Learning Activity For Toddler: Fill Your “Discovery Bag”

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Looking for a great learning activity for your toddler? This activity of filling your toddler’s “discovery bag” is fun, easy, and versatile. Plus, you can use items from around the house, making this a free toddler activity too!

Materials Needed For This Learning Activity:

  • A designated “discovery bag”: This can be something as simple as a reusable cloth grocery bag or other safe bag around your house. You could also turn this into a fun toddler art project and help your toddler make his/her own special tote.
  • A safe place to explore: this could range from a play room in your house, to a neighborhood park!

Directions For This Learning Activity:

This activity is simple. You explain your theme for the day and have your toddler find objects that fit the theme, and put them into the “discovery bag”. Once your toddler has collected the objects, pull them out together and talk about them.

For example, if your  theme was “objects that are red”, you would help your little one collect red objects and put them into the special bag. The objects may be red toys, a red shirt, a red book, a red puzzle piece, etc.

Make the “discovery bag” a fun part of your toddler’s day (or week) by trying new themes. By using this approach, you can teach your toddler shapes, colors, letters, animals, plants, and more in a fun way! You can even turn this into a preschool learning activity by choosing more difficult themes like finding objects that begin with a certain letter sound.

Theme Ideas:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Violet
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Rocks
  • Wheels
  • Big
  • Little
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Leaves
  • Letters
  • Squares
  • Triangles
  • Circles
  • Rectangles
  • Items from Nature Walk
  • Smooth
  • Rough
  • Objects I can Smell
  • Objects I can Taste

Teaching toddlers is all about getting them excited and letting them use their senses to get involved in the learning process. Using the discovery bag is a great toddler learning activity because it can do just that!

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