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Brown Bear Color Hunt

Ideal for Infant, Toddler

A young toddler boy crawls on a pink mat

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to compare and categorize objects, materials, and events.

Materials Needed:

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

(available online if you don’t have the book here.)

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction


  • Step 1: Read the story to your child or listen to the story read by Gwyneth Paltrow here.
  • Step 2: Depending on your child’s interest, pretend to be some of the animals in the story. Growl like a bear, hop like a frog, meow like a cat, or waddle like a duck.
  • Step 3: Show a few objects of various colors. Say the colors of the objects with your child. Go on a color hunt in your home, looking for red, blue, yellow, etc.

Learn More: Cut animal shapes from cardstock and attach them to craft sticks to make puppets. Retell the stories, using the puppets.

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