Do you have a favorite way to teach skip counting? Is it songs, chants, or illustrating it on a hundred chart? These are all great ideas and all are very effective. But, what about individual activities or partner activities? This DIY Skip Counting by 5 Game can be the answer.
This game is very easy to make. You won’t have to spend hours and hours of your free time. You can make it in a matter of minutes and it can be used over and over again.
20 colorful craft sticks
Paper lunch bag
It’s so easy to make the game. Take your colorful craft sticks and use the permanent marker to write your skip counting number on the end of each stick. Start with zero and end with 100. Mix them up and put them in the paper bag.
The best part of this game is its versatility. I’m going to share two versions with you, but don’t let it limit you. There are so many ways to use these.
Game #1: The first game is a simple puzzle game. It works best as an individual activity. Simply empty the stick out the bag and line them up in order from zero to 100. This is a simple quiet activity that will help your students memorize their counting by five facts.
Game #2: This version is a fun one to play with a partner or in a small group. Mix up all the sticks and place them in the bag. Have a student pull out one stick and look at the number. They will need to start with that number and count by 5 to 100. For example, your student pulls out the stick with 75. They’ll start at 75 and count to 100 by five. 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100. Take turns pulling sticks out of the bag and counting by five. It can be a bit challenging for students just learning to count by five, but it’s a fun way to get them comfortable with this skill.
This game doesn’t have to be limited to skip counting by 5. You can easily adapt it to any set of skip counting facts.
Make up a set – or several sets – to help reinforce the skill of skip counting by five.