This week, we played with our frog and bear counters to practice color and size sorting! Sorting and separating rainbow counters or rainbow bear counters helps preschoolers with color and shape discrimination, and playing with physical counters or beads encourages fine motor skills development.

Practice sorting by color with rainbow counters for a hands-on mathematical thinking activity for preschool. Bear counters and frog counters free printable is included!The ones I have are also beads, so my daughter loves stringing them into a necklace. This week, we took turns making a pond full of colorful lily pads that needed the right colored frogs on them.Strawberry asked to practice color and size sorting again and again!

Color and Size Sorting with Frog Counters

Color sorting is the most obvious way to sort for a preschooler. We’ve already matched colorful shoes along with Pete the Cat!

As I presented the different colored “lily pads” for my daughter to sort the frogs onto, she quickly got in to the challenge. I think I’ll include this in the Rainbow Busy Box next time I set it up for my little one.

Practice sorting by color with rainbow counters for a hands-on mathematical thinking activity for preschool. Bear counters and frog counters free printable is included!

Once I pointed out the differences in sizes, Strawberry also loved sorting them out by size. Because of her creative mind, small and medium became “babies” and “big brothers and sisters,” and the large frogs were the mamas and papas.

We played with our rainbow frogs to practice color and size sorting! A free printable is included for both frogs (lily pads) and bears (caves).

Strawberry loved to put the mamas and babies together. I had to make larger sized lily pads so the whole family could live together in our room-sized pond.

My son wanted to play too, but he wanted to incorporate a game in to our color and size sorting. Strawberry insisted it be her Christmas present game: Spot It! Alphabet. Whenever we would find a “letter match” in the Spot It! Alphabet game, we’d find a frog to return to his home (i.e., his lily pad)! It was a fun way to incorporate the frog sorting in to yet another learning game.

Find Counters for Rainbow Counters Sorting

As I said, I love these frogs. I believe Learning Resources stopped making the frogs, as I can only refer you to them secondhand on Amazon and elsewhere.

However, so if you are looking for some small rainbow fun, you can also play with the Learning Resources Three Bear Family Rainbow Counters or any other animal counters.

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In the size and color matching printable available in the VIP Resource Library I have included caves as well as the lily pads so the bear “families” can also have fun playing!

Practice sorting by color with rainbow counters for a hands-on mathematical thinking activity for preschool. Bear counters and frog counters free printable is included!Here are some other amazing rainbow counters!

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Upper Level Ideas for Frog or Bear Counters

For my son, I also made some simple pattern cards to use with the rainbow frogs. Patterning is an important skill for developing mathematical thinking skills and critical thinking in general.

Again, bears or any other rainbow counters would work well with these same cards! You can get the pattern cards in my TPT store or my shop.

Here are other ideas for using rainbow counters with other kids:

  • one-to-one correspondence
  • addition
  • subtraction
  • greater than/less than (compare numbers of frogs on lily pads or in the caves)
  • multiplication (make equal groups of the frogs)
  • division (how many frogs per lily pad if you make equal groups)

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Get More Rainbow Counter Activity Ideas

See more rainbow counter activities below!
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Rainbow Chain Link Toddler Color Matching from Sugar Aunts
Graphing with Rainbow Bears from Still Playing School
Rainbow Bears Preschool Letter Cards from Learning 2 Walk
Size Order Rainbow Bear Cards from Life Over C’s
Alphabet Formation Compare Bears from Adventures of Adam
Size and Color Sorting {Learning with Rainbow Bears} from Squiggles and Bubbles
Animal Counters Sensory Bin & Color Sort from Raising Little Superheroes
Color Graphing with Rainbow Bears from Schooltime Snippets
Rainbow Bears Sensory Bin from Something 2 Offer
Counting More or Less with Farm Animal Rainbow Counters from Stir the Wonder
Rainbow Bears Addition Cards from The Kindergarten Connection
Measuring with Rainbow Bears from Mom Inspired Life
Numbers and Colors Grid Game from Little Bins for Little Hands
Transportation Math: Sorting, Counting, and Patterning by Still Playing School
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  1. I can’t figure out how to get this and print it out.
    This is what I’d like Color and Size Sorting with Frog Counters. Can you assist me?

  2. Love those frog counters! Such a fun manipulative to use to learn different learning concepts!

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