Skip Counting

Skip counting deals with counting by numbers other than 1, such as, by 2, by 3, by 5, 10 or 100. It helps in arithmetic calculations such as addition, subtraction and multiplication. We can write different types of possible counting with the help of this concept. It is of a great help when we write the multiplication tables. Usually we start counting with the help of natural numbers starting from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ….., till the counting is done. But when we skip and count, we exclude the digits present in between. Let us learn in detail here.

Skip Counting By 2

Here, we add number 2 for each counting, in such a manner that the counting is represented in alternate numbers. Suppose we start counting from 2, then, skipping the count by 2 for each step we can write as;

2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28,30,…., so on

Thus, the above counting shows a series of even numbers. And if we start counting from 1, then, the counting will become as odd number series, such as;

1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29,….,so on

Skip Counting By 3

Here, we add number 3 for each step of counting. Suppose we start counting from 1, then, skipping the count by 3 for each step we can write as;

1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22,25,28,31,34,37,…,so on

Skip Counting By 5

When we count skipping 5 numbers in between, then we skip count by 5. Let us start counting from 10 and write the succeeding numbers which comes when we skip the next 5 numbers.


Let us write one more example. We will start counting from 4 and skip count the next by 5.


Skip Counting By 10

When we skip 10 digits in between while counting the numbers, then it is said to skip counting by 10. See the below given example to understand it better.


One more example, we can write to skip count by 10, starting from 22.


Skip Counting By 100

Let us understand counting by 100 with the help of few examples, given below;

  • 100,200,300,400,500,600,700,800,900….
  • 125,225,325,425,525,625,725,825,925,….
  • 412,512,612,712,812,912,1012,…

In the above three examples, you can see the digit at the hundredth place changes after each count.

Practise Questions

  1. Do the skip counting by 5 starting from 7 number.
  2. Skip count by 4 starting from number 2.
  3. The counting of the numbers starts from 31. Skip count the succeeding number by 10.

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