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Counting in pairs, also known as “skip counting by 2’s,” is a math skill that is strengthened through lots of practice and repetition. I decided to add in some flip flops and sand buckets to take our skip counting practice to an extra fun and exciting level. Use these free Summer Counting by 2’s Activity printables to keep skip counting skills sharp over summer break or use them for independent work or math centers in the classroom!
*Pair this with our Summer Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Summer Counting By 2’s Activity
Skip counting is just as much a mathematical skill as it is a life skill. Counting by 2’s is super useful in everyday life. For example, we may skip count when counting how many socks we wear on a daily basis. Or we can use skip counting for quickly counting out money when we are shopping. Kids can also benefit from skip counting while playing board games or even for dividing out a snack between friends!
In the classroom, we begin skip counting with counting by 2’s. Then we move onto counting by 5’s, 10’s, and so on. Fun, engaging resources like these Summer Counting by 2’s Activity printables are perfect for developing this skill!
- Counting in Pairs tracing printable
- Blank Counting in Pairs printable for filling numbers in (an extra challenge for your students)
- Flip flop and sand bucket cards
How to Use the Printables
I love this activity because there is more than one version of the Summer Counting by 2’s printables and how you use them will depend on the ability of your students.
To introduce skip counting, use the flip flop and sand bucket cards to physically count out the pairs: 2, 4, 6, 8,10. When your kids fully understand the concept of counting by 2’s, use the Counting in Pairs tracing printable to model how to write in the missing numbers.
The blank Counting in Pairs printable is great for confident learners that already understand the concept of counting in pairs.
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For more advanced learners, you can fill in any even number at the beginning of the row and students can use skip counting to count on. For example: 34, then the students should be able to finish filling in the numbers 36, 38, 40, 42. Be sure to encourage them to identify any patterns that they see.
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