Today I literally had children swinging from a vine! Well, at least that’s what it was in their imaginations! We did a jungle themed skip counting activity today and it was a definite hit!

In early math education, skip counting is a tool to make numbers more engaging and approachable for young learners. free printable jungle theme skip counting activity, offers an engaging way to practice skip counting by 2’s with your children. Kids can explore skip counting while getting this wiggles out with a fun gross motor math activity.

– Life Over C's jungle theme skip counting gross motor game

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Materials for the Jungle Skip Counting Game

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter
  • Burlap Ribbon
  • Green Construction Paper

What is Skip Counting?

Skip Counting with Kids

Skip counting is a method of counting that involves moving by a specific number other than 1. Instead of counting one by one, we skip over certain numbers. For example, counting by twos would be 2, 4, 6, 8, and so on. It’s like creating a rhythm in counting that helps children understand numerical patterns.

Why is Skip Counting Important?

So, why is skip counting so important? Skip counting serves as a bridge between basic counting and more complex mathematical concepts like multiplication. By mastering skip counting, children not only become more fluent in counting, but they also develop a deeper understanding of number relationships and sequences.

Relationship to Multiplication

As children master skip counting, they pave the way for understanding multiplication as repeated addition, unveiling the magic behind these interconnected mathematical concepts.

At What Age Do Kids Start to Learn Skip Counting?

Developmental Milestones for Math Readiness

Understanding when a child is developmentally ready for skip counting is crucial to introducing this mathematical skill effectively. Developmental milestones vary among children, but generally, the readiness for skip counting becomes evident around the ages of 4 to 6 years old. Several key developmental milestones signal a child’s preparedness for this captivating mathematical adventure.

Number Recognition:

  • Before skip counting, children should have a solid grasp of basic number recognition. They should comfortably identify and understand the sequence of numbers up to at least 20.

Counting Fluency:

  • In order to skip count, kids should show proficiency in counting by ones. Skip counting builds upon this foundation, making it essential for children to be able to count forwards and, to some extent, backwards with ease.

Understanding One-to-One Correspondence:

  • A vital step to skip counting is the ability to understand one-to-one correspondence, associating each number with a single object. This foundational skill ensures that skip counting remains a meaningful and accurate process.

Try these monkey themed one-to-one correspondence activities:

Interest in Patterns:

  • Children who demonstrate an interest in identifying and creating patterns show a natural inclination towards skip counting. Recognizing and creating patterns is a key element in mastering skip counting as it involves repeating sequences.

Need to work a little more on patterns? Try these differentiated zoo animal pattern activities:

Basic Addition Awareness:

  • While skip counting is not the same as addition, an awareness of basic addition concepts can be beneficial. Skip counting prepares the groundwork for understanding multiplication, making a basic awareness of addition a valuable asset.

How to Make the Jungle Skip Counting Activity for Kids

This jungle theme skip counting activity is a fun way to get the wiggles out and build math skills at the same time. 

Materials Needed

Gather the materials required for the jungle-themed activity, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable learning experience.

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Rope
  • Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Instructions for Using the Jungle Theme Printable

Step 1: 

To create this jungle-themed skip counting activity, print the skip counting pages and optionally laminate them for durability.

Step 2: 

Position the trees on the floor in a way that the consecutive numbers are not directly in order, but still don’t require a significant leap.

Step 3: 

Assembling the monkey mask is a straightforward process. Simply cut out the head and eyes, punch holes into the ears, and then attach a thin elastic to create the headband, to make sure the mask stays in place.

Step 4: 

Let your ‘little monkeys’ hop through the skip counting jungle in number order to skip count by 2s

Step 5: 

Optional: Create a jungle vine by attaching a rope or large ribbon to the ceiling. Decorate the ‘vine’ with construction paper leaves.

– Life Over C's jungle skip counting by 2s

More Ways to Practice Skip Counting with Kids:

Skip counting doesn’t just have to be a ‘math time’ activity. 

Educators and parents can seamlessly integrate this skill into early education using various strategies:

Incorporate Skip Counting Songs:

  • Use skip counting songs and rhymes that make learning fun and memorable. Music engages children and helps them internalize the patterns associated with skip counting.

Visual Aids and Manipulatives:

  • Introduce visual aids, such as our bunny number lines, charts, and manipulatives like counters or blocks to create a tangible connection between numbers and counting in multiples.

Storytelling and Games:

  • Integrate skip counting into storytelling and games to make it a playful and interactive experience. Associating skip counting with enjoyable activities enhances engagement and understanding.

Real-Life Examples:

  • Use real-life examples that resonate with children. For instance, if counting by twos, relate it to pairs of shoes or counting by fives to fingers on one hand. This connects skip counting to everyday experiences.

Peer Interaction:

  • Encourage group activities where children can interact with peers to reinforce skip counting concepts. Group participation not only makes learning social but also provides additional support and encouragement.

Skip counting is not just a routine exercise; it’s a important skill that lays the groundwork for various mathematical concepts and enriches their overall learning experience.

Grab the jungle skip counting printable below to get your kids excited about skip counting today!

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– Life Over C's jungle theme skip counting gross motor game
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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