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Friday, January 22, 2010

Learning Resources Counting Bears

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This giveaway is now closed ~ thanks so much!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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
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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!  
 
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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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