Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Craft Stick Skip Counting

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You can teach kindergarten kids to skip count to 20 in a concrete way they can understand in this super-simple craft stick counting activity to 20!
Craft Stick Skip Counting is a fun, hands on math activity that helps kids visualize counting by 2s, counting by 5s, and counting by 10s. This is perfect for a math center, home learning, homeschool, and more!

Skip counting is a vital skill that kids need to make addition and subtraction easier and to make multiplication and division a breeze. Even young kids in kindergarten can learn to count to 20 through skip counting with these hands-on counters.

The craft sticks helps kids visualize the numbers they are "skipping" when they count by 2s, 5s, or 10s. These craft stick bundles help children the somewhat difficult concept of abstract numbers. Kids will love playing and counting with the bundles once they realize they help speed the counting process.

Skip Counting

skip counting with craft sticks and pipe cleaners for a hands on math activity

You just need a few things to make these craft stick counters. These simple tools make the perfect addition to hands-on math time and work well in any math learning center.

You'll need just a few things to make your craft stick skip counters:

group craft stick by 2s, 5s, or 10s to help kids visualize skip counting

Divide your craft sticks into piles of 2, 5, and 10. 

If you only want to count to 20 you'll need 2 bundles of 10, 4 bundles of 5, and 10 bundles of 2. 

HINT: You can also lay out 20 individual craft sticks, each labeled with a 1.

counting by 2s math activity for prek, kindergarten, first grade

Tie the bundles together using the same color for each type of bundle.

Write the number of craft sticks in each bundle with a permanent marker.

counting by 5s, skip counting practice for kids

Show kids how to practice skip counting to 20 using the craft stick bundles. Show the kids how to they can count each stick individually, or when counted as a bundle, you get to skip numbers and reach your destination number faster.

counting by 10s is usualy the first skip counting kindergarten age kids learn in math

Let kids explore how each way of counting is the same number of sticks, but getting to there is a little different with each way to skip count.

Skip Counting Activities

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