Fun Activities to Create with your Little Ones

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Published on May 1, 2018

Treasure Baskets are my new favourite activity to do with the children. It helps them focus on one topic and I get to include a load of goodies for them, to learn about that subject. For under 1’s it’s good to do sensory Treasure Baskets that include, parts of nature, rice shakers, coloured pasta etc so they explore their sensory skills.

As a Nanny I love to make sure my children in my care realise that they have potential, help them tap into their imaginations so they can think outside the box and most importantly ask them what they want to do or be, no matter how ‘out there’ it is I will create a Treasure Box around it so they can experience their role models for the day, you never know this may drive them as they get older.

Here are three example I have created with the three year old twins I look after at the moment. I like to include a story, craft activity and outdoors activity based around the subject.


This Treasure Basket was all about looking after animals and who do we call if we need help with our pets.

The girls loved grooming their pets, looking after their fur, making sure they only eat certain foods and giving them lots of cuddles!

You will need:

  • Basket
  • Soft toy animals
  • ‘Food’ for the animals
  • Tools to help care for the animals (brushes and medical)


This Treasure Basket was all about creating explorer goggles, I hid some ‘wild animal teddies’ in the garden, made a list and the girls went on their adventure!

I told them the story of Ruth Harkness – she traveled to China in 1936 and brought back the first live giant panda to the United States – not in a cage, or on a leash, but wrapped in her arms.

You will need:

  • Basket
  • Wild animal teddies
  • Imagination!


For #PRESSFORPROGRESS Day we focused on Mae.C.Jemison – an American engineer, physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.

An amazing role model to be reading about and designing our own Space Rocket and moon rocks! I let them also watch the NASA Rocket Takeoff on the TV, it was amazing to see them ask questions and realise they can be astronauts as well!

You will need:

  • Silver Foil
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors (with supervision)
  • Pens

If you try any of these Treasure Box ideas please do let us know!

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  1. Zsara says:

    Brilliant idea. Who doesn’t like treasure.. 💛

  2. Elizabeth Harrison says:

    I love this and it really helps imaginative play 🙂

  3. Chantell Herbst says:

    Brilliant!!! Always nice to see what Nanny Alex is up too!!!

  4. Nicole Pantony says:

    This is brilliant. Will definitely be trying these ideas with my bundle of joys. Great ideas to tap into their imagination and make memories together!!

  5. Nerincx says:

    Such great ideas! This Nany is the best one and has the best ideas for your kids!

  6. Elizabeth Kanderian says:

    How wonderful for your employers to know their children are in such safe hands – explorer’s hands! – who will help them take an interest in the wider world… And thanks for the inspiration – I’ve created a box for my 3-yr old: his beloved motorbike, shami leather, oil, treasure hunt to lead him to his toy garage where he can fill up, his favourite motorbike book and we finished with a YouTube clip about an amazing 4-yr old dirt bike racer called Jayden Smart – my son’s pin-up!

  7. Antonia says:

    Such fun and creative ideas; a wonderful way for little ones to explore the world. We’re going to make a space rocket today! Thanks for the inspiration nanny Alex!

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