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 fun to ordinary number work with this colorful batch of counting bear clip cards. They’re a playful way to learn the numbers 1 to 12!

Snag your activity and then hop over and grab our bundle of best selling Pre-K centers in our shop!

Getting Ready

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.

Grab Your Set

Ready to play?! Click the blue download button below for your free batch of clip cards and then hop over and grab our bundle of best-selling Pre-K centers in our shop!

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  1. Would love to have this resource, but cannot get it to download. I have used this site before with no trouble. After typing my name and email, then clicking the get it now button, the button turns a lighter shade and is no longer clickable but nothing else happens.

    1. Finally figured this out! Cannot access your downloads with Chrome, but did have success when using a different browser.

      1. Hello Steph,
        Thank you so much for reaching out and letting us know. Technology can be a bit frustrating sometimes.
        Please make sure that you have the most recent version of Adobe Reader Other downloaded onto your computer.
        It is free or available here:
        I hope this helps!
        Kimberleigh // Happiness Ambassador

        1. I also am not able to download these bear counting cards and the bear pattern cards. I tried a different browser and made sure Acrobat was up to date. I was able to download other items right now from the site with no problems, such as pattern block roll and cover and stem weight challenges. I would really, really like the bear pattern cards that have the empty boxes so kiddos can figure out how to continue the pattern or what’s missing. I ended up purchasing the pattern centers download (no problems downloading this either) on TpT, however was bummed out when realized all the bear pattern cards in this resource are completed.

          Please advise how to proceed. Thanks!

          1. Thank you so much for letting us know about the problem, Stephanie! The glitch has been fixed so you can grab the counting bear clip cards at the bottom of the post now. 🙂

  2. The blue “Download Here” button does not work. When I click on it, it does nothing… Could you help?

    1. Thank you for letting us know that the download button wasn’t working, Ivy! The glitch has been fixed so you can grab the counting bear clip cards at the bottom of the post now. 🙂

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