Winner ERA Award 2012 - Best Early Years Resource & Equipment - non ICT
Babies and toddlers will love emptying the basket and cuddling these adorable characters.
Made of velour and other tactile fabrics, they are designed to engage younger children. There's a strawberry, an apple, a banana and an orange; each individually crafted with different textures.
This set makes a lovely sensory treasure collection and aligned with babies' and toddlers' developmental interests.
Machine washable at 30 degrees.
Size of basket: D25cm
size of dolls: approx. H22cm.
Suitable from birth
Before children learn to talk they have to understand the words and sounds that are being used around them. Always bear in mind that a language rich environment supports the development of sounds and letters. Using collections of familiar objects is an appropriate way to support talk and social interaction. In our nursery we have seen how babies show pleasure and excitement when sharing these baskets with someone they know.
Top tip: practitioners can use these props to recreate and share their own magical, imaginative stories.
Emma is an award winning Nursery Manager of the Year, a trainer and a huge inspiration for colleagues and parents. She balances all the necessary requirements whilst creating beautiful, nurturing environments. Busy Bees/Busy Bears, County Durham.
Practical ideas to support birth to 3
Children in the 22-26 months age range are 'interested in others' play and starting to join in' (PSED). The Fruit Friends Basket is a lovely sensory treasure item which draws children in to play, but because there are lots of different objects in the basket, there is the opportunity for many children to play together 'Children can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas'.
Use the fabric bag to support the schema of transporting, children will enjoy filling the basket with a whole range of different objects and will love carrying it around. As the basket is soft and lightweight the children can easily pick it up, but additionally, it is very easy to fill the basket - there are no awkward fastenings for children to negotiate.