50 Counting Bears with 5 Cups
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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2009
**I originally posted this review under the item listing where we had bought this, which is now listed as "discontinued." But it's clear that this is the same item, so I am re-posting it here where more people are likely to see my review. I don't want this outstanding toy to be overlooked!**

I had been thinking for some time of buying "counting bears" to help my 3-year-old daughter better connect the math equations she was (totally on her own) memorizing, with real-world understanding of counting, adding and subtracting. I only finally took the leap when I noticed that these bears were available with the free Super Saver Shipping.

OH, what a wonderful purchase. 50 bears, sturdy and plastic, and they're quite cute, sitting upright and easily balanced. The bears' colors are vivid and exactly match the colors of the cups, which are a big part of what separates this toy from others.

Let's face it, kids like to grab things, move them around, arrange them as they see fit, and this is a toy that caters to those impulses. There's no aspect of "Here is how you are SUPPOSED to play with this," no rules, no narrative, nothing to interfere with good old-fashioned manipulation and experimentation.

Almost without fail now -- for several weeks -- my daughter has woken up asking to play with her counting bears. She pours them out on her table, then dutifully sorts them by color, filling in each cup with that color of bear. She hardly needs practice in color recognition or sorting, so at first I thought she might grow bored with this. But I've been so wrong, her play has only become more involved as she's repeated the routine. I haven't needed to try to deliberately use these bears to teach elementary math -- they do it themselves. Very soon we were having conversations about the total number of bears (50), and then how there were ten bears in each of five colors.

She now has me hold open the little plastic bag after each cup is filled, and she comes over and ever-so-purposefully pours each cup's bears into the bag -- first purple, then blue, then green, then yellow, then red. As she does it, she triumphantly announces the numbers. . . "Now there are ten! Now there are twenty! Now there are thirty!" This isn't drilling or work for her, it's purely delighted play. It's a way for her to organize a little world of her own.

