Skip Counting by 10s with Bottle Caps

We’ve been reviewing skip counting this summer to help get my youngest ready for 1st grade usually with simple ideas like this skip counting by 10s activity.

There’s a big emphasis on skip counting in the early elementary years. It sets the stage for many math concepts, so it’s important for kids to get really good at skip counting.

You can find out more about the importance of skip counting at this Math Homework 101 post.

We made up a simple set of manipulatives to help us with our skip counting with clean plastic bottle caps. Then, we were able to use them for a few activities to help us review skip counting by 10s.

Learn and review skip counting by 10s with this simple fine motor math activity that can easily be turned into a fun busy bag.

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Set up is easy:

I’ve got a craft-supply hoarding problem (please tell me you have one too) and have a ton of caps from all the gallons of milk my girls drink. I used 10 lids to make our skip counting manipulatives.

I used a black Sharpie to write my 10’s on the inside of each lid. Easy peasy. The Sharpie will dry quickly and won’t rub off on your hands.

Learn and review skip counting by 10s with this simple fine motor math activity that can easily be turned into a fun busy bag.

Activity #1:

The first activity is super-simple. Mix up the bottle caps and have your child put them in the correct order. Mix them up and try again. They’re practicing number order along with skip counting.

Learn and review skip counting by 10s with this simple fine motor math activity that can easily be turned into a fun busy bag.

Activity #2:

Use the beads to help visualize your counting. Fill each bottle cap with 10 beads. (We used pony beads.) When you’re done, you’ve got 100 beads! Practice counting the beads in groups of 10. 10, 20, 30, 40….

Easy and fun!

Learn and review skip counting by 10s with this simple fine motor math activity that can easily be turned into a fun busy bag.

Turn this skip counting by 10s activity into a busy bag:

This activity packs up nicely to create a busy bag for early elementary kids. Add the beads to a small snack size plastic bag, then add that bag and the bottle caps to a larger bag. Now it’s ready anytime your child want to practice skip counting!

Learn and review skip counting by 10s with this simple fine motor math activity that can easily be turned into a fun busy bag.
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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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