Keep on reading to discover activities to do with the hundred chart, as well as download a free printable hundred pattern book!
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Benefits of a Hundred Board
Exposing children to hundred charts at an early age can be so beneficial. Not only can a hundred board serve as a math resource for younger kids learning to count and recognize numbers, it can also challenge kids to find patterns in the hundred board itself. (This post contains affiliate links.)
A hundred board is one of the best math resources you can have available for your child. It can help with counting, number recognition, adding and subtracting, and even discovering number patterns. We bought Lucy this Montessori Hundred Board a few years ago, and it has been an amazing addition to our home!
Using Our Wooden Hundred Board at Home
I love how it’s interactive and promotes hands-on learning. It’s made of solid wood which is one of my favorite materials for toys (not to mention being made of wood makes it very durable.) Lucy often pulls the hundred board out of the playroom just to sit and play with. As she works on completing the board, she discovers patterns along the way!
Sometimes I just sit back and observe her using it. I can hear her counting to herself and making comments like, “All the numbers in this row start with a 2!”
And sometimes I sit and do the board with her. I can help correct her if she reverses digits in numbers (like confusing a 42 with a 24) and help her discover even more patterns.
Free Hundred Chart Template
I also like having a hundreds chart on paper for Lucy to easily refer to. (I’ve included a printable here so you can print out your own.) Sometimes Lucy likes to color it like a coloring page. Or sometimes she just likes to sit and count and point to the numbers as she goes.
You can also cut your hundred chart into pieces to make a puzzle and have your child put it back together. It’s a great way to work on spatial awareness and recognize number patterns.
Hundred Chart Pattern Book Printable
As the kids get older and begin skip counting, they’ll discover many more patterns on the hundreds chart. I’ve included a free printable below for a number pattern book your child can use to record all his or her skip counting pattern discoveries.
For instance, when children color in the numbers they say as they count by 5’s, they discover the resulting picture is two columns. Counting by 3’s leads to a whole different pattern! Allowing kids sit and discover all the patterns they come up with as they skip count by different numbers is such a beneficial and FUN learning opportunity. When they’re done, they can add this simple cover to the front and have their own pattern book!
Online Resources for Hundred Charts
A hundred chart is just full of learning potential! Here are other ideas I found online you can also do with a hundred chart.
- Use a blank hundred chart to find a pattern with your name.
- Use a hundred chart to practice counting coins.
- Here’s a fun (and free) online game using a hundred chart~ Give a Dog a Bone.
- Here’s an online interactive hundred chart where your child can find number patterns and print them out.