- Patterns. Arrange the bears in patterns, simple to intricate, for your child to copy or complete.
- Sorting. Mix all the bears together and let your preschooler sort them into the appropriate colored cups.
- Math facts. Use the bears to illustrate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.
- One-to-one correspondence. Trace the shape of the bears’ base onto index cards, write the corresponding number and number word, and use the card to teach one-to-one correspondence, as well as number and number word recognition.
- Graphs. Add some large square graph paper and use the bears to help your elementary-aged child understand and create graphs.
- Ratio. Counting bears make a great visual aid for understanding the concept of ratios.
What other uses have you found for counting bears?
Kris is the classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason, sweet-tea-drinking, homeschooling mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.