My daughter is a bit older than your kiddo and we have done lots of activities for skip counting. One really cute resource I found after I had already taught her, is a set of fairly easy stories in a set called Number Talesby Scholastic. this set of books has sixteen total books, and includes a book for each number 0-10, 20, 30, 100, skip counting by 2's, 5s, and 10s. Very fun, and use bright pictures...for example, for skip counting by 2s they use their version of 'The Ants go marching two by two'. The set also comes with a teaching book full of reproducible, miniature books and lots of further ideas. The whole set runs about $35 from Amazon, although I am about halfway through converting them to LR format! http://www.amazon.com/SCHOLASTIC-0545067731-Number-Tales-Teaching/dp/B002PIFNPW/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1344059627&sr=1-1&keywords=scholastic+number+tales
Other things we did- use a number line to hop to the next number, outdoor hopscotch games drawn in chalk on the patio, an abacus, lining up toys fora parade 2 by 2, pairs of shoes and socks in the laundry,
we have an inexpensive talking coin bank that will announce totals of nickels and dimes, interlocking math cube manipulatives (still one of her favorites! They come in sets of 100, 10 of each color!)
We use her hundreds pocket chart for so much, and have a smaller version on the bathroom mirror. When
she brushes her teeth or washes at the sink, she chooses whether to count to 100 by 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's,
etc...we go forward and then backwards in the same fashion with us pointing at the chart as we go through!
She LOVES this, and doesn't even have to think about it anymore, just flies through them. It also ensures
hands and teeth get clean with no fuss
I made sure when we started this to incorporate playtime with the abacus and manipulatives to make sure
she completely understood the physical relationship to quantity, but it was never a problem!
I do remember of of her favorites was to take two transparent plastic disposable cups (so she could easily
see the quantity!). I would give her 20 of something, often edible. For her raspberries worked VERY well,
although I twice did it with Jellybeans as well
We transferred the items from cup to cup, counting by
1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. She could see them in the cup for practice, and it was really great visualization to
realize that no matter how we broke it up, there were still always 20. We could even do addition and
subtraction ideas early, because it was very easy to demonstrate that if we knew the total was 20, and we
put X in one cup, there must be X in the other cup...and of course, she enjoyed getting to eat a few of the
We did all kinds of variations, including transferring with spoons and tongs for fine motor practice as well...
Anyway, there are so many more little activities we incorporated into daily activities, but this might give you
some more ideas..
Oh! Songs! Especially ones with characters that appeal to the kiddos! For Alex, it's all about the hens! ( she
has a treasured stuffed hen puppet that goes EVERYWHERE with us! Actually, two, but she doesn't know
Here is a hen song I found that you might be able to adapt:
We start with zero chickens,
Two little chickens, looking for some more...
Along come another two and that makes four.
Run to the haystack, run to the pen,
Run little chickens, back to mother hen!
Four little chickens, playing with some sticks..
Along come another two and that makes six.
Six little chickens, sitting on a gate,
Along come another two and that makes eight.
Eight little chickens, run to mother hen,
Along come another two and that makes ten.
(she shows me on her fingers via RS way to demonstrate.)
Regardless, lots of fun....
I also saw there is a free skip counting app called 'counting and skip counting' on ITunes, although I never tried It!