We have a great counting bears "pre-reading activity & game set." It's called "Three Bear Family Fun" and is made by Learning Resources. It is a whole bunch of plastic bears (maybe 50) in different colors (red, blue, yellow, green) and sizes (papa, mama, baby). With all of the bears comes a book and a plastic activity mat with the bears' house on one side and a game board on the other. The book gives tips on using the set and also tells the story (in 12 stand-alone chapters) of the bear families reunion held at the cottage in the woods. Each "chapter" directs the child to gather certain bears as the main characters for that particular story, tells the story, asks questions about the story, and suggests other activities or other ways of handling the bears. We LOVE our bears. If you do the activities, you use language (the stories) to cover the alphabet, colors, numbers, sorting, sets, and functions. Sometimes the kids don't want to answer the questions in the book, but they love to hear the stories and act them out with the bears, often spinning these out into longer sessions of play with the bear families in the house. Even as they do this, I hear them counting the bears and talking about how many babies there are or that there aren't enough swings for all of the children. We also have a set of bears that snap together and fit into a base so that they become stand-up columns of bears (sort of like three dimensional graphs); I think they came with this set as well. I ordered all of this stuff a while back from some catalog company, but I think Learning Resources has its own website. If not, let me know and I will dig around a little more for you (if you are interested). Sorry this is so long, but, as I said, we LOVE our bears and I can't sing their praises enough.