# What is Skip Counting? Definition and Examples

What is skip counting? Skip counting is counting by a given whole number bigger than 1.

## Skip counting by twos

Skip counting by twos will start with 2 and then continue with 4, 6, 8, and so on.

You are basically skipping or not saying the numbers 3, 5, 7, 9, and so on.

## Skip counting by fives

Skip counting by fives will start with 5 and then continue with 10, 15, 20, and so on.

You are basically skipping or not saying any of the numbers between 5 and 10, between 10 and 15, between 15 and 20, and so on.

## Skip counting by tens

Skip counting by tens will start with 10 and then continue with 20, 30, 40, and so on.

## Why is skip counting important in arithmetic?

**1.** Skip counting can help you count things quickly. For example, instead of counting 100 items one by one, you could make groups of five items in your mind. As a result, you could count to 100 faster.

**2.** You can use skip counting as a way to figure out a multiplication fact. For example, to figure out 5 × 8, skip count by 5 to get an answer.

5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40

You could also skip count by 8 five times. However, I think it is a little harder.

8, 16, 24, 32, 40

**3.** You can quickly get an answer to a subtraction problem. For example, to do 100 - 66, you could skip count by twos from 66 to 70 and then skip count by tens from 70 to 100.

From 66 to 70, add 4 and from 70 to 100, add 30. The answer is 34.

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