A word of warning though, they shouldn’t really be used with children under the age of 3 years as they are quite small so could be a choking hazard.
They come in four colours, red, blue, green and yellow and three sizes, big, middle-size and small (perfect for Goldilocks and the Three Bears)
The beautiful thing about Compare Bears is the fact that they can be used for so many areas of learning, not just counting. For example,
Can you put the bear under the chair, on the table, in the box etc?
Where is the green bear?
Can the red bear make a quarter turn to the right?
- Size and Colour:
Show me the big red bear.
Can you find 3 little bears?
Put 2 big green bears and 1 little yellow bear in the box.
Use the Compare Bears as counters. They are so tactile.
- Pattern and Matching:
Can you complete the pattern?
What comes next in this pattern
Can you make your own pattern?
Where is bear that matches this one etc?
Can you find me the yellow bears?
- Storytime and Small World:
Absolutely wonderful for making up your own stories.
So many children’s stories feature bears and these can be used to ‘tell’ the story.
Making story scenes for the bears.
and the list goes on and on.
There are other resources for use with the Compare Bears such as the Sorting Trays and Pattern Cards but in all honestly these aren’t necessary.
There are lots of different versions of these counting resources, transport, elephants, dinosaurs etc but the bears will always be my favourite.