|

Skip Counting Game

Learning to count by twos, fives, tens, fifties, and hundreds will make basic arithmetic easier for your child. Before you begin playing, learn the skip-counting jingle and its rhythmic accompaniment:

Directions

(slap knees) (clap hands) (snap left hand) (snap right hand)
Counting, counting, 1, 2, 3.
That's too easy, can't you see?
Count in- stead by twos or threes, or
By the number named by me.
  1. The players sit in a circle on the floor.
  2. To begin, they recite the jingle together while slapping, clapping, and snapping as shown above.
  3. All the players continue to slap, clap, and snap as the first player declares a number to count by (for example, ten).
  4. The player to his left then must say the next number in the series (in this case, twenty).
  5. Play continues around the circle.
  6. Each player must say the next number in the series during one slap-clap-snap-snap pattern.
  7. If a player is stumped or says the wrong number, he must drop out.
  8. To resume the game, the remaining players recite the jingle again and declare a new number.
  9. The last player remaining after all the others have dropped out is the winner.

|

Copyright 2001 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.


highlights

Vote Now for the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards
Voting is open now through May 3 for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards — the only national book awards program where the winning author, illustrator, and books of the year are selected by young readers. Encourage your child to vote for his favorites today!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

Top 10 Math & Science Apps for Your Whiz Kid
Looking for the best math and science apps for kids? Check out these cool apps for all ages, which will grow your child's love of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks