Skip counting is a fun part of many kindergarten math programs. Many children view skip counting as a game, since it allows them to count to a high number very quickly, as when counting by 10s to 100. Skip counting worksheets are a wonderful way to help children develop strong skip counting abilities, since they present skip counting in a clear way that is easy for children to follow.
Skip counting by 10s is typically the first skip counting children learn. In most cases, children memorize the order of numbers 10, 20, 30, etc. and can recite them easily up to or past 100. To help your child get comfortable skip counting by 10s, and to ensure he understands the concept of skip counting, work through the four skip counting worksheets for each number (10s, 2s, and 5s) in this order:
First, begin with the worksheet that asks him to count the number of items in each column and write that number on the blank line beneath the column. When he has completed the worksheet, he will have written numbers counting by 10 and can recite them in order, as he would when skip counting.
Next, introduce your child to the worksheet that asks him to skip count from 1 to 100, writing in the missing numbers as he goes. This worksheet will reinforce the idea that skip counting allows for quicker counting.
Lastly, introduce the two worksheets that ask your child to begin counting by 10s at various numbers, filling in the missing blanks as he goes. This activity poses the advanced task of skip counting while “counting on” (counting by 10s to a higher number without needing to start at the beginning).
Once your child is able to skip count by 10s, you can introduce skip counting by 2s. I suggest introducing the four “Skip Counting by 2s” worksheets in the same order as that outlined above. As you introduce skip counting by 2s, it may be helpful for you to show your child how to mouth the skipped number without saying it as he counts. For example, direct him to say aloud the number 2, then mouth (without saying) the number 3, then say aloud the number 4, then mouth (without saying) the number 5. This process will show him that he is still counting the skipped numbers, even though he does not say them aloud.
Lastly, you can introduce your child to skip counting by 5s. Introduce the four “Skip Counting by 5s” worksheets in the same order, encouraging your child to first count five of each item and write the correct number before progressing to the worksheets that ask him to count to 100 by 5s or “count on” by 5s.
When your child is comfortable with basic skip counting, you can practice it during everyday experiences and do not need to limit yourself to worksheets. For example, you can practice skip counting when walking to the car or through a store. With each step, say the next number in order, skip counting by 2s, 5s, or 10s.
Or, considering letting your child collect pennies. When he has a large group, ask him to put them into piles of 5 and exchange each group of pennies for a nickel. Then ask him to skip count by 5s to find out how much money he collected. Or, ask your child to collect nickels. When he has a large pile, ask him to put them into groups of two and exchange the nickels for dimes. Then he can count by 10s to see how much money he collected. Explain to your child that using the higher denomination coins such as nickels, dimes, and quarters is like skip counting since you don’t need to count out pennies each time.
Lastly, consider giving your child hugs or kisses in increments of 5 or 10. For example, instead of 2 hugs at bedtime, you can give him 20 hugs - counting by 5s with each hug to reach 20 more quickly.