Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Learning to skip count (count in 2s, 3s, 5s, 10, etc) is a key numerical skill which forms the basis of multiplication and division, as well as being important when counting in groups and counting money. Although children in our age group will not understand the concept behind skip counting, teaching them the number pattern through song, will help embed it in their auditory memory and help them recall it when they are ready to begin learning the maths at school.

Equipment required

  • Optional laminates for Wellies (song)

Link to resources

Training videos

Fingers And Toes-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Number Pattern Songs – Wellies-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Number Pattern Songs – Fingers And Toes-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Max the Greyhound


At least two weeks for each song (six weeks in total)

How it works

This activity teaches children one or two catchy, fun songs that have number patterns repeated in the chorus. Choose a song to learn over a few weeks.

What to do in the class

Explain to parents that the song they are about to do features a number pattern that children will start to learn when they go to school and that by learning the word pattern first now will help them later. Encourage parents to try singing the song at home with their child so they learn to say the pattern too.

Number pattern songs to choose from:

  • Max the greyhound (10, 20, 30, 40, 50)
  • Wonderful wellies (2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Fingers and Toes (5, 10, 15, 20)

Explain to the class that we are going to learn a very special way of counting with this song. Counting in 2s, or 5s or 10s

Wonderful Wellies – Explain the song is about wellies and wellies always come in two’s or pairs. Prepare the wellies flash cards and stick to the wall. Put the 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 cards all in a row along one wall if possible. Put the blue/green wellies together on another wall (or hold in your hand to hold up in the right place). Put the patterned/plain wellies on another wall (or hold in your hand to hold up in the right place)

Fingers and Toes – Explain that counting in 5s is really useful, and also we have five fingers and toes on each hand to help us add up. Removing socks would be useful if possible so that children can see their toes. Ask the class to replace their shoes and socks after the song to avoid any injury to feet during the rest of the class. It is a good plan to do this one as the last song in class to avoid having to spend a lot of class time taking shoes on and off.

Adaptations for older/younger children

These songs are too hard for children under two really.

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptation necessary.