Hands On Skip Counting

Over the past few weeks my firsties have been working hard on their skip counting skills. This is such  a tricky concept for them to grasp. We started our week off by counting by 10s and making this anchor chart. I believe that anchor charts should be student made so at the start of our day, each child got a pair of feet to represent 10. After coloring them, we glued them on our chart and them labeled them together as a class. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

After labeling our chart together, each child got a blank copy of a 120 chart. We quickly skip counted and colored the tens along the way. Once everyone had their chart complete, they cut it into strips of 10 and made skip counting chains. You can grab a blank copy of this 120 chart here.


Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!


Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Once we mastered 10s, we started practicing counting by 5s. We made another anchor chart. This time, I traced each child's hand and we labeled them together.

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For extra practice, we made these fun skip counting hats using this printable from Smitten with First. You can grab the hand printable on her blog. The kids counted by 5s and wrote the number on each hand and then glued them around a sentence strip to make a hat. We kept them at school all week to wear and use as a reference.
Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Up next was counting by 2s and we all know that this is the hardest for them to get. We started out by making another anchor chart. I gave each of them a pair of eyes and we labeled them together as we added them to our chart.

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

I wanted to do something really fun that the kids could relate to when counting by 2s. I came across this idea from my sweet friend Lindsay over at For the Love of First Grade and just knew I had to do it. Each child brought in a pair of socks. After discussing things that come in pairs of 2, we labeled them and hung them from our ceiling. I still have these hanging and we practice counting when we line up. This line may or may not have fallen on my head while I was trying to hang these! LOL! 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!


I'm all about hands on practice so we made these skip counting bracelets by counting numbers up to 20. First, they sorted each set of beads by color. Then, I let them string them onto their pipe cleaner. They wore these all week. I would ask them at random times to count by 2s. It was perfect practice.  

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For stations, I wanted them to have some sort of activity that they could easily do to reinforce the skills that we have been working on. I grabbed a set of colored craft sticks and wrote random number patterns for counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s and they put the sticks in the correct order. I also made a few sets for my higher kids that start at various numbers between 1-120. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

I always want a way for students to be able to check their work. I drew a random line on the back of the sticks. Once they've put the sticks in order, they can flip them over to check and see if they are right. If the lines match up they got it correct. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

All three anchor charts are displayed in our classroom and we reference them each day. They are perfect for a quick math warm up. You can grab the images used to make these anchor charts by clicking here

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

If you'd like to save these ideas for later, pin the image below. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For more math ideas, check out my math Pinterest board that is full of great ideas.    


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Celebrating Classroom Birthdays

Celebrating classroom birthdays is a great way to let your students know that they are special and that you care about them. Today I'm sharing how I celebrate birthdays in my classroom!

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


First let's talk about displays! My birthday board is one of my favorite displays in my classroom. At the beginning of the year, I have my kiddos write their birthday on a whiteboard. Then, they hold them up and I take their picture by each month and place them on the these monthly posters. You can grab these burlap themed posters in my TPT store.

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


My favorite birthday celebration is our birthday chair! On their birthday, they get to sit in the special chair! You can read all about how I made it here. I originally got this idea from my sweet friend Amanda over at Mrs.Richardson's Class. She used fun stickers to make her chair and it turned out so cute.

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

Student gifts are totally not necessary but always fun, especially for the kids. This year, I choose these fun neon pens from Oriental Trading. These mini ink pens include 10 different colors and the kids absolutely go nuts over them. I also have a few of these in my writing center. The great thing about ordering these from Oriental Trading, is that you can add them to your classroom wish list to share with parents. You can read all about how to do that here

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


I used some twine and added this cute birthday tag. These are so diverse and can be used with any gift. You can grab them for FREE here

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

If you like this idea and want to save it for later, pin the image below! 

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!
How do you celebrate classroom birthdays? Feel free to share in the comments below. 

Disclosure: I was provided items to review by Oriental Trading, but all opinions expressed are my own. 


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