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Skip Counting: Setting The Scene For Timetables!
Skip counting is one of the first and most valuable strategies your child can learn. Skip counting... the gateway to multiplication.
Skip counting is one of the next valuable skills your child should learn, after mastering the basics.

The basics being, instant number recognition and your child is able to count forward and backwards to 100 with minimal mistakes.

If your child is still having problems with these skills then try StayOnTracks Level 1 worksheets which are aimed at developing this set of skills.


Skip Counting is counting from a number that is not 1. Skip Counting helps your child to

  • Learn their timestables
  • Count things quickly
  • Get better with addition and subtraction

  • When we Skip Count in twos, it looks like this; 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 and so on.

    Now let's look at the two times tables: 2x1=2 2x2=4 2x3=6 2x4=8 2x5=8 2x6=12

    Can you see the pattern?

    That's right- Skip Counting in twos teaches us the answers to the two times tables in the correct order.

    Skip Counting in fives has a lovely pattern: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60

    Skip Counting in tens is like counting from 1 but in leaps or skips of tens: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 50, 70, 80, 90, 100!

    You can use the StayOnTrack free timetables chart (available at www.stayontrack.co.nz under resources) to Skip Count for other numbers.

    For example: 3x Tables: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36!

    Don't forget that it is super important to be able to Skip Count backwards too! This means your child knows their timetables inside and out!


    Don't drop the Ball!
    Have the whole family pass a ball to each other while skip counting, for example, in twos until you reach 100!

    If someone drops the ball you have to start over! See how quickly you can get to 100!

    Whoever is the leader announces starting and finishing numbers and which numbers will be 'buzz'. For example, we might start at 1, finish at 100, and say buzz on numbers that are multiples of 5. Everyone stands in a circle and takes turns to count by ones, but they say buzz instead of the specified numbers. For example, a correct sequence would be "1, 2, 3, 4, buzz, 6, 7, 8, 9, buzz, 11 ...."
    If a student forgets to buzz, they are out of the game. Last one standing wins.

    Bizz Buzz

    This is a variation of Buzz. The rules are the same as for Buzz, but we buzz on some numbers, bizz on others and bizzbuzz when both are required. For example if we are buzzing on multiples of 3 and fizzing on multiples of 10 the correct sequence is "1, 2, buzz, 4, 5, buzz, 7, 8, buzz, bizz, 11, buzz, 13, 14, buzz, 16, 17, buzz ... and bizzbuzz" is said instead of 30.

    Bus Stop
    Players stand/sit in a circle. The object of the game is to skip count in 1s, 2s, or 3s up to 21. It is each players choice how many numbers they choose to say.

    Whoever is forced to say 21 is out.

    Then the next player starts from one again.

    For Example; Player one may say "1,2" Player two "3" Player 3 "4, 5, 6" and so on until someone has to say 21 and be out!
    The object of the game is not to be that person!

    My students and my children love these games, they are lots of fun and produce a lot of laughter.

    For children who are still learning you may want to practice skip-counting before you begin, just to remind them!

    And of course, all these games, should be played counting backwards as well.

    Happy Skipping!

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