When I was at school many moons ago I remember learning to count in 2’s, 3’s 5’s and 10’s – it may have changed its name to skip counting, but this skill is quite important as between them numbers most of the multiplication tables are covered. So with this weeks year 2/2nd-grade learning being all about spiders we’ve created our own skip counting spider web to work on those numbers and help to memorise them.

Skip Counting Spiders web - math for elementary students to help with skip counting

Learning Objectives

Count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward.

More Ideas to work on Skip Counting with Toddlers and Preschoolers – castle theme skip counting and Madeline Inspired Skip Counting Hats

Materials Needed

Spiders Web Skip Counting Printable

Black Dry Wipe Marker

Toy Spider

Skip Counting Spider Web Activity

Skip Counting Spiders web - math for elementary students to help with skip counting

Place the spider on the centre of the web and explain you are going to do a skip counting exercise – start off counting in 2’s.

Skip Counting Spiders web - math for elementary students to help with skip counting

Write 0 in the centre and on the first spoke out of the centre jump the spider across and write 2, on the next spoke 4, 6 etc… going around counting in 2’s.

Skip Counting Spiders web - math for elementary students to help with skip counting
Skip Counting Spiders web - math for elementary students to help with skip counting

Wipe off your skip counting in 2’s and practice in 5’s and 3’s

Skip Counting Spiders web - math for elementary students to help with skip counting

When it comes to 10’s we did 2 different exercises. – First we counted in 10’s – 10, 20, 30 etc… and then wiped it off. Now write a number between 1 and 9 on the first spoke and explain that you are going to count in 10’s from this number. We chose 4 so went – 4, 14, 24, 34 etc…

Skip counting is a great way to work towards multiplication tables, as well as skip counting 10 from any number helping to learn some simple math facts that will help with addition and subtraction at a later date.

Skip Counting Spiders web - math for elementary students to help with skip counting

More Spider Themed Learning for 2nd Grade.

Spider Multiplication from Still Playing School

Spider Skip Counting Puzzles from Creative Family Fun

Almost Doubles Spider Addition from Sugar Aunts

Spider Themed Double-Digit Addition Puzzles from Life Over C’s

Spider Lap Book from Preschool Powol Packets

Spider Web Noun Sort & Printable from School Time Snippets

Learning with Art: Tape Resist Spider Web from Crafty Kids at Home

More Spider Themed Activities for Kids

Spider Web construction with straws and play dough a fun preschool engineering project
STEM Spider Web Activity
Incy wincy Spider Sensory bin for toddlers
Incy Wincy Spider Sensory Bin
Ideas and learning associated with spiders webs.
Science Investigation into Spiderwebs

Kids of all ages will enjoy our STEM Spiderweb Activity creating your own spiderwebs using modelling materials.

If you have toddlers and preschoolers or kids that love sensory play then our Incy Wincy Spider Sensory Bin is great for them to play around with as they retell the classic nursery rhyme.

Love spiders – then check out our Spiderweb Investigation with this simple hands-on book based science activity for kids.

Skip Counting Spiders web - math for elementary students to help with skip counting
Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

2 Comments

  1. What a fun way to practice skip counting! I love that you suggest starting at a random number to show kids that skip counting isn’t limited to the basics!

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