Using Counting Bears During Story Time

Story time can be a great time to reinforce basic foundation skills with your preschooler. Check out this fun story time that pairs Counting Bears with Karma Wilson's 'Bear' series to help teach colors and numbers. #countingbears #storytime #beyondthebook #freeprintables #learnathome #karmawilson #bearseescolors #bearcounts #picturebooks #kidlit Story time can be a great time to reinforce basic foundation skills with your preschooler. Check out this fun story time that pairs Counting Bears with Karma Wilson's 'Bear' series to help teach colors and numbers. #countingbears #storytime #beyondthebook #freeprintables #learnathome #karmawilson #bearseescolors #bearcounts #picturebooks #kidlit

For the past year or so, #thelittleone has been a huge fan of the Bear series. I’m sure the majority of the parents out there are familiar with Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman’s series of picture books about lovable Bear and his animal friends. Over the last several months, #thelittleone has also become a huge fan of sorting and classifying. He loves to sort things by shape, color, or size, and does it over and over. When we picked up a set of counting bears recently, I knew they would pair perfectly with some of our Bear books in learning activities my kiddo would love. Read on to see what stories we’ve been using them with. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post as well for a round up of other great ways to use counting bears for learning!

Story time can be a great time to reinforce basic foundation skills with your preschooler. Check out this fun story time that pairs Counting Bears with Karma Wilson's 'Bear' series to help teach colors and numbers. #countingbears #storytime #beyondthebook #freeprintables #learnathome #karmawilson #bearseescolors #bearcounts #picturebooks #kidlit
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STORY TIME WITH BEAR

Bear Counts

We love this sweet little counting book for early math. Bear Counts is a sturdy board book, perfect for my youngest monster’s rough hands. It feature simple rhyming verses that identify things Bear and his friends encounter in the forest. As the book progresses, Bear ultimately counts up to five. In addition to the basic math presented, there’s a lot of opportunity to enrich vocabulary as young readers point out animals, fruits, etc.

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Bear Sees Colors

This book in the series is a bit longer than Bear Counts, but very similar in style. Bear and his forest friends take a stroll, identifying the colors around them as they go. The rhymes are lyrical, and allow young readers to ‘predict’ what color will be featured on the next page. The bright illustrations offer plenty of opportunity for look-and-find while pointing out other things in the same shade on each page.

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USING COUNTING BEARS AT STORY TIME

Counting

We’re still very early in the counting process with #thelittleone, so it will be a bit before he can complete this activity independently. I know it’s going to be one he loves in the future though. We paired our counting bears with a muffin tin, as well as the number printable I created. (Grab yours at the end of this post!) Cut out the circles and place them randomly in the bottom of the muffin tin. Encourage your child to count while adding counting bears to each cup of the tin until they reach the correct number. Use a 6-cup muffin tin for younger kids, and a 12-cup tin for an extra challenge for older children. The colors of the numbers can correspond to the colors of the bears as well, if you want to work on two skills at once.

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Colors

#thelittleone has become very strong with his color sorting, which is a fun skill to watch develop. I paired our counting bears with a muffin tin and Bear color printable (see below to get yours). Use scissors to cut out each Bear circle, and place randomly in the bottom of a muffin tin. Encourage your child to sort the counting bears by color into the appropriate cups of the tin. Use a 6-cup muffin tin for younger children, and a 12-cup tin for an extra challenge for older kids. Reinforce the colors from the story by talking about what Bear saw in each color as your child sorts their counting bears. Do they remember what Bear saw that was red? Purple? And so on.

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Do you have a favorite manipulative you like to use for learning at home? Tell me about it in the comments below!

