Do you need skip counting games for the classroom? These no-prep games help children learn to count by 2’s all the way to the 15’s.
I’m not sure why we were talking about feet, but with three boys in my home, we have some pretty wired conversations.
I’m standing in the middle of the living room floor with my arms full of laundry and we are studying each other’s feet. I listened to my four-year-old discuss each family members feet in detail, why that is fascinating I don’t know, but through the comical dissertation, a math question popped into my head.
When the little guy finished describing, I asked him how many feet are in our family. Most four-year-olds would have counted each foot, but my little man surprised me. He started counting by twos, putting up a finger until he was holding up six fingers.
With his cute lopsided smile, that said he was quite proud of himself, he answered, “Twelve.”
How did my silly little four-year-old answer this word problem?
Simple, he has learned to skip count.
This is day one in my five day series on skip counting. You can get the other posts here.
How we Have Learned to Skip Count
For the last year, our morning homeschool routine has consisted of singing skip counting songs. As the TV raps out counting songs for 2’s, 6’s and even 9’s my home is filled with laughter. my four-year-old is adding his own silly movements with his often clumsy dancing feet. My five year old shouts out the words in his off-tune voice, and in the midst of it the twins are swinging their chubby little arms. My heart fills with joy as I see my blessings singing, dancing, and learning.
They love this time, and I love seeing them begin to use their skip counting knowledge as we explore math. My preschooler or my kindergartener do not know that they are multiplying when they solve a problem using skip counting, but that is what they are doing. Already at this young age, they are developing the schema to master the dreaded multiplication facts.
I’ve also worked with 4th and 5th graders who can not for the life of them remember their facts, but they can remember the words to a song and fully engage in games. Instead of shoving math facts down them, I’ve taught them to skip count through games and songs. They may not be able to do their multiplication as fast as the student next to them, but they can do it. That is what is important.
Extra Practice for Those Who Don’t Love Songs
My kiddos love to sing, and we sing a lot!! But some kids don’t enjoy music….but most love to play games. So, I decided to create some simple, quick games that I could just pull out and work on mastering skip counting.
Prep – Work for Skip Counting Games for the Classroom
These games are truly easy math games.
- Print off the game board you need.
- Gather up a die and game markers.
Honbay 80pcs Multi-Color Plastic Pawns Pieces for Board Games, Tabletop Markers Component100 White Dice – 16mm by MarionNeenah Bright White Cardstock, 8.5”x11”, 65lb/176 gsm, Bright White, 75 Sheets (90905)
How to Play
There is one board game for the numbers 2 – 15. Each game board is exactly alike, except for the numbers.
The children roll the die and move around the board saying the numbers. As they get to the space where a monster has munched on a number they must say the missing number.
If they can say it, they may continue moving up the spaces they rolled.
If they forget what comes next, they lose their turn and must return to where they started on that turn.
I hope you enjoy playing this as much as we have, and that it will help your child be successful at multiplication. You never know when they will have the need to count some feet!
You may also like this activity from The Measured Mom.