Creating A Fabric Treasure Basket

A sensory activity particularly suited for babies and children up to the age of two. However the activity can be easily adapted for children up to the age of five.

You will need:

  • Squares of different patterned and coloured fabric, such as:
  • Net
  • Fury material
  • Blanket
  • Fleece
  • Towels
  • Cotton
  • Silk


There are many different types of materials you can buy in a variety of different colours and patterns. Place squares of, as many different variations of materials you can find into a box. The material pieces need not be very large only 30cm square for example.

Place the box on the floor, or empty the contents onto the mat depending on the boxes size and the age of the children. Allow the children to select pieces of materials, exploring the texture and feeling against their skin for example.

Adapt this activity for children over the age of two, to include colour recognition, names of some of the materials, and discussions about the feel of the materials and their likes or dislikes of them, depending on the children’s individual abilities. At this age the materials can also be cut into a range of shapes or sizes. The children can then sort the materials according to colour, shape or size, which will add a mathematical aspect to the sensory activity.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Personal and Social development
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
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3 thoughts on “Creating A Fabric Treasure Basket

  1. Hi some brilliant ideas on this site I’m just newly qualified and I’m soon to become room leader in an newly opened nursery and so as you can imagine I’m finding this ideas very useful. I do have a small improvement that I think could be made to the site I.e. Categorizing activities by age for a quick search as many looking at this site will be working with specfic age groups. I recognized that this was needed when looking at the summer activities as these were all for older ages whilst I’m working with ages from 9months to 2years. This is unless i was blind and didnt see this option as this is my first time on this site, but ivwill be back. Thanks for all of your help.

  2. This activity is similiar to the Montessori activity called touch fabrics. I’ve found it to be very well receive in my school.

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