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 these free Counting Bear Fine Motor Alphabet Mats for fine motor work and alphabet learning!
*Pair with our Alphabet Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Counting Bear Fine Motor Alphabet Mats
We are always looking for ways to add in more fine motor practice to our learning, because we know how important it is to strengthen those finger muscles as our early learners develop, and we want to do it in a fun way!
These alphabet mats do just that while also encouraging practice with letter recognition!
How to Prep
This activity is so easy to prep. I simply printed out the alphabet mats (at the end of the post) and laminated them. You can choose if you want to use the uppercase or lowercase version as they are both included!
How to Play
The goal of this activity is to – you guessed it – fill the letters up with counting bears!
The kids must pick up the counting bears and place them carefully within the letters until they are filled up. This simple pick up and release motion is great fine motor practice for your littlest learners.
If your students are ready for a more challenging way to play, they can use the clothespin to pick up the counting bears carefully and transfer them onto the letters.
These alphabet mats are the perfect activity for practicing letters in a fun, hands-on way that will have your kids excited to play!
Grab Your FREE Set
Ready for some ABC fun with a fine motor twist? Grab your free copy of the counting bear fine motor alphabet mats by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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!
Counting Bears Graphing // Sara J Creations
Counting Bears Alphabet Match // Modern Preschool
Counting Bears Roll and Cover Math Game // Mom Inspired Life
Using Counting Bears During Story Time // Homebound but Hopeful
Counting Bears Fine Motor Alphabet Mats // The Kindergarten Connection
Counting Bear Pattern Cards // The STEM Laboratory
Counting Bear Counting Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Write and Wipe Addition with Counting Bears // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Counting Bear Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Counting Bear Activities // Fairy Poppins
Counting Bears Sorting by Size // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Counting Bear Word Problem Challenge Cards // Schooling a Monkey