Counting is fun and exciting and we find different things and ways to count in everything around us. To connect fun with learning, I’ve created these Insect Skip Counting Puzzles.
I’m always looking for new and creative ways to teach students number sense and counting because it helps them retain and understand what we teach them. So we find interesting ways to connect what they’re learning to things that matter to them.
As spring arrives we show our knowledge of numbers with this Flowers Number Match-Up. Kids really enjoy when we bring nature into our lessons.
When my students become more confident with numbers we work on our Sunglasses Addition Puzzles to celebrate the warmer weather.
Because playing math games is a great way to get kids engaged and entertained while learning.
As we build on our counting skills, we show what we know with a spring theme, using these Insect Skip Counting Puzzles. We use these to help our preschool and kindergarten students learn and review counting in a hands-on way.
Teaching students to have a firm number sense will promote confidence in numbers as they build a strong foundation in math skills.
Want even more ideas for teaching number sense to your students? Be sure to take a look at our collection of Number Sense Activities.
Inside You’ll Find:
- 8 different insect counting cards for the following: counting by 1s (numbers 1-20), skip counting by 2s (numbers 2-20), skip counting by 3s (numbers 3-30), skip counting by 4s (numbers 4-40), skip counting by 5s (numbers 5-100), skip counting by 10s (numbers 10-100).
- This center also comes in black and white to save on ink so there are 16 pages total.
Supply list for the Insect Skip Counting Puzzles:
- paper or card stock
- laminating pouches
- Insect Skip Counting Puzzles Printable (scroll down to download!)
I recommend printing these puzzles out on card stock and the laminating the cards before they are cut so they can easily be used year after year.
Using the Insect Skip Counting Puzzles
Students will first pick an insect puzzle to start putting together. They will either choose to count by 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, or 10s. The first time students play the Insect Skip Counting Puzzles you may want to have them work in groups.
They will start by picking the first number for whichever puzzle they chose. Once they pick the first number, students will then sort through all of the pieces, looking for which number comes next to build their insect. This student chose to skip count by “5s.”
Another way this activity could be used is to have all of the numbers laid out on a table or the floor. Students will then sort the remaining puzzle pieces according to their number sequence.
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If you have younger students or learners struggling with this concept that might be overwhelmed, you will want to begin with counting by 1s until they master this sequence. Once they grow more confident with numbers, you can give them more options.
To differentiate this activity, even more, you can provide students with only two numbers at a time. Once they have mastered the puzzle pieces you gave them, you can slowly add in more.
Looking for More Spring Activity Ideas?
If you want to extend the spring theme across your curriculum, check out our Spring Learning Activities.
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Have a bugging good time with your Insect Skip Counting Puzzles Printable in your classroom.