Benefits of Treasure Baskets and Sensory Play

Treasure basket play and sensory play benefits young children by helping them to develop the skills and confidence they need to improve their life chances. There is also evidence that the earlier this help is given in the lives of young children the more their life chances are increased – this could be in terms of better health, education and job outcomes.


Sensory stimulation is really important for young children. Here are a few reasons why:


  • Helps healthy brain development.

  • Develops motor skills (e.g. picking things up / holding a pen).

  • Helps develop memory.

  • Supports problem solving and concentration.

  • Provides health and well-being benefits.

  • Is child-led and fun!


A good Treasure Basket has many benefits:


  • Stimulates all the senses.

  • Develops vital connections in the brain.

  • Increases concentration and focus.

  • Develops shoulder, arm and back muscles.

  • Builds confidence and self esteem.

  • Helps children practise making choices.

  • Ignites imagination.

  • Encourages problem solving and creativity.

  • Develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination – essential for writing.

  • Encourages exploration and discovery.

  • Develops speech and language.


Further reading:


Gascoyne, S (2012) Treasure Baskets And Beyond: Realizing The Potential Of Sensory-Rich Play.


Gascoyne, S (2011) Sensory Play (Play in the EYFS).