One of our favourite themes from last winter’s virtual book club for kids was bears – we created a fun way using bear paws to learn to read and spell names. This year we are revisiting the theme of bears and the featured book Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson with a really easy hands-on maths activity for ordering and sorting using some of the bears from the soft toy collection. So here it is our Bear Ordering and Sorting Activity perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Don’t forget to check down to the end of the instructions where we will share some additional activities that will work with Bear Stays Up for Christmas.

Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.

Bear Stays Up for Christams by Karma Wilson

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We have chosen the featured book Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson for our Storybook Advent. As you go through the story you find the bear trying to stay up for Christmas with the help of his friends as they enjoy lots of the Christmas Themed Activities that you own kids will enjoy.

Why not re-tell this story by making a hibernation play mat and using a toy bear and other animals.

Materials needed for Teddy Bear Ordering and Sorting

A selection of bears from the soft toy collection to do this on a large scale…

OR you could use a set of bear family counters which come in different colours and sizes and would be ideal to use if you wanted to set this up in a math centre.

Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to sort objects into different Categories e.g. size, colour, shape
  • To be able to order objects smaller to largest and largest to smallest

More Activities that work on these Learning Outcomes on different themes

Acorn Ordering and Sorting

Dinosaur Ordering and Sorting

Stick Ordering and Sorting

How to go about Ordering and Sorting Teddy Bears with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Once you have a collection of bears you can start to sort them into groups first of all.

Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.

Look at the bears you have and make a decision on what sort of grouping you could have we went with

Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.

  • By size
  • Type of fur
  • Colour of fur
  • Whether or not they had clothes or not

Move the teddies into the different sorts – if you want to get your kids active at the same time why not position some hula hoops and ask your child/children to go and place the bears in the groupings inside the hoops.

Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.

With the bears sorted as many ways as possible it’s time to order them – ask the children for ways in which you could order them

Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.

 

  • size – big to small
  • size – small to big
  • colours of the rainbow
  • from dark to light
  • old to new
  • new to old

Then order them placing first where they think they should go and then moving them into different places until they have the ordered correctly.

Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.

More Bear Stays Up for Christmas Activities for Kids

Christmas STEAM activity inspired by Bear Stays Up Late for Christmas by Karma Wilson to create a standing bear using pulley.
Bear Stays up for Christmas Montessori Inspired 3 Part Cards and some simple activity suggestions to use them with your preschoolers
Gross and Large Motor Activities for Kids inspired by the book Bear Stay Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
small world snowy and winter inspired by bear stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Help the Bear Stay Up for Christmas with this fun STEAM activity for Kids.

Download and print our FREE 3-Part Montessori Inspired Bear Stays Up for Christmas Cards and use with some of the suggested Bear Activities for Preschoolers.

Keep the kids active and moving this Christmas with these Bear Stays Up Gross Motor Activities. Perfect if you are stuck indoors over the winter months.

Get the imagination flowing with this Snowy Invitation to Play Inspired by Bear Stays Up for Christmas.

More Bear Based Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This week’s host and co-hosts have created these additional bear themed activities and crafts for toddlers and preschoolers

Teddy Bear Ordering and Sorting – You Are Here!

Bear Cave Alphabet Game – Inspiration Laboratories

Printable Bear Counting Activity – The Educator’s Spin on It

Bear Snores on Snack Time – My Storytime Corner

Bear Dreamed About Colours, Printable Book to Colour – J Daniel 4’s Mom

Bear Themed Play Dough Mats – Preschool Powol Packets

Hibernating Bear Craft – Still Playing School

Building Shapes and More Bear Themed Learning – Mama Smiles

Easy Paper Bag Bear Mask for Kids to Make – Toddler Approved

Pin this Bear Themed Maths Activity to do later

Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.

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Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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