Do you have a favorite manipulative in your classroom? Ours would probably have to be counting bears. We just love these adorable little critters, and they are so versatile. Did you think they were just for math? Think again! We are having a blast using them for fine motor work and alphabet learning with these printable alphabet mats.
Counting Bear Fine Motor Alphabet Mats
We are always looking for ways to add in more fine motor work to our learning, because we know how important it is to strengthen those finger muscles as our young writers develop, and we want to do it in a fun way!
Since the kids loved our fine motor alphabet pom pom painting activity, we decided to fill letters a different way this time – with counting bears!
To prep, I printed out the letter sheets (at the end of the post) and laminated them. You can choose if you want to use uppercase, lowercase, or both – they are both included in the download.
I added counting bears in a bin as well as clothespins, but you could choose to leave these out depending on the fine motor level of your students.
The goal of this activity is to – you guessed it – fill the letters up with counting bears!
You can use the clothespin to pick up bears carefully and transfer them to the letter if you really want a fine motor challenge, or you can have kids use their fingers to pick up and release bears one at a time onto the letters.
This gives them not only time to develop and strengthen fine motor skills, but exposure and practice with letters in a fun, hands-on way as well!
Grab the Alphabet Mats
Ready for some ABC fun with a fine motor twist? Grab your copy of the counting bear fine motor alphabet mats by clicking the blue button at the very end of this post.
Then, for more fine motor fun that your kids will absolutely love, grab this Fine Motor Activity Pack!
More Counting Bear Fun
Looking for more awesome ways to use your counting bears? Check out these ideas from some of my favorite kid’s activities bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Counting Bears Graphing // Sara J Creations
Counting Bears Alphabet Match // Modern Preschool
Counting Bears Roll and Cover Math Game // Mom Inspired Life
Counting Bears Fine Motor Alphabet Mats // Letters of Literacy
Counting Bear Pattern Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Counting Bear Counting Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Counting Bear Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Write and Wipe Subtraction Cards // Pages of Grace
Multi-Sensory Task Cards // My Creative Inclusion
Using Counting Bears During Story Time // Homebound but Hopeful
Counting Bear Activities // Fairy Poppins
Write and Wipe Addition with Counting Bears // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Counting Bears Sorting by Size // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Counting Bear Word Problem Challenge Cards // Schooling a Monkey