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A Rainbow of Skip Counting Fun in Kindergarten

We have been learning how to skip count in my Kindergarten classroom for the past 2 weeks and the students have had a BLAST!  You know how much I love adding a fun twist to any traditional instruction, so we even made a few trips outside to practice skip counting in a kinesthetic way… with Skip Count Hopscotch!

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student jumping through numbered squares "skip count hopscotch"

I have more information about the hopscotch to share with you further down in the post, but before my students could hop, they needed to gain an understanding of skip counting and visualize the process for how it works. So let’s start with the basics…

Skip Count Anchor Charts

I began my skip counting unit by adding a few colorful charts to my classroom calendar area. One chart was added for each skip counting set: counting by 10s, 5s, and 2s.

hundreds charts displayed on kindergarten bulletin boards with rainbow numbers to count by 5s, 10s and 2s "rainbow skip counting from kinder craze"

Learning to Skip Count

Even before the fancy charts were added to the classroom, my students were gaining confidence in counting by 10s and 5s. We started counting by 10s as we prepared for our 100th day of school and we use tallies each day to mark the date on our classroom calendar.

Once the children started to gain confidence in counting orally by 10s, we started with our first Rainbow Skip Count page. The class and I worked together to fill in the missing count by 10 numbers on a 100 chart, using the big classroom chart as a reference. I modeled this process in our calendar area, and each child gathered on the floor around me to complete the page with me.

student using pencil to complete "I can count by 10s" worksheet

As a finishing touch, students use a personal skip counting chart to trace their skip count numbers with markers or crayons to make it a rainbow counting page. In addition to the class anchor chart, each student was given a smaller 8.5×11 laminated student chart that showed the rainbow colors as a guide.

printable kindergarten classroom hundreds chart posters for skip counting by 10s laying on table with a student worksheet placed on top titled "I can count by 10s" student worksheet completed with rainbow numbers

Here you can see a child proudly displaying her rainbow numbers in front of our class skip counting charts.

kindergarten student holding "I can count by 10s" worksheet completed with rainbow colored markers

The next day we were ready to skip count by 5s. My students have certainly had less practice skip counting by 5s so this activity was more of a challenge for them.

student using marker to skip count by 5s on printable hundreds chart while referencing "I can count by 5s" poster

Differentiated Skip Counting Activities

The great thing about my Rainbow Skip Counting pack is that it is DIFFERENTIATED. Students that have already figured out the pattern for skip counting by 5s can complete a skip count by 5s pack with lots of blank spaces. Students that are still working to gain the skill can begin by tracing numbers on the chart that are gray instead of blank. It’s a great way to provide a little extra support for those who need it.

student completing skip counting by 5s worksheet without reference page while the other uses "I can count by 5s" hundreds chart as a guide "differentiated skip counting"
"I can count by 10s" printables work pages full color poster and student reference pages and black and white worksheets "An easy-to-create teacher poster to hang in the classroom" "Printable full-color student skip counting charts for student reference" "Student work pages with numbers to trace as they skip count" "Student work pages with blank numbers to fill in as they skip count"
Student holding "I can count by 2s" work page and reference tool to show competed work "differentiated rainbow skip counting"
student using colorful markers to trace numbers as they skip count by 5s on worksheet

Once several students have mastered skip counting by 5s, we were ready to move onto skip counting by 2s! This skill is a particularly big one to master, so I break it into a few parts. The entire class started with a simple skip counting page that only went up to 40. This was a good first step. Several student writing pages for skip counting by twos are available in the pack to differentiate for the various needs of your students.

kindergartener skip counting by 2s to 30 and traces numbers on work page while referring to "I can count by 2s" chart with numbers 1 through 30

After any page from the pack is complete, I ask students to read their numbers and skip count for me. If students are able to skip count quickly, fluently, and easily, I know they are ready for a more challenging activity. For students who were quick to skip count by twos up to 40, it was time for a BIG challenge: going all the way up to 100!

kindergartener skip counting by 2s to 100 as the trace number on printable student copy and follow hundreds chart

The rainbow design of the skip counting charts is a valuable tool for helping students keep track of the rows on the chart, but it is ESPECIALLY valuable for the skip count by 2s chart. There are SO many numbers and it is very easy for students to become lost or overwhelmed while they work. The rainbow rows remind students that they are on the orange row, or the blue row, or the dark green row and helps them to remain on task in the correct row with minimal confusion.

student counting by 5s and looking at skip counting chart with green marker in hand

Skip counting by 2s up to 100 is quite an accomplishment!

Student holding "I can count by 2s" work page and reference tool to show competed work "differentiated rainbow skip counting"

Differentiated Rainbow Skip Counting is available in my TpT store for $4. It has everything you need to help your students rainbow their way into skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s: teacher charts, student charts, and student practice pages.

Skip Count Hopscotch

Paper and pencil activities can be very valuable (especially when I let my students use markers) but I wanted to add a kinesthetic element to our skip counting unit. One day while were were outside for playtime, I brought some sidewalk chalk outside and set about the task of quickly drawing a hopscotch board that would count by 5s. I had a few girls that were VERY curious and eager to help. All I had to do was draw a quick outline and add the numbers to the spaces. My little helpers happily grabbed some chalk of their own and traced all of my numbers and lines to make them more bold. The entire board took less than 15 minutes to complete. Then the REAL fun began!

students outside jump on hopscotch squares written with chalk to practice skip counting

To help my students HEAR the number patterns and gain fluency while they skip counted, I made sure each child recited the numbers allowed while they hopped.

student jumping through numbered squares "skip count hopscotch"

You can purchase a 48 pack of Crayola brand sidewalk chalk on Amazon for less than $8!

This was a great follow-up to the Hop by 10s hopscotch I created an an indoor option for our 100th day of school.

kindergartener skip counting by 10s as they play hopscotch on indoor mat

You can read all about how I created the indoor hopscotch board and download FREE number printables to create your own Hop by 10s board.

rolls of orange, purple and green tape sitting on top of white mat with colorful hopscotch squares

Do you have a great tip or activity for skip counting in the classroom?
Please leave a comment telling me what you do… I would love to hear your ideas!

Celebrate the 100th Day of School

Skip counting is a great activity to help your students gear up for the 100th Day of School. Discover more about how I celebrate the 100th Day in my kindergarten classroom and discover an extensive collection of books that are perfect for a 100th day of school celebration. 

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. Love all of your skip counting activities and I’ve used your packet in the classroom! One activity I do I call “How will we count today?” (I started this after 100th day) I have lots of popsicle sticks with different skip counts on them – Count to 100 by 10s, count to 30 by 2s, or 5s etc. I also do even and odd numbers – there are soooo many different sticks! My calendar helper pulls the stick so it adds a little extra excitement for that job. The kids love to hear how we are counting that day. Then, we use the light up pointer and count! For a little extra fun we will count using a silly voice, too, if they’ve had a really good morning 🙂

  2. I love your bright charts. I teach first grade. For the first several months of school we sing Macerena Math by Dr. Jean. It really helps to reinforce counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.

  3. I love your bright charts. I teach first grade. For the first several months of school we sing Macerena Math by Dr. Jean. It really helps to reinforce counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.

  4. Hi, I also followed the indoor hopscotch idea link and it showed an error. Was this done with electrical tape and fabric?

  5. hi!

    I love this hopscotch idea, but I was wondering more about how you implemented it.
    Did the students just jump from number to number or did the throw a bean bag and skip that spot? Thanks so much!!

    1. Hi Kate! There was no bean bag. Every student jumped on every number. It’s less confusing that way 🙂

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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