Does anyone have any games that they use to practice skip counting? Right now we are working on skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s and I would love to try something new. These could be whole group games, or games the students could play in pairs or small groups. Thanks!

Here are some simple activities we do either in small or large group. Hopefully I explained them kind of clearly. Hot Potato- a student starts out at a table while we are on the carpet and decided to count to a certain number. You can choose counting by 2's that day or leave it open. While the student is counting, the "hot potato" is being passed around the circle until the counter gets to his/her predetermined number and yells "hot potato!" The child holding the potato joins the counter at the table and chooses a number and they both count to it. We keep going until the table is full of counters. Ball Pass- We sit in a circle and make a guess how high we will get to by the time the ball gets all the way around the circle. We all start skip counting and pass the ball around. Let's say we got to 50, next time we try to go more quickly to get under 40. Pop- I'm sure you've heard of this, have a predetermined number that you will be the "pop" number. Let's say it's 20 if you're counting by 2's. Go around the circle and say the next number, when you get to the child who is supposed to say 20, they say "pop" and jump and sit down. You could keep going until one is standing.

I don't have a game but a song that my kids love. It's the macarena math song by Dr. Jean. You basically count by 1's,2's,5's, and 10's and do the hand motions to the macerena. I'm trying to figure out if it's to the actual tune of the macerena, but I don't think it is... 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12, we can count by 1's 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24, we can count by 2's 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, we can count by 5's 10,20,30,40,50,60,70,80,90,100,110,120, we can count by 10's

Am I allowed to answer my own question? Here's a link to a really cute game: http://fun.familyeducation.com/numbers/activity/37217.html?mail-10-21

ok, i just made this up but here goes.... have all the students stand in a circle on your carpet/whole group area. announce to the s that you are going to count by 2's, 5's, or 10's. explain that you will begin, and then each child will say the next number. they have 3 seconds (or however long you decide) to say the right number. if they get it wrong, they must sit down. you could do multiple rounds (w/different types of counting, of course!) and the last child standing is the 'counting champion.' just a thought! -meri

Thanks for the replies! I really appreciate your help. I have taken note of all the ideas and am combining different aspects from each to make up games that my students will be able to handle. If anyone else has ideas, of course I would still love to hear them!

Count with body parts - eyes for 2s, hands for 5s, a pair of feet for 10s. I have a reproducible of each of them, but you could have the kids draw them, color and cut out. Put them up in the classroom in a line and use them to practice skip counting every day until they get it. If you label them they'll have a reference to look at when they need it.

I love this idea! I'm still working on the concept of skip counting with my kids, so I think this is a great tool to start using