes out of the playdough. 

 

Why did I decide to create a Messy Chef Basket? 

Playdough is an open-ended play resource and has lots of learning benefits for children of all ages and stages of development. It provides the child with an active hands-on learning experience which encourages exploration and discovery which will be different for each child. It’s a great activity to offer at home, as it is easy to set up and not much space is needed. The basket will provide the child with different tools and materials to use with the playdough which will stimulate curiosity and imagination. Making playdough from scratch is also a lovey hands on learning activity for parents to do at home with their child, which is why you will also receive a recipe card in your basket, so that you can make your own.  

The Messy Chef Basket and a child’s development

The contents of the basket will help to support a child’s learning and development in a number of ways. Firstly it promotes physical development, because the child will be using their fine motor skills by using their hands to explore the playdough. Creative development will also be promoted as the child will be expressing their own ideas and imagination by discovering and using the objects provided in different ways. It also supports cognitive skills as the child will be learning the properties of different objects in their exploration, such as making shapes and patterns in the dough. 

Adult supervision is required at all times because the contents of the messy chef basket basket has small parts and are not toys. 

 

Contents of the The Little Gems Messy Chef Basket 

Each Basket is made of Willow and typically contains the following objects (this list is subject to change depending on availability):-

One Rolling pin

One Spatula 

One Spoon 

One Pastry brush 

One Chopping Board 

Three Silicone Cake Cases 

Three Tubs of Playdough 

Six Playdough cutters 

One Apron 

One Play dough board

One Playdough recipe card

One  Gloop recipe card 

One Messy mat 

You can order The Messy Chef Basket here

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Little Gems Baskets offers a range of different educational baskets to support the early learning and development of babies, toddlers and 3-5 year olds. This includes a treasure basket, sensory basket, paint splash basket and messy chef basket. Little Gems Baskets is based in Norfolk, and is close to Norwich and Great Yarmouth.