The Importance of Skip Counting

What is skip counting?

Skip counting is the method of counting forwards by a number that is not 1. TO skip count, you would add the same number each time to the previous number.

For example: skip counting by 2. Let us show you that on a number line:

Skip counting by 2

Why is skip counting important?

Essentially, skip counting helps you to:

  • Count many things quickly;
  • Learn your multiplication tables.

However, skip counting is the foundation to learn other math concepts covered in higher grades, including:

  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Lowest Common Factor
  • Greatest Common Factor
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • Reducing Fractions
  • Factoring
  • Prime and Composite Numbers
  • Recognizing Number Patterns and Sequences

Skip counting worksheets

Skip counting is such an essential skill to learn that it’s covered across several grades. We have created worksheets for students in kindergarten to grade 3 to practice skip counting at increasingly harder levels.

Kindergarten skip counting by 2s and 10s practice

For late kindergarten use, these worksheets help students practice skip counting by 2 and 10.

Kindergarten skip counting by 2 worksheets

Counting by 2, 5 and 10 for grade 1 students

Students fill in the missing numbers for skip counting by 2, 5 and 10.

Skip counting by 5 worksheets for grade 1

Grade 1 counting by 3, 4, 5, and 10 worksheets

Using number charts, students count by 3, 4, 5 and 10.

Count by 3s number charts for grade 1

Grade 2 skip counting by 10 worksheets

We have separate worksheets for skip counting by 10 starting at 10, by 10 from 1-10, and 10 for 1-100.

Grade 2 skip counting by 10 worksheets

Skip count by 20, 25, 50 and 100 practice for grade 2 students

The next section of worksheets, has students practice skip counting by 20, 25, 50 and 100.

Grade 2 skip counting by 25 worksheets

Skip count by 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 for grade 2

Then, students work on skip counting by 2 (even and odd) and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Skip counting by two for odd numbers worksheets

Skip count by 100 starting from random numbers practice for grade 3

In number charts, students skip count by 100, starting from a random number.

Skip counting by 100 worksheets for grade 3 students

Grade 3 skip count by 150, 200 and 250 worksheets

The final section of worksheets practice skip counting by 150, 200 and 250, starting from 0.

Grade 3 skip counting by 150 worksheets