Today I created a bear color graph activity for you. The activity consists of 3 simple components, but your kids can use the set in a variety of ways.
I have posted the bear color graph activity as a freebie in my TPT store. So, the first thing that you need to do is head over there to download the document. The activity contains three pages. There is a color graph and a printable spinner. Also, if you don’t have plastic counting bears, I have included a page of printable bears that you can use instead.
You can complete the spinner with a 4″ plastic spinner attachment, or you use a brad and paper clip. If you want to see how I make spinners, check out this article. Now that you have everything ready, let me show you a few ways that you can use the bear color graph.
Sorting by Color
For this activity, each child will need one color graph and a container of counting bears (or a pile of printable bears) Kids should take the bears out of the container and place them in the matching color column on the graph. Kids can practice naming each color.
- How many red bears are on the graph?
- How many total bears on on the graph?
Race to the Top
Each child will need one spinner and one color graph for this activity. Children should spin the spinner to determine which color to add to their graph. Each child should continue spinning and adding bears to the graph until one color column has been filled.
- Which color did you predict would win? Was your prediction correct?
- Which color had the next highest number of bears on the graph?
- How many more bears would you need to add to that color to fill the column?
- Did any of the colors have equal numbers?
- Which color did you spin the fewest times?
Bear Color Graph Game
This activity will be great for 2-4 players. Each child will need a color graph and a container of bears. You will need 1 spinner per group of children. Each child takes a turn spinning the spinner and adding the matching color of bear to his or her graph. The first child with a column filled is the winner.
A Handful of Bears
This is my favorite activity. It is so simple and it can generate so many questions to get your kiddos thinking. Each child should take a random handful of bears from a container and sort the bears on his or her color graph.
- Which column has the most bears?
- Which column has the least bears?
- How many more red bears do you need to complete the column?
- How many blue bears do you need to equal the quantity of yellow bears?
- Plus you can ask kids to compare their graph with a friend’s graph.
When I created the graph and spinner I made them to be very generic so that you can use them with counters other than just bears. If have kids who are animal lovers, you can use farm animal counters. If you want to use this activity as part of a transportation unit, you can use transportation counters. If you are reading Corduroy, you can use red, blue, yellow, and green buttons. Use your imagination.
If you are looking for additional bear activities, I do have some in my TPT store. Click the pictures below to check them out.
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