Recently, I have become a big believer in playdough mats. My youngest daughter knows how to count, but struggles to remember what each number looks like. Using playdough mats to help her practice counting, has helped reinforce what each number looks like and how they are written, as well as her counting. These Types of Bears playdough mats are perfect for any day or in conjunction with a woodland or bear theme.
I recommend printing each of these pages (on cardstock preferably, but printer paper will work too) and then laminating them for longevity. The nice thing about these mats is that they really are multi-purpose. You can use them with playdough for younger kids and then graduate to wipe-off markers as they get more fine motor skills. You can also use a variety of objects to place in the little boxes to help kids with their counting. My girls also love to use pom-poms to count.
Included in this set:
- 4 Letter Playdough Mats
- 1-10 Number Playdough Mats
Don’t forget to check out our Polar Bear Printables too!
If you’re looking for some great readers to use while learning about bears, check out these great titles. Many are probably available at your local library, or you could get a Kindle version for most of them on Amazon. I love using my Kindle Reader app to read with my kids. I have so many titles at the tip of my fingers in just minutes!
Don’t Wake Up the Bear by Marjorie Dennis Murray
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury
101 Facts…Bears! by IP Factly
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.
Good Night, Little Bear by Patsy Scarry
Bears by Deborah Hodge
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky