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 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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How do add fun to your math lessons?
Tell me how you add fun to your math lessons. You can also check out these pages for more fun things to do with a hundreds chart.
- Games for Math
- 30+ Things to Do with a Hundred Chart
- Hundred Chart Learning Ideas
- Brilliant Ways to Use a Hundreds Chart
- Hundreds chart ideas on Pinterest