Counting bears are such a motivating math manipulative for young children. They’re great for practicing patterns, graphing and (of course!) counting. Bring a big dose of hands-on funÂ to ordinary numberÂ workÂ with this colorful batch of counting bear clip cards. They’re a playfulÂ way to learn the numbers 1 to 12!

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To prep the activity, I printed the sheets (below) on card stock to give them extra durability.

Then, I cut along the lines to separate the cards and grabbed our stash of clothespins and counting bears to round off our supplies.

I wanted to make the cards self-checkable, so I clipped the correct answers and flipped them face down on the table.

I marked each clipping spot with a small dot so students could easily check their answers later.

## Counting Bear Clip Cards

Then, it was time for the fun to begin!

Little Sister (age 3) happily grabbed the top card in the pile and counted the number of bears: 1, 2, 3.

Then, she counted out a matching pile of three real counting bears and clipped the 3 on her card.

The multiple steps reinforced her one-to-one correspondence and number recognition.

Little Sister placed the card to the side and grabbed the next one: a 5!

One card after the next, she happily counted her bears and clipped the matching number.