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.
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 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!
1. Practice counting 1 to 100 – We find moving your finger along the chart as you read aloud really helps.
2. Call out a number and have your child cover it with a counter or tile – This especially good for a child who has trouble telling the difference between the teens and higher numbers.
3. Make patterns or graphs on a blank 100’s chart – I’ve included a free blank hundreds chart in the printable section at the bottom of this post.
4. Skip counting – Skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.
5. Skip counting – Skip counting and use counters or tiles to mark places and make a pattern.
6. Skip counting – Practice skip counting but start on different numbers – count by 10’s starting with 3, etc.
7. Addition & subtraction patterns – Use a 100’s chart to find patterns in addition and subtraction problems.
8. Pattern maker – Color in multiples of one number, looking for patterns.
9. 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.
10. Fill the gaps – Using a blank 100’s chart, fill in some of the numbers but leave blank spaces. Have the child write in the appropriate numbers.
11. 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.
12. Creating puzzles – cut a hundreds chart into pieces and use it to make puzzles or designs
13. 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.
14. Race from 100 – like #13, just starting at 100 and subtracting.
15. Multiplying Race to 100 – just like #13, but instead of adding the numbers, multiply them.
16. Odds & Evens – practice counting by even or odd numbers.
17. Addition & subtraction stratergies – work on addition and subtraction strategies, this video is a great demonstration.
18. Learn about prime and composite numbers – use 2 different colored crayons to color the prime and composite numbers.
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These can then be printed off using your home computer. I reccomend laminating them to prevent them from breaking and requiring re-printing regularly.
We have a couple of copies, I try and keep one in our homeschooling room and one in the car so we can do maths on short journeys to grandparents or the local grocery store.