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Friday, January 22, 2010

Learning Resources Counting Bears

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I am always thrilled to find new learning games for our kids ~ ones that are fun, but still work on basic skills like counting, colors, or letters. When CSN agreed to be a part of my Subscriber Celebration I looked long and hard before choosing the Counting Bears from Learning Resource as the giveaway prize. They were just too cute!

Cookies Minus the Sugar...


Zachary has been eyeing these bears ever since they showed up at our house. He is a boy that loves to count and put patterns together, so when I pulled it out to use for school time, he plopped right now and helped me get the bears all set up.

The Counting Bears {$20.95} come in a ‘cookie jar’ ~ 40 bears total that look like chocolate and vanilla cookies. Each bear has red hearts on the stomach {anywhere from 1 to 10} and the arms of the bears are able to link to another bear. The bears also come with sequencing cards, matching cards and a spinner, along with four different game ideas.

The bears themselves are nice and thick ~ easy to grab onto and manipulate. The little hearts on their chests are 3 dimensional, so kids can feel how many hearts there are also ~ perfect for little fingers.


Suggested games to play with the Counting Bears are:
  • Pair of Bears ~ a memory game to find bears with the same number of hearts
  • Bear Match ~ match the bear to one of the cards in the deck
  • Who’s Next? ~ make a number line from 1 to 10 by linking the bears
  • Red Rover Bears ~ uses the spinner to help identify numbers and players sequence bears in numerical order
Other ideas:
  • Patterning
  • Sequencing ~ 1, 2, 3, ? {find the bear that comes next}
  • Play a game of high/low ~ highest number of hearts wins

We played several different games, but Zachary had a lot of fun putting the bears in numerical order while also completing a pattern. This is a game that we are going to love having around, especially for Kaleb in the coming years!

About CSN Stores


Toys and Games Online, one of the CSN Stores,  has a large variety of learning toys available ~ I’d encourage you to look through their selection. The customer service that I experienced was wonderful and shipping was fast too {who doesn’t like that??}.

The Giveaway!!

CSN Stores is providing a jar of the Learning Resource Counting Bears for one of my readers.  There are several ways for you to enter this giveaway, but there is one mandatory first entry: look around Toys and Games Online and tell me what learning toy you would have picked.

If you would like to earn extra entries {you can earn 4 extra entries}, leave a comment for each of the following:
  • If you are a subscriber to my blog, give yourself an extra entry! Thanks so much! If you don’t subscribe, hop on board and leave a comment.
  • Visit any of  CSN’s 200+ online stores and leave a comment with something else that catches your eye ~ learning toy or not!
  • Follow CSN stores on Twitter and leave a comment with your username.
  • Twitter about this contest and include @jolantheerb in your tweet.
This giveaway will be open until Thursday, January 28th until 8pm and I will announce the winner by Saturday, January 30th. Please be sure there is a way for me to contact you ~ otherwise I will draw another winner. Note: US Residents only, please!  

Disclaimer: Thank you to CSN Stores for providing the giveaway product. This review is based on my own experiences and gives my honest opinion.

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