Skip Counting

We are learning about skip counting in 2KM and 2KJ.

Skip counting helps us

  • count things more quickly
  • learn about the multiplication times tables

Skip counting means counting by a number that is not one, for example counting by twos, fives or tens.

Today we practised our skip counting and used counting by fives to help us solve this problem….

How many fingers do 18 people have?

Watch this video to find out!

How many fingers do 18 people have?

Why did we count by fives?

When do you use skip counting in everyday life?

What do you know about skip counting patterns?

31 thoughts on “Skip Counting

  1. @ Miss Jordan, Mrs Morris & class,

    I think 18 peoples fingers makes 180. πŸ™‚
    A’m I rite?

    Best wishes,

  2. Hello 2KM and 2KJ,

    Very good skip counting!
    My answer I got was 180. I ♥ skip counting and hopefully you do too!

    How many ways do you know to skip count?
    Great Counting!
    Rhiannon. πŸ˜‰

  3. Dear 2KM and 2KJ,
    I love your Skip counting post.
    There are many ways to skip count.

    You can skip count with money.

    I know some skip counting patterns.

    For example, 2’s,3’s,4’s,5’s,6’s,7’s,8’s,9’s and 10’s.

    I think that is all.

    Do you use skip counting all the time Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan?

    Keep in touch,

    From you former student,

    • @ BB,

      Thank you so much for your comment. It is always great to hear from former students.

      You brought up a a very good point about skip counting with money. It is important to know how to skip counting so you can count up money.

      Miss Jordan and I do love to skip count.

      Best wishes,
      Mrs M☀rris

  4. @ Miss Jordan,

    I also think that 18 people have 180 fingers. My Dad taught me how to work this out by using a trick as well!



      • @ Molly,

        thank you for replying to me!

        In fact i have a question for you. My question is you knew the right answer so quick. Did you ask your dad?

        your best friend,

        Charlotte πŸ˜†

  5. @2KM & 2KJ,

    What a great topic. πŸ˜†

    I think the answer is 180. We count by 5 because it’s more than1,2,3,4 and it sometimes is easier than counting by 1’s.

    I use skip counting when I have big amounts.


  6. @ miss Jordan,
    I love this post ost do you now why because I love Skip Counting.
    I Did some home work today I just love doing home work.
    I now how to spell great another way Gr8.

  7. @ 2KM and 2KJ

    18 pepole have 180 fingers.

    How many fingers do you think all of the students in 2KM and 2KJ have together?
    What do you think the total number of fingers there are in 2KJ and 2KM? I think there are 420 fingers because we have 42 students in our class (42 x 10).

    Best Wishes,


  8. @ Mrs Morris

    18 people have 180 finges.

    We counted by fives because we have five fingers on each hand.

    I use skip counting when I practice at home and I do it at school. (LOL)

    I know about skip counting patterns because it helps other people around the world count fast.
    sincerely, Alana

  9. I really have a passion for numbers. I certainly enjoyed watching your video. Do you know that all the numbers in the 5 times table end in just one of two numbers?
    Are 105,340, 566 or 6,905 in the five times table?
    There is a culture in the Amazonian jungle that has just three numbers …1,2,lots (really).
    There is another culture that counts on the spaces between the fingers.
    The number 0 was not used until around 500 years ago, it was an Indian idea. When you count stock, or money or fish people always started at 1. Zero was a new idea!
    In Cumbria sheep farmers have their own counting words, you can probably google that. I wonder if Australian farmers sometimes use their own number system?
    Thank you for listing our school on your blog roll!

    Mr E

    • @ Mr E,

      Thank you so much for your comment. We particularly enjoyed your comment because you added some more information and that made it interesting to read.

      We cannot believe there is a culture in Amazonian jungle who just use 1, 2 and lots!

      We have never heard Australian farmers using their own number system but they could. We don’t know that much about farming!

      We hope to hear from you again.

      Best wishes,
      Mrs M☀rris

  10. Dear 2KM and 2JK,
    What wonderful skip counters you all are. I really enjoyed watching your video.
    I have to say I much rather skip count because it is so much easier than counting single numbers 1,2,3,4….

    My favourite all time skip counting number would be by 2’s
    Do you have a favourite number which you like to skip count.

    Keep up the great work 2KM and 2KJ,

    From AA.

    • @ AA,

      Thank you for your compliment about our skip counting.

      Skip counting by 2s is fun and I agree, it is easier than counting by ones!

      Best wishes,
      Mrs M☀rris

  11. Dear 2km and 2kj’

    Great post! I think its really fun skip counting because it helps you learn to count by certain numbers to get to other numbers and helps you figure out math as you get older. I think 18 people with 10 fingers would be 180, because 18 times 10 = 180.

    Happy Blogging!


    • @ Amanda,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I love that you added some extra information for us.

      You got the right answer! Well done.

      Best wishes,
      Mrs M☀rris

      • Dear Mrs. Morris,

        Thanks for replying to my comment! I love leaving comments. I thought I might get the right answer. I wasn’t sure.

        *Amanda in Mr. Salsichs class

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