Do your children love puzzles? Then these skip counting puzzles are a wonderful way to practice skip counting and build some schema for multiplication times tables.
Puzzles are a lot of fun! We have had some fun family time putting together puzzles. They can challenge our little ones, and help them practice problem solving skills and fine motor skills!
These puzzles provide an extra punch though. They get children practicing their skip counting skills too.
This is day two of my five-day series on skip counting. You can get the other posts here.
Prep – Work
Prepping for this activity, unfortunately, has a lot of cutting.
- First, print off on card stock paper
- Next, cut out all the puzzle pieces.
- To help keep them organized I placed each puzzle in a ziplock bag and labeled it. Then all the puzzles went into a large ziplock bag.
- Finally, grab the puzzles that focus on the numbers you are working on…and have fun putting together puzzles with your kiddos.
How to Use Skip Counting Puzzles
If you are just beginning your journey into skip counting, then you may want to start here. Begin by handing the child one puzzle. Then work together to help them put it together.
If they are learning a song, sing the song over and over as they are putting it together.
Let’s say you are working this puzzle then you would sing the four’s song or speak it and then stop at 48. Your child would then say or sing the number that comes next. Next, they would find it and add it to the puzzle.
You would once again sing or say the four’s until you got to 52, and then your child would say 56 and add that to the puzzle. Not only are they working on number recognition, but they are hearing and saying their skip counting song over and over…..which we know some kiddos need.
A little harder:
If your children or students in your class are getting pretty good at skip counting, then you definitely want to move to this step.
As a review, hand to the child two or three puzzles and mix them up. Then have them sort the numbers and put the puzzles together.
Many children that have number sense and understand ordering numbers, could put together one puzzle just by placing the numbers in order. In this case, they are practicing ordering numbers and not skip counting. But if they have two puzzles in front of them, now they have to know which numbers are multiples of 2 and which are multiples of three before they can put them together.
Whichever way you choose, I hope you and your little ones enjoy working the skip counting puzzles and building up some extra multiplication schema.
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