I just can't say enough about this wonderful toy. Kudos to the makers -- they really did this one right. Simple, unpretentious, but just enough there to delight a young mind.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2003
I have been searching everywhere for these bears, and was thrilled to finally find them.
I'm a substitute teacher, speciallizing in preschool and elementary grade levels and a long time babysitter. These bears are wonderful tools for helping little ones learn about colors, both naming and sorting, and a whole slew of counting and math activities.
I've found that these bears are helpful for a wide range of age groups. Even if you think your child isn't quite ready for naming or sorting, just letting the child play with the bears, because of their size, can help with fine motor skills. The act of picking up the bears and getting them to stand up right can be a helpful part of play. !*real little ones should probably wait until they've stopped putting things in their mouth for this one.*!
For older children, the fun colors and cute bears make introduction to math a lot of fun, even if it's just the occassional question during play of, "Let's count the red bears that are over here, or I have five green bears, can you help me get to seven green bears?"
I highly recommend these durable and fun toys for anyone whose got a little one, especially if they are hungry to learn and you've not been sure what to use to help them.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2011
Aside from all the wonderful, yet obvious uses for this toy (counting, sorting, color recognition, math) my 2.5 year old daughter's Early Intervention teachers use these to work on her language skills (both expressive and receptive). For example, they put bears all around the room and then say "I see a bear ON TOP of the bookshelf!" And my daughter has to listen and go find it. They work on words like "under" "over" "beneath" "between" "near" etc. She loves hunting all around the room and listening to the clues. When sorting, they work on numeracy words like "few" "many" "most" "all" "some" and "none." For example, they will ask her to put a "few" in the cup, or to find "all" the bears and put them in the cup, etc. I love toys that can be used in many, many ways and this one fits the bill! So many great uses!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon February 2, 2015
 My daughter loves the 50 counting bears and she is only 18 months. PLEASE KNOW THIS TOY IS NOT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3 YEARS PER PACKAGE RECCOMENDATIONS. I have used this with my daughter to learn colors,counting, & sorting. She has already learned the colors blue & purple, she has also learned how to sort them in their particular color coded cups. PLEASE KNOW THAT I DID SUPERVISE HER CLOSELY & ALSO STORED THEM AWAY SAFELY AFTER WE USED THEM. That is just a quick tip for us parents who are deciding to get one of these. Also, if you have older children & younger children under 3 I would keep an eye on them closely as these can get easily lost or fall on the ground unoticed.Now that I have gotten that out of the way, my nieces & nephews ranging from 3 to 10 years old love the counting bears. It is a big hit in my household great for making learning colors,counting,learning patterns, & sorting soo much fun. They are well made & are very durable, the cups are sturdy & will hold up for a long time. I would highly reccomend these for parents who are looking to teach their kids these skills. Even the kids that know their colors & counting still love to play with this. Great educational toy & the colors are vibrant making it interesting for the kids to learn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
I started using these for sorting and counting, but there are lots of free resources on blogs that you can print off to go with the bears. I also like the size of these bears.
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful
My almost four-year-old loves to sort and count so I thought these would make a nice stocking stuffer for her this year. I didn't expect them to be her favorite present because I knew she would be getting flashier, larger toys, but I thought that after things had calmed down I could set her up with them at the table and she'd enjoy sorting the bears into cups. Unfortunately, the first of cups broke before she even got to play with them at all. She had taken them out of the packages and looked them over before (as expected) getting distracted by a different toy, so I picked them up and put them in the box with her puzzles and other toys that contain small pieces. A few days later when I went to get them out I discovered that the blue cup was cracked all the way down the side. I know she hadn't played with them for more than a few minutes that first day, and for them to break that quickly is really disappointing. They are about the thickness of those plastic cups that come with some egg dying kits. I can't help but think that they could've invested in somewhat stronger/thicker plastic in order to make these toys durable. I'll probably replace the blue cup with a small drinking cup and hopefully she'll still get some use out of the set, but I wouldn't advise buying this particular sorting set due to how easily this one became damaged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
I bought these for my 2 year old daughter as one of her birthday/ Christmas gifts & let me tell you, I was very iffy at first. After all, it's just some cups and some colored bears, right? ;p Well guess what? That is actually the beauty of this toy! There are no flashing lights, electronic buttons or anything of that sort. It's just this and your child's imagination, with unlimited open ended play potential. And of course, the opportunity to learn colors, numbers, patterns, etc. while playing.

If you don't think your kid will sit still to hear you say "yellow... red... blue" that's okay. At first my daughter just had a blast by filling the cups and dumping them all out! Playing and working on those fine motor skills ;) She'd laugh and scream and think it was the funniest thing ever to dump them all out and that's okay because there are no rules. We'd pick them all up and do it again. "Ooops, you have some more left. One, two, three! Oh look, here's a blue one by your feet." All subtle ways for them to learn while playing.

If you're unsure about this toy, I highly recommend it! When my daughter sees these cups comes out she always gets happy, smiles and either claps or screams!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
I bought this to use with a set of "Counting Bears" worksheets that I bought at a thrift store. The item arrived as pictured, with 50 bears (10 bears and a one color coordinated cup in each of the five colors: red, blue, green, yellow and purple). The cups are sturdy and stackable. My kids (ages 2 & 4) love to play with them and we use them for counting, sorting, basic math and even some supervised free play. I rated this at 4 instead of 5 stars because it lacks a durable storage bag/box and also because it had a very strong, unpleasant odor when I opened the bag. However, the smell did go away after about 48 hours. Please note that there are other counting bear products out there that are different. These bears are all one size (1" tall) and are a very hard plastic with lots of texture. (The others I have seen at our local library have graduated sizes and have a smoother, softer surface.) Also, for parents of young children, please note that these are very small and may be appealing to little ones to put in their mouths. Overall, I'd say these are a great product at a fair price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2007
This is a great toy to teach colors, numbers and counting. My son loves it! Would recommend this to anyone wanting a fun and educational game.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
spend the extra money and buy the learning resources sorting bears. They are better quality.
If you child has any sensory issues, these are not the bears for you. They are very rough on the sides.
The learning resouces are more like rubber and very smooth. These were a cheap china plastic.
Not worth your money.
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