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Counting Bears


Prepare the following for each child:

  • a set of six cut-out paper bear shapes; each bear should have a number written on it from 1 to 6
  • a plastic baggie of 10 gummy bears
  • a set of six number cards for the numbers 1 to 6

Then present one or more of these activities for students to do:

  • Invite students to match each of their paper bears to the correct number card. Have students say each number as they go.
  • Have students arrange the paper cut-outs in front of them. Call out a number from 1 to 6. Let students find the correct bear/number and place on it the corresponding number of gummy bears.
  • Read to children The Gummi Bear Counting Book by L Boegehold (Lorenz Books). Have the class count aloud in unison the numbers on their bears (1 to 6).


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