We are a homeschooling family and math is something that I struggled with as a child, I am *so* pleased that my kids are “getting” it! My just-turned 5 year old loves watching patterns emerge, I think most 3-5 year olds enjoy patterns. This **Discovering Math Patterns** activity will help your math-learner, the circles will help you and your child “see” skip-counting. They will learn to guess which number will come next.

*And, they will love to see the shapes emerge as they count.*

There is a feeling of excitement and sense of accomplishment when they figure out what “comes next”.

We practiced our skip counting on paper several times before moving to chalk.

There are a bunch of skip counting songs online that can help your child as you do this activity. Our favorites come from the band, Rocking the Standards. Their Rocking the Nines song, rocks!

To start you find the first number that you are counting from. You and your child draw a straight line from that number to the last number in the integer in the series. For 7’s you would start at the 7 and then for 14, you would go to the 4, then to the 1 for 21, etc. Keep going around and around the circle as your numbers grow.

A shape will appear and as you go, your child should be able to guess what the next number is going to be, even if they never skip counted before!

Download and print this skip counting worksheet: skip counting math worksheet

We recreated the circles of numbers on our patio… next time the kids want to hop through their skip-counting by doing a giant version on the driveway!

For more math activities check out our math round-up.

Stacey says

This was an answer to prayer! My 8 year old is struggling with skip counting so I’ve been looking for memorization ideas. Can’t wait to try it. Also the songs!

Angelina says

Wow, this is so cool! Gonna try this with my 1st grader. She loves math and wants to go further and faster than what she’s learning at school. I bet she’d love this!

Deb says

Love this idea!

Leigh-Ann Jones says

Love it!

Holly says

That is so cool to hear!!! We love when it is something that you can use right away!

Holly says

Fun!!! I love it when girls love math! I was a science girl…so much fun.

Holly says

Thanks so much!

Kristina & Millie says

Great worksheet 🙂 pinned! thanks for linking to Meandering Mondays!

stephanie says

Wow! Never thought of this! Thanks for sharing at After School!

Jenn says

7s not 7’s

This is cool. Thanks so much.

Denise says

Math patterns are so cool – I made a string board with these – 10 nails in a circle with numbers 0 – 9 with each nail – then you tie a colourful string to 0 and use it to wrap around each nail number as you skip count. Love the idea of doing it in chalk outside.

Stefanie says

If you are interested in Skip counting songs, please check out the MathMosis website we have a song for every number 1-12. http://www.mathmosis.com http://www.facebook.com/mathmosis and they are available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mathmosis/id667692445 If you like it please consider adding it to this post 😉

Jenelyn says

thank you so much