It was the third time I saw her staring out the window, ignoring her schoolwork. The sun was shining; the birds were singing. It was a beautiful spring day. No doubt about it, spring fever has definitely set in.
As she gazed out the window I realized what a perfect opportunity we had. I grabbed the sidewalk chalk and we headed outside.
This simple kinesthetic math activity to practice skip counting is perfect for learners when the weather is too good to stay inside.
Skip Counting Activity
It’s super simple to set up this math activity.
Use sidewalk chalk to write the numbers in order in a straight line. We were working on counting by 3’s, but you could use this activity to work on counting by 5’s or 10’s (or any other number).
Have your child stand at the beginning of the line. Have them hop on the number as they read it aloud. Repeat the activity several times.
Want to make it even more fun?
Have your child say the numbers in different voices as they hop. Can you whisper the numbers? This time say the numbers in your silliest voice.
Why practice skip counting? Skip counting helps kids learn multiplication facts. If your child is ready for that step, try having them say the math facts aloud while they hop. (3 x 1 = 3, 3 x 2 = 6, 3 x 3 = 9, etc.)
This simple math activity is the perfect way to get kids up and moving while learning to skip count.
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