This hands on skip counting activity helps kids discover math patterns in a way that your math-learner can actually “see” skip-counting. With a little practice, kids will learn to guess which number will come next by simply following the skip counting pattern. You can use this skip counting activity at home or in the classroom outside on the sidewalk with chalk, inside on paper or download and print our free skip counting worksheet.

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Let’s do a skip counting activity!

Skip Counting Games for Kids

This simple skip counting pattern game is great for kids learning how to skip count.

Skip counting is a method of counting numbers by adding a number every time to the previous number. For example, skip counting by 2, we get 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and so on. 

ByJu’s Math Skip Counting

With this simple game (you can play with chalk, pencil & paper, or our printable skip counting worksheet) kids will see the patterns while skip counting and shapes emerge as they practice counting with different amounts of “skip”! Click the button to download and print our printable skip counting worksheets now:

There is a feeling of excitement and sense of accomplishment when kids figure out what “comes next” in the skip counting pattern.

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Free Printable Skip Counting Worksheet

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Print this skip counting worksheet pdf to start the math fun!

This is our printable skip counting worksheet. There are 8 different circles that are numbered 1-8. Each circle has the numbers 0 through 9. Take your pen or pencil and use it to start skip counting. You can skip count even numbers, odd numbers, by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, etc.

Download & Print Skip Counting Worksheet pdf File Here:

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Don’t forget to download and print our skip counting printable worksheets!

How to Use the Skip Counting Worksheet

  1. To start you find the first number that you are counting from.  
  2. You and your child draw a straight line from that number to the last number in the integer in the series.  
  3. 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.  
  4. Keep going around and around the circle as your numbers grow.
  5. 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!
example of filled in skip counting worksheet for skip counting by 6, 7 and 8 using the skip counting worksheet and a red crayon
This is what your skip counting worksheet patterns might look like!

Watch Skip Counting in Action with Our Video

Skip Counting Patterns with Sidewalk Chalk

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!

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Look how the pattern emerges when you skip count by 2s!

Skip Counting Songs Can Help!

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!

Our Experience with Skip Counting Pattern Activity

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.  

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

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Did your kids love this skip counting pattern activity? Did they like the skip counting worksheet or doing this math activity outside on the sidewalk better?

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!