Count in 2s

Learning focus

Learn how to count in twos from 0 to 50.

This lesson includes:

  • one video
  • one activity


Let's begin with a practical exercise involving counting in twos.

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Counting in twos

Here is number 7 on a number track.

How much is 2 more than 7?

How much is 2 less than 7?

9 is 2 more than 7.

5 is 2 less than 7.

Here is number 16 on a number track.

How much is 2 more than 16?

How much is 2 less than 16?

18 is 2 more than 16.

14 is 2 less than 16.

Counting in pairs

Here is a pair of shoes.

There are 2 shoes in a pair.

Here is a line of pairs of shoes. There are 7 pairs.

How many shoes are in this line?

Count them in twos:

2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.

Top tip

Instead of counting up in twos, you can multiply by 2, which is a more efficient way of doing the same calculation.

Counting in twos gives you the two times table.

So, 7 pairs of shoes is the same as 7 x 2 = 14 shoes.


A pair always has 2 things.

  • A pair of gloves is 2 gloves.

  • A pair of books is 2 books.


Activity 1

Practise counting up in twos from 0 to 40.


Remember, when counting in twos the last digit is always 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8.


Play Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica to learn more about this topic and test your skills.

Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica

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