Learning to count by twos, fives, tens, fifties, and hundreds will make basic arithmetic easier for your child. Before you begin playing, learn the skip-counting jingle and its rhythmic accompaniment:
|(slap knees)||(clap hands)||(snap left hand)||(snap right hand)|
|That's too||easy,||can't you||see?|
|Count in-||stead by||twos or||threes, or|
|By the||number||named by||me.|
- The players sit in a circle on the floor.
- To begin, they recite the jingle together while slapping, clapping, and snapping as shown above.
- All the players continue to slap, clap, and snap as the first player declares a number to count by (for example, ten).
- The player to his left then must say the next number in the series (in this case, twenty).
- Play continues around the circle.
- Each player must say the next number in the series during one slap-clap-snap-snap pattern.
- If a player is stumped or says the wrong number, he must drop out.
- To resume the game, the remaining players recite the jingle again and declare a new number.
- The last player remaining after all the others have dropped out is the winner.