In first grade one of the big goals is to learn to count. Many kids will come out of kindergarten with a strong grasp of counting by ones, but learning to count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s will prepare them for telling time and even multiplication. And remember kids need to practice counting starting from the middle too. Counting by 1’s starting from 22 is harder than starting from the beginning.

Below I’ve linked up some fun ways to practice counting.

Complete the pattern worksheets. This website has some great worksheets that range in difficulty. The one I picture below is one of the hardest because you have to determine if the numbers are increasing by one or ten before filling it in. There are also much easier patterns on the site as well so you can work your way up.

Connect the dots. This is genius! Have kids practice skip counting while discovering the secret picture.

If you search “skip counting connect the dots” on Pinterest you will be able to find just about anything (from Mozart to Christmas trees!). But if you want a specific site try this one. They have links to 50 or so puzzles with skip counting ones at the bottom.

The Caterpillar Ordering Game. This game allows you to decide if you want to count up or backwards and you can adjust the difficulty so that it is 5s, 10s, or something else. It is also kind of cute 🙂

Number puzzles. The idea and photo for this came from the blog that I’ve linked up to, but you can find example of this all over the internet. They are a great way to reinforce the ideas of skip counting while also letting kids do some problem solving. It helps them practice counting by 1s and 10s, but they have to be able to count backwards and forwards. Here’s what a completed puzzle looks like:

Basically, think of it as cutting a number crossword out of times table. The rows will be increasing by 1 and the columns increase by 10. Cut all the numbers a part and put them in a baggie. The student has to arrange them and solve the puzzle by figuring out the order.