As we teach our students to count the higher numbers (yes, Teachers of Older Grades, in kindergarten 50 is still a high number to many of our students!), it's challenging for some kids to start at any number and count on. Just like rote sing-songy recitation of the alphabet doesn't demonstrate complete enough knowledge of it, being able to count to 100 doesn't ensure the ability to know "what comes after 37? 42?"... and that doesn't even take into account the tricky decade changes!
One easy way to practice is to use number cards. Put the cards in order and then separate them into groups of 10-15 cards. Distribute the card sets to partners or individuals and have them put them in order in a line. When they're finished, have your students do a mini-walk from one set to the next, saying the numbers aloud to check them and of course to practice! It's also fun to make big number cards, have several students each hold one, stand them in an out-of-sequence line, and call on other students to move their classmates back into correct order.
I'm working right now on developing a new game for practicing consecutive numbers. In the meantime, here's a quick little freebie that combines a puzzle with a more traditional worksheet format. The cute little pups on the page are from A Sketchy Guy at TPT.
What's your favorite activity for working on the sequence of numbers?