Count by 2's, 5's, and 10's
(yes, this can be a multiplication game)
Kids need to be able to count to 100 using a strategy that is faster that counting by 1's.
1. It is easiest to teach this with money. Pennies, nickels, dimes are so great because you can use them to count by 1's, 5's, 10's. How many pennies do you need to get to 100? how about nickels, how about dimes?
2. Use a 100 chart to count by 1's, 5's, 10's- 5's and 10's make really cool patterns on the 100 chart. Post one of these charts somewhere your child hangs out frequently. When my son was younger I enlarged a 100 chart and taped it on the ceiling above his bed, at night I read him a story and then did a few quiet multiplication games using the 100 chart above our heads. We both enjoyed spending that time together.
3. Play more Multiplication Games with these 100 chart games/activities.
4. Whenever there is an opportunity to count by 2's, 5's, and 10's take advantage of it. At the doctor's office we play simple multiplication games by guessing how many magazines are in the lobby. We count them by making groups of 2. Who is closest? While we wait in line at Starbucks we predict how many juice bottles are in the cooler (Starbucks has a open cooler that you can look down on) then we count them by grouping them in fives, or whatever makes the most sense.