Hey teachers! Making math fun for students can be a game-changer, literally. In this blog post, we're diving into the world of skip counting games. These games aren't just about learning times tables; they also help kids get comfy with numbers. Get ready to discover some cool and easy skip counting games that will bring a smile to your students' faces while they learn.
Create a hopscotch board with numbers written in each square. Have the child skip count as they hop through the board.
You can create one giant hopscotch for counting by 5s, one for counting by 2s, and so on!
Number Line Jump
Use a large number line on the floor and have the child jump to every second, third, or fourth number, depending on the skip counting pattern.
Fun idea: You can also give students little figurines and have them jump across the number lines on their desk.
Skip Counting Games The Whole Class Will Love: Knockout
2 teams face off to be the first player to answer the math face on their side correctly! Slides contain surprises like Knockout, Free Pass, and Pick a Pal, making this one exciting game that students will beg to play!
Skip Counting Games for Music Class: Musical Chairs Counting
Place chairs in a circle with numbers attached. Play music while children walk around the chairs.
When the music stops, call out “count by ___” and they must skip count to determine which chair to sit in.
Skip Counting Games That Feel Like the Carnival: Bean Bag Toss
Label buckets or hoops with numbers in a skip-counting pattern. Have the child toss bean bags into the correct buckets while skip counting.
You can create multiple sets of buckets to focus on different skip-counting patterns (2s, 5s, etc.)
Skip Counting Games That Will Feel Like a Party: Counting by Twos Balloon Pop
Write numbers on balloons in a sequence of twos. Have the child pop the balloons in order while skip counting by twos.
If you can't pop balloons (I personally loathe the sound), then ask students to race to find the balloon that is next in the counting sequence).
Skip Counting Scavenger Hunt
Hide objects around the room with numbers written on them. The child must find the objects and skip count to determine the order.
Alternatively, hang a list at the front of the room with each object pictured along with its number. Students can find the items in that order and record on their sheets.
Partner Skip-Counting Games: Counting by Fives Tic-Tac-Toe
Create a tic-tac-toe grid with numbers in a skip-counting pattern of fives. Players must correctly skip count to earn their spot on the board.
Tip: Keep a pile of nickels to incorporate other skills and also give students an item to manipulate.
Another Whole-Class Game
Skip Counting Bingo: Create Bingo cards with numbers in a skip counting pattern. Call out numbers, and players mark the corresponding numbers on their cards.
So, there you have it, teacher pals! Skip counting games aren't just any games – they're secret weapons for making math awesome. As we wrap up, remember: learning math doesn't have to be a snooze-fest. By adding these skip counting games to your toolbox, you're not just teaching multiplication; you're turning math into a fun adventure. Keep making learning fun and watch those math worries fade away!
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