To teach you child to learn to count numbers by two (2, 4, 6, 8, 10).


At the end of the lesson your child will be able to count to 10 in multiples of 2.

Download the counting by twos worksheet

Time requirement

20 minutes.

Grade level

Kindergarten and first grade.

Introductory activity

  1. Have your child bring you 10 objects of the same type. Examples include: 10 shells, 10 balls, 10 dolls, 10 toy cars, or 10 pennies.
  2. Sit down with your child and show him or her how to group objects into pairs (you can teach your child the term ‘pair’) Group all 10 objects into pairs.
  3. Together with your child, count the objects pair by pair… 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Explain to them how, when you count by twos, you skip every other number.


If your child or student has learned how to count by twos, gather some more objects and teach them to count by twos to a higher number, such as 40 or 50.

Reinforcement activity

Print out the attached Counting by Twos worksheet. Ask your child to complete the worksheet by themselves. Tell them they must join the dots in the picture by counting by twos – have them say the numbers aloud as they complete the activity.


In order to see if your child has achieved the goal of this lesson, ask them to count from 0 to 10 by twos.