Skip counting ideas and activities for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade math class.

If you teach 1st or 2nd grade you’ve probably spent a lot more time skip counting than the average person off the street. Â It’s one of those things that kids need a lot of short, frequent practice with. Â  If the thought of counting by 5s one more time makes your want to poke your eyes out, this list is for you! Â Spice it up with one of these ideas:

Skip Counting Hand Print Chart from Mrs. Arnold’s class

I love this colorful and concrete representation of skip counting by 5s.

Students type “2+2=” into their calculator and record the result. Â Then they continue to type “+2=” and record the sequence that they generate. Â Click through to Cara’s blog to pick up free printables for this activity.

Skip Counting Hopscotch from Playdough to Plato

A great way for kids to burn off extra energy and practice skip counting in a kinesthetic way!

Skip Counting Cards by Activity Village

Mix the cards up and challenge students to put them back in order. Â Click through for lots of other ideas and free printable cards.

Color Patterns on a Hundreds Chart

Skip counting while coloring in numbers on a hundreds chart helps students visualize and internalize the patterns. Â Make big versions to keep up on the wall. Â You can use them when counting nickels, dimes, minutes on the clock, etc. Â Click the link above to check out my skip counting hundreds chart activity in my TpT store.

Counting Routines

This is a quick and easy number sense routine that you can throw in anywhere you have an extra few minutes. Â Have your students stand in a circle. Â Decide what number you’re starting with and what number you’re going to skip by. Â Go around the circle with one student at a time saying a number. Â Try counting forward and backward, starting and different numbers, and making different size skips. Â Click the link to read about how to set the behavior expectation for this activity.

Skip Counting Lacing Plates from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

These skip counting lacing plates would make a great math center activity. Â Click through to see how the plates are made to be self-checking on the back side.

Connect to Time and Money

Give meaning and purpose to skip counting by connecting it to real life applications. Â Counting by 15s and 25s is not in the Common Core math standards but both skills are useful and worth your time to address. Â Click the link or the picture to get this anchor chart for FREE.

Number Bubble Computer Game from ABCya

In this simple computer game, kids fill in a skip counting number line by popping bubbles with the correct number. Â In bonus rounds, kids pop number bubbles in the correct order.

Mr. R’s Skip Counting Songs

It’s amazing how songs can help kids remember things when nothing else works! Â Mr. R has lots of songs for skip counting patterns.

Skip Counting Books

*How Many Feet in the Bed? by: Diane Johnston Hamm – Counting feet by 2 as more family members get in bed.

*100th Day Worries by: Margery Cuyler – Jessica collects items 10 at a time for her class’s 100th day of school celebration.

*One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab by: April Pulley Sayre – Count the feet of things at the beach using skip counting.

*What Comes in 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s? by: Suzanne Aker – Lots of great examples of things that come in sets of 2, 3, and 4.

*One Hundred Hungry Ants by: Elinor J Pinczes – One hundred ants traveling to a picnic decide to would be faster to march in two rows of fifty, then four rows of twenty-five and other arrangements.

*Toasty Toes by: Michael Dahl – Counting toes on the beach by 10.

*Spunky Monkeys on Parade by: Stuart J Murphy – Count monkeys by 2, 3, and 4 as the parade goes by.

*Leaping Lizards by: Stuart J Murphy – Lizards arrive for a show in groups of five and ten.

Skip Counting Mazes from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Skip Counting Dot to Dots

Try a freebie HERE, or the full product HERE

I’ve never seen students so excited to practice math as when I first used a skip counting dot-to-dot. Â These were a favorite with my 2nd graders.

Skip Counting Pattern Shapes from Kids Activities Blog

Write the numbers from zero to nine in a circle on the ground or a piece of paper. Â Start at zero and connect the numbers as you skip count. Â In the picture above the girl is skip counting by two. Â After the number eight she connects the line back to zero because zero is in the one’s place of the number 10. Â Kids keep tracing around the shape and the number they land on gives them the one’s place they need. Â Click through to get a FREE printable.

Skip Counting Puzzles from Life Over Cs

Kids put the strips in order using skip counting to make a winter themed picture. Â Click through to download four winter-themed skip counting puzzles for free.

Phew! Â That’s a lot of great ideas! Â I hope you found something useful! Â For more great math ideas, follow along on Pinterest:

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Hannah Braun
Hannah Braun is a former teacher with 8 years of experience in the classroom and a master's degree in early childhood education. She designs engaging, organized classroom resources for 1st-3rd grade teachers.