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10 Counting Bear Math Activities (Ages 2-6)

We just got a new rainbow counting bear set. It looks so colorful and fun. Now we are exploring ways to learn with it. We have been doing a lot of math activities over at our house this week. Learning basics with counting bears or any other math manipulatives like legos will help kids develop number sense. Touching objects with their hands, helps them to connect the number they are counting with the amount of objects that they feel and see. Its always healthy to let your kids set the learning pace 😀

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Here are few activities to learn math basics with counting bears..

1. Counting

My LOs loved using the measuring spoons (1 tbsp & 1/2 tbsp worked perfectly) to scoop and transfer the bears into the plastic egg carton. My almost 3 yr old counted upto 20 & started over again. Although my almost 2 yr old wasnt ready for counting, she just enjoyed scooping & transferring.

2. Sorting Colors

Some bear sets do come with cups which is easier for sorting by colors. The one we got did not include the cups. It didnt matter beacuse we had the same coloured cups at home. You could also use clear cups and name the colors or use color sorting mats. ( pic below)

3. Sorting by size 

Most of these bears sets come in 3 sizes, so you can teach your kids to sort them into containers labelled “Big, Medium, Small”. Anyways we got the box of small bears (all same size) so didnt get to do any sorting with our bears.

4. Patterning

Use color markers or round shaped stickers to create patterns on a white card stock. Ask your kids to match the bears to it. If your planning to reuse the sheet, you might as well laminate it. Or simply arrange the bears in patterns and let the kids recreate it (second image in the above pic).

5. Sequencing

You can create sequences with the bears and ask your kid what comes next- let them complete it. For eg. Create simple sequence AB (first sequence in the above pic) then you can intricate it for more challenge like AAB (third sequence in the above pic)or AABC (second sequence in the above pic) and so on. My LO was able to do simple AB sequence. We will get to the intricate ones later. 

6. One to one correspondence

Place round stickers or trace the shape of the bears base, or just use markers to mark the dots onto the paper. Write the corresponding number and  word. Use it to teach one-to-one correspondence, as well as number and number word recognition. Its good to laminate those sheets if you plan to reuse them.

7. Greater than, Less than, Equal to

Set out a small pile and a large pile of bears. Ask your kids which is greater, less, equal. Practice using these words. You could also reuse the sheets you created for activity 6 for greater than & lesser than.

8. Addition, Subtraction

Teach kids basic addition & subtraction. Set out simple math problems. 3bears + 2 bears = 5bears.

9. Graphs & Ratios

Add some large square graph paper and use the bears to help your elementary-aged child understand and create graphs. Counting bears make a great visual aid for understanding the concept of ratios.

10. Measurement

Get out some books or toys and practice non-standard measurement. How many bears long is the object? This book in the above pic is about 6 bears long.

How else can you use counting bears??

  • Arrange them into shapes or letters. Use them to spell simple words.
  • Use them in imaginary play.
  • Put them in water and let your kids to fish them out.
  • Add them to your sensory play.


Hi!! Im Lavanya, stay at home mom of 3 & 2 yr old girls.. My LOs are very active and they need various activities to keep them busy and interested. A monotonous play bores them easily.. Hence, I've started to explore & create activities to keep them occupied - fun & some learning.. This blog is my maiden attempt where you can find simple crafts and learning activities for kids. If you like my page share it with your friends. Also tell me what you think in the comments. 😀 Thanks for stopping by!!

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