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Skip counting is often called counting by 2s or by 5s or by 10s or by 100s. Skip counting really helps with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It is also used a lot for counting things – counting pairs of gloves, groups of five, money, boxes with 100 cans in each box – the list goes on!

How to skip count

To skip count you add the same number over and over.

You can start at any number. When you count normally (like 1,2,3,4,5,6) you add 1 to get the next number. To count by 2s, you add 2 to get the next number.

You can find skip counting worksheets here to help practice. You can also find printable number lines here that will help with skip counting.

Counting by twos

The example below shows how to count forward by twos starting from 10.

Example showing how to skip count by twos - starting at 10

Here a more examples of counting by two. Look for patterns. Patterns help with skip counting.

32 34 36 38 40

Can you see a pattern? All the numbers are even numbers.


91 93 95 97 99

Can you see a pattern? All the numbers are odd numbers.

Two more examples of counting by twos

counting by twos starting at 67

Skip counting by 2s starting with 134

You can find skip counting worksheets here to help practice. You can also find printable number lines here that will help with skip counting.

Counting by fives

We count by fives quite often; counting money and telling the time are two examples. The picture below shows how to count forward by fives starting from 30.

counting by 5s starting at 30

Here a more examples of counting by five. Look for patterns.

42 47 52 57 62

Can you see a pattern? The digit in the one's place is either a two or a seven .


303 308 313 318 323

Can you see a pattern? The digit in the one's place is either a three or a eight .

Two more examples of counting by fives

counting by fives starting at 66

Counting by fives starting at 119

Counting by tens

The two examples below show counting by tens. Look at the numbers. There is always a pattern.

Skip counting by 10s starting at 22

Skip counting by 10s starting at 44


Counting by hundreds

The three examples below show counting by hundreds. The patterns in all three are the same; the number in the hundreds place goes up by one each time.

Example showing counting by hundreds

Example showing counting by hundreds


Example showing counting by hundreds

You'll get skip counting worksheets here and you'll find printable number lines. Both will help with skip counting.

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