 

> > > Bear Counts Muffin Tin Printable < < <

> > > Bear Sees Colors Muffin Tin Printable < < <

Story time can be a great time to reinforce basic foundation skills with your preschooler. Check out this fun story time that pairs Counting Bears with Karma Wilson's 'Bear' series to help teach colors and numbers. #countingbears #storytime #beyondthebook #freeprintables #learnathome #karmawilson #bearseescolors #bearcounts #picturebooks #kidlit

 


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COUNTING BEARS ACTIVITY ROUND UP

Story time can be a great time to reinforce basic foundation skills with your preschooler. Check out this fun story time that pairs Counting Bears with Karma Wilson's 'Bear' series to help teach colors and numbers. #countingbears #storytime #beyondthebook #freeprintables #learnathome #karmawilson #bearseescolors #bearcounts #picturebooks #kidlit

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

Counting Bears Graphing // Sara J Creations
Counting Bears Alphabet Match // Modern Preschool
Counting Bears Roll and Cover Math Game // Mom Inspired Life
Counting Bears Fine Motor Alphabet Mats // Letters of Literacy
Counting Bear Pattern Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Counting Bear Counting Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Counting Bear Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Write and Wipe Subtraction Cards // Pages of Grace
Multi-Sensory Task Cards // My Creative Inclusion
Counting Bear Activities // Fairy Poppins
Write and Wipe Addition with Counting Bears // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Counting Bears Sorting by Size // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Counting Bear Word Problem Challenge Cards // Schooling a Monkey

38 Comments

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  • sparkingyoungduo

    Such a great activity!

    • Kate

      Thanks very much for checking it out!

  • thatlife86

    Very cool!!! I will be looking for cool activities to do with my little guy! I will be downloading the printables!!!

    • Kate

      Hope you guys have fun with them!

  • Catherine G

    I am definitely going to try this with my 3 year old! She has a Ten Friendly Fish book this would work great for!

    • Kate

      That sounds like the perfect pairing, Catherine! Thanks!

  • Suja

    Great activity for toddlers. Love the counting bears in cupcake tray. It seems to be fun. I want to try this with my daughter.

    • Kate

      I hope you and your daughter enjoy it as much as my family does, Suja. Thanks!

  • Sarah Camille

    This is a very creative idea for parents! I can see how kids would like it as well. 🙂
    Cheers, Sarah Camille // SCsScoop.com

    • Kate

      Thanks very much Sarah Camille!

  • Isabelle Weber

    This looks so great! I’m going to try and hunt one down for my little one when he gets a bit older!

    • Kate

      Hope he has a lot of fun with them when he’s older!

  • thelittlestfunk

    This is such a great idea! My girls would love this!

    • Kate

      Thanks so much!

  • kingteeuhh

    What a fun way to learn!

    • Kate

      Thanks so much!

  • Leigh-Ann Otto

    This is really cute! I am going to order it for my son for christmas!

    • Kate

      Thanks so much Leigh-Ann! I hope he loves them as much as my son does!

  • Darlene Dee

    I love this! I am working on counting with the toddler monster. She can count to ten, but she doesn’t recognize the numbers. Maybe this would help. Thanks!

    • Kate

      I hope you guys have fun working on it together! My toddler isn’t much of a counter yet, but we’re trying!

  • Angela Amores

    I had never heard of this, but I will be getting this very soon for my son. I think he’s going to love it. I love that it’s interactive without an insane mess.
    Angela

    • Kate

      The counting bears are super quick to clean, and so versatile! I hope you guys really enjoy them!

  • Sarah

    These are the best activities. I love seeing your creativity and ideas. They are perfect for fun and learning.

    • Kate

      Thank you so much Sarah! I really appreciate your kind words!

  • Tania Paxton

    Ive never see these before! Woul it work wit Gummy Bears?

    • Kate

      Sure, as long as you can keep your kiddos from eating them all first, haha!

  • Joylee Armeje

    Those bears are cute! I hope we have them in the Philippines! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kate

      I hope you can find them, Joylee!

  • Kate

    This is such a fun and creative way to teach numbers and colors. I’m definitely going to pick this book up for my nieces and nephew. And such a resourceful idea!

    • Kate

      Thanks so much Kate- I hope they have a lot of fun with it!

  • Alissa Ackerman

    What cute ideas! When i was little, my mom used counting bears to teach math to me and my siblings, as well. I was also obsessed with sorting when i was young!

    • Kate

      Sorting seems to be a favorite activity for many little ones!

  • mogulmomartisan

    this looks like a cute book and activity for little ones.

    • Kate

      Thank you very much. We had a lot of fun with it.

  • cfaulkner2411

    This is such a cute idea! I really need to find some of these for my 3 year old. He would love an activity like this.

    • Kate

      I hope you both have a lot of fun with it!

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