As educators, we understand the value of engaging classroom resources that seamlessly integrate into your lesson plans. Designed specifically for kindergarten students, this skip counting by 2s and skip counting by 5s pack offers easy-prep materials perfect for morning work or center activities. Dive in to explore these free printable interactive skip counting puzzles, an excellent way to add a touch of fun into your kindergarten math games basket.

– Life Over C's child putting together a skip counting by 5's puzzle with the picture of two children boy and girl on a sled wearing winter clothes.
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Materials for Winter Skip Counting Puzzles:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter

What is the Definition of Skip Counting?

Skip counting is the practice of counting by a specific number or multiples of that number, skipping over the intermediate numbers.

Skip counting involves recognizing and understanding patterns in numbers. This skill is fundamental math skill and is applied to various mathematical concepts and problem-solving situations.

What Ages Should be Doing Skip Counting?

By 2nd grade, students should demonstrate fluency in skip counting by common numbers, including 2s, 5s, 10s, and potentially 3s and 4s. They should be able to recognize patterns easily and apply skip counting in both forward and backward sequences.

What Other Skills Does Skip Counting Help With?

Fluency in skip counting serves as a foundational skill for understanding many math concepts as kids progress through the stages of learning, such as:

  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Pattern Recognition

How do you teach skip counting patterns?

Teaching skip counting patterns to kindergarteners and 1st graders requires a combination of hands-on activities, visual aids, and repetitive practice to solidify understanding.

  1. Start with Visual Aids: Utilize number charts, number lines, or colorful counters to visually represent the counting sequence. Displaying numbers in a linear or circular format helps students visualize the pattern.
  2. Use Rhymes and Songs: Incorporate catchy rhymes or songs that follow the counting sequence. This auditory repetition aids in memory retention and makes learning enjoyable.
  3. Hands-on Activities: Engage students with hands-on activities like using beads, blocks, or other manipulatives to physically count and group numbers. This tactile experience reinforces the pattern and enhances comprehension.
  4. Interactive Games: Introduce counting games or digital apps that focus on skip counting. Games provide a fun and interactive way for kindergarteners to practice and internalize the counting sequence.
  5. Repetitive Practice: Encourage consistent practice through daily exercises, worksheets, free skip counting puzzles such as our winter counting puzzles, or morning routines. The more students practice, the more confident and proficient they become in recognizing and continuing patterns.

By incorporating these strategies into your teaching approach, you’ll create a dynamic and engaging learning environment that empowers kindergarteners to master skip counting patterns effectively.

– Life Over C's horizontal image with photo of a child's hands putting together a line up skip counting puzzle with the picture of a girl in winter hat, gloves and ice skates with skip counting numbers by 5s.

Is skip counting multiplying?

Skip counting involves recognizing and following specific number patterns where you consistently add a particular digit to arrive at the next number in the sequence. While it may seem similar to multiplication since you’re determining the next number by adding multiples of a specific digit, it primarily focuses on identifying multiples in a sequential order from any given starting number.

Understanding these number patterns helps learners anticipate the next number in the sequence by recognizing the consistent addition of the same digit or multiples, laying a foundational understanding for more complex mathematical concepts in the future, like multiplication tables.

Why is skip counting difficult?

Skip counting can be tricky for young learners because they are just beginning to gain number sense and the basic sequence of numbers. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t introduce it early, though, to start building a really strong foundation of number sequence and counting fluency.

  • Start with Counting by Tens: Begin by introducing the concept of skip counting through 10s, as it provides a foundational understanding of multiples and patterns.
  • Emphasize Hands-on Learning: Incorporate tactile activities such as using beads, blocks, or number charts to allow students to physically engage with and visualize the counting sequence.
  • Progressively Introduce Other Multiples: Once comfortable with counting by tens, gradually introduce other multiples (like fives or twos) using interactive games, songs, or visual aids to reinforce patterns and enhance retention.
  • Differentiate: Kids that master skip counting by 10s, 5s, and 2s in a forward direction can try backward skip counting. Or, given a random number, challenge them to forward skip count or identify what the previous number would be.
– Life Over C's horizontal image with photo of a child putting together a skip counting by 5's puzzle with the picture of two children boy and girl on a sled wearing winter clothes.

To prep this fun game, just print the puzzles on card stock and/or laminate them for durability. If you are only going to use them one time you could probably get away without the card stock and laminating, but if you want to use them multiple times, you will definitely want to make them more durable.

Another fun way to practice is to tape or glue the poster puzzles into notebook like an interactive math journal. Then it becomes an easy reference.

– Life Over C's horizontal image with photo of a child putting together a disassembled skip counting by 5's puzzle with the picture of two children boy and girl on a sled wearing winter clothes.

For an extra challenge you can mix multiple counting puzzles together and have your students sort them while they put them together.

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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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3 Comments

  1. This is an amazing site. All the activities are wonderful and the language used to explain games and activities is simple and easy to understand.

  2. Hi! I found you over at the Mom’s Library. We make educational music and have done several skip counting songs, so your post certainly caught my eye. Great printable idea for skip counting..

    Stephanie