I am so excited to introduce you to the #toolsforlearning series!! Every Tuesday an awesome team of bloggers will be taking on the challenge of activities with common educational manipulatives! We want learning to be hands-on, interactive and definitely fun!! Follow the #toolsforlearning hashtag on Instagram to see all the amazing activities & share your own using the manipulative of the week! We’re starting off the series with rainbow counters: bears, animals, all things rainbow! Like these Size Order Rainbow Bear Cards.

Practice size order with preschoolers using this fun free printable rainbow bear size card set! Sort by colors and compare sizes!

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Materials Needed for the Rainbow Bear Cards Activity:

  • Bear Family Counters
  • Laminating Suplies
  • Craft Paper Cutting Board

To Prep: Print the Size Order Rainbow Bear Cards, laminate and cut them apart.

Practice size order with preschoolers using this fun free printable rainbow bear size card set! Sort by colors and compare sizes!

We started by doing an example row. I showed Shiloh how to put the cards in order with large, medium and small. Then she tried.

Practice size order with preschoolers using this fun free printable rainbow bear size card set! Sort by colors and compare sizes!

She is really great at self-correction when it comes to colors, so even though she tried putting the wrong color in her row, she quickly realized that it was wrong and placed it in another row.

Practice size order with preschoolers using this fun free printable rainbow bear size card set! Sort by colors and compare sizes!

Then we worked on matching the cards with the rainbow bear manipulatives.

Practice size order with preschoolers using this fun free printable rainbow bear size card set! Sort by colors and compare sizes!

We tried them horizontally. Then vertically.

Practice size order with preschoolers using this fun free printable rainbow bear size card set! Sort by colors and compare sizes!

And even tried them spread out around the desk. That was harder, so we talked while we worked. “Which picture is the biggest?” “Where does the small bear go?”

Practice size order with preschoolers using this fun free printable rainbow bear size card set! Sort by colors and compare sizes!

It’s really important that kids realize that size doesn’t just apply to pictures on a paper. That’s why the rainbow bear manipulatives are great for this activity. I really like the Thinking Kids Math Bears that we have because they can be sorted with both six different colors and three different sizes. They cost a little bit more than some other brands of rainbow bears, but it has been totally worth it for us.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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7 Comments

  1. So fun! I now feel very compelled to buy the bears in different sizes so I can do activities like this!

  2. Wow – what amazing printable resources. I shall be passing these on to my teacher friends!

  3. So many fun ways to learn with rainbow colored manipulatives! I, too, love that they created a set with orange!

  4. Your newer bears are so cute. I love that they’ve added orange and purple and little packs on their backs. Your printables look amazing.

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