Baby B is able to sit on his own now, and can hold things in his hand. This is the perfect time to introduce him Treasure Baskets. I saw this concept in Tim Seldin's book How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way and couldn't wait until Baby B was old enough.
The idea is to use a low basket filled with interesting objects from your household and nature. Of course, you need to make sure they are large enough not be swallowed and safe enough to be mouthed. Ultimately you want to gather between 50 and 100 objects of different shape, color, texture, weight and smell.
I started out with just five objects to see how he responded, and he LOVED it! Baby B spent over 30 minutes expoloring the objects in the basket. I found it fascinating to watch him as he carefully pulled the items out, explored them, and then put them aside. He went over each item and when the basket was empty he picked it up and explored that as well.
two unpolished interlocking wooden circles,
a black and white crocheted rattle with jingle bells inside,
a fabric book with a baby-safe mirror inside,
a fabric owl puppet,
a satchet of lavender
and a small animal figure.
There are so many things you can include in a Treasure Basket and I plan to add more items soon.