A hundreds chart can be a fabulous tool for practicing a variety of math skills. And your kids will love putting the math workbooks away for a day and playing a few games instead. Here are 18 things do with a hundreds chart.
Adding fun to your math lessons
During the elementary years, it's important to make math a fun and meaningful experience instead of the dry and dull thing many believe it to be. I used to really hate doing any kind of math but I feel like I'm being re-educated and learning math all over again (or for the first time!) while I'm homeschooling.
I learned to incorporate lots of fun and games into our math lessons - there are really lots of simple ways to do that. One of my favorite resources is (that's an affiliate link -->) Games for Math by Peggy Kaye. It's filled with lots of great ideas for incorporating simple games in your math lessons.
18 things to do with a hundreds chart
One of my favorite easy math resources is a hundreds chart - which can be used for lots of fun math activities. The list below will keep your kids occupied for awhile!
- Practice counting 1 to 100.
- Call out a number and have your child cover it with a counter or tile. Especially good for a child who has trouble telling the difference between the teens and higher numbers.
- Make patterns or graphs on a blank 100’s chart.
- Practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.
- Practice skip counting and use counters or tiles to mark places and make a pattern.
- Practice skip counting but start on different numbers – count by 10’s starting with 3, etc.
- Use a 100’s chart to find patterns in addition and subtraction problems.
- Color in multiples of one number, looking for patterns.
- I’m thinking of a number – Tell the child you are thinking of a number. Let them guess a number and you say higher or lower (depending on what the number is!) until they can guess the right number.
- Using a blank 100’s chart, fill in some of the numbers but leave blank spaces. Have the child write in the appropriate numbers.
- Rounding to the nearest 10 – say a number and have the child put a marker on that number. Then let them decide which 10 that number is closer to and put a marker on it.
- Creating puzzles - cut a hundreds chart into pieces and use it to make puzzles or designs
- Race to 100 - place a penny for each player on square 1 and, using a pair of dice, see who can get to 100 first by adding the numbers on the rolled dice together.
- Race from 100 - like #12, just starting at 100 and subtracting.
- Multiplying Race to 100 - Just like #12, but instead of adding the numbers, multiply them.
- Practice counting by even or odd numbers.
- Work on addition and subtraction strategies.
- Learn about prime and composite numbers - use 2 different colored crayons to color the prime and composite numbers.
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