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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Fun Free Tool for Practicing Counting

If you have ever been in a K-2 math class, you know how important counting is.  I recently posted some of my favorite you tube videos for practicing counting, my favorite counting books, and have written a seven part series on estimating and counting routines that I use in my classroom.  I have also written about interventions I use to help kids learn to count.

Today I want to share with you a great tool to use on your computer, projector or SMART board to help your students practice many important counting skills

Flip Counter

This is a demonstration tool provided by ict games.  You can set it to any number between 0 and 9,999.  You can then count forward or backwards by ones, tens, hundreds or thousands.  It is a great tool to use for counting forward and backward.  here are some pictures of it in action.  
This is the zero screen

Here my Kindergarten students are using it to count forward by ones starting at any number

Here my first graders are working on bridging the century an counting backwards within 120.

Here my second graders started at 814 and counted by 100's.  They get so excited to get into these "really big" numbers.

Here is a screen shot of the directions page.  It takes about 20 seconds to learn how to use and then you are ready to go!
Want to use this with your students?  Click here to head over to ict games!

Looking for more ideas to help your students practice counting?  Check out this post about how I help first graders develop this very important skill.


  1. This looks like a great tool. We count all the time, and I can see adding this to our repertoire.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. This is wonderful for my kids --- some of them are still struggling with number patterns. This is going to help them tremendously. Thank you.

    1. This is a tool that can be very useful for seeing patterns. It can also help clarify some place value issues.

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    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

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