SKIP COUNTING GAMES AND RHYMES
Skip counting is an activity that helps children to learn their
multiplication facts. Here are some songs, rhymes, and games you can
learn with your children to make skip counting more fun. Then you can help them
make up their own songs and rhymes.
Using the blocks build a rectangle with a width or over-distance equal to
the number you wish to skip count. (In
the example below, we are skip counting threes.)
Then count the individual units in the rectangle, starting at the bottom
left and working towards the top right. Next
count each unit again, emphasizing the number to be skip counted.
For example: one, two, THREE, four, five, SIX, etc. (Say every third
number louder than the other numbers). Gradually
say the skip counted numbers louder and louder and the other numbers softer and
softer until you can only hear the skip counted numbers.
Increase the speed of counting until the child finally counts entirely in
a skip count mode. It also helps to
clap on the loud (skip counted) numbers. The
last step is to find the amount of the rectangle by just counting the
"over" dimension of the rectangle and multiplying it by the
3 times 5 = 15
Tell the children to watch what you can do. On the table or floor in front of you, begin stacking the
pink three-bars one by one as you say this rhyme:
3, 6, 9, 12, Put some more on the shelf;
15, 18, 21, 24, Give me 27 more.
Ask the children, "Who can do that just like I
did?" Then let the children
take turns stacking the three-bars, making sure that they say the rhyme (skip
count) as they stack. Then try
stacking other size blocks, skip counting as you go.
Use the rhymes here or make up some of your own.
Note: If you are working on
a carpeted floor, it helps to first place a book, red hundred-square (smooth
side up), or other smooth, flat object on the floor.
FOUND A PENNY
(COUNTING BY FOURS)
4, 8, 12, 16, 20, I just found a brand new penny.
24, 28, It was by the gate.
32, 36, Under some big sticks.
40, 44, Now I'm off to the store.
(COUNTING BY SEVENS)
7, 14, 21, Playing football sure is fun.
28, 35, 42, I missed a pass -- oh, FOO!
49, 56, 63, Our team got a
(COUNTING BY EIGHTS)
and your child can act out this rhyme as you say it, using the child's name in
the blank. Two children could also act it out together
8, 16, 24, Someone's knocking at the door.
32, 40, 48, ____________ wants to celebrate..
56, 64, 72, Come on in and "How do ya
BUILDING A GATE
4, 8, 12, Here comes good ole Melve.
16, 20, 24, Now he's knocking at the door.
28, 32, 36, He brought some big sticks.
40, 44, 48, Guess what -- He's built a gate!
5, 10, 15, 20, Makes two tens, that's not plenty,
25, 30, 35, 40, Four tens now, and 45 is shorty.