One of the most unlikely favorite toys in our house are Rainbow Counting Bears. Both of my Preschoolers use them in their everyday play. The bears also have a lot of uses as a learning tool. I even bought my son the Mini Motors Rainbow Counters this year and he is equally (if not more) thrilled with them. This simple activity makes counting with preschoolers fun and engaging. If you don’t have the counting bears, don’t worry about it, I have plenty of alternative suggestions below.
This was a very simple activity after I created the printable rainbow mats (which you can
This free counting mat pack includes four versions of the rainbow counting mats: one page has numbers to 20, one counts by 5’s to 100, one counts by 10’s to 100, and one doesn’t have any numbers. I gave Audra (4) the rainbow mat with numbers and asked her to count the bears as she placed them on the mat. I gave a rainbow mat without numbers to Wade (2.5) and asked him to match the bears to the colored dots. If you don’t have the Rainbow Counting Bears, you can use Fruit Loops as a fun alternative. We never buy them so they were a very exciting treat for Audra & Wade.
Audra was very into it and I was impressed with her counting skills. She was able to do the 1-10 mat easily. We worked together on the 11-20 mat, and I think that will be a great one to revisit once she is a little older. She loves learning to count and wants to know all about numbers, so I’m encouraged that playing with the bears is really helping to grab her interest. Wade’s interest in “school” at this age is pretty minimal. I didn’t push for him to do it at all, but we did talk about the colors and he enjoyed playing with the bears. The key for him was breaking out those Fruit Loops. I told him he couldn’t eat them until he matched all the colors on his page. He did it quickly- and without help- after that.
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