Is your child starting to learn about numbers from 1-100?
The hundreds chart is a great way to learn numbers from 1-100. There are many different activities that can be done with hundreds charts that make them very versatile and a great learning tool.
I have created a FREE printable hundreds chart that you can use over and over again!
What is a Hundreds Chart?
Simply put, a hundreds chart is a chart that numbers 1-100. Number sense is very important for young learners and hundreds charts help to foster that!
The hundreds chart that I designed has two options, black and white and rainbow. I also made sure to put traceable numbers at the bottom (1-10).
What are the Benefits of a Hundreds Chart?
There are tons of benefits to a hundreds chart that you should know!
Hundreds charts are great for all types of learners especially visual and hands on learners.
Other benefits of a hundreds chart include:
- Similar to a condensed number line
- Shows place value
- Shows number patterns
- Aides in number recognition
- Develops math skills
Tips for Teaching Number Skills to Preschoolers
Number skills are so important to teach to preschoolers because those skills serve as building blocks for things like algebra down the road. Ensuring that your preschooler is up to speed on number skills is crucial.
So how or what should you teach to preschoolers learning numbers? Here are my top tips!
Use Number Rhymes and Songs
Number rhymes and songs are an easy way for preschoolers and kindergarteners to learn numbers. We know lots of rhymes already. Here are some of my kids’ favorites!
- 10 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
- The Ants Are Marching
- One Two Buckle My Shoe
- This Old Man
- Three Blind Mice
Use your fingers to hold up the numbers when singing these songs!
Use Toys with Numbers
Playing is where kids learn best. Hands-on number toys are a great way for kids to learn their numbers. It gives them opportunities to manipulate objects and make connections in their brain with the numbers. I will list below some toys that my kids enjoy!
Use Number Puzzles
Puzzle are a great way to encourage kids to learn and recognize their numbers. My kids love puzzles; they’re an easy way to combine play and recognizing letters and numbers. These are some of my favorites!
Count Using Fingers and Toes
One of the easiest and best ways to teach kids numbers is to count fingers and toes. This is one of the best ways to work on numbers with toddlers.
Once they get the hang of it, ask how many fingers you’re holding up to test their skills.
Talk About Numbers Everyday
Talking about and asking number questions throughout the day can be very helpful when your child is learning numbers.
If your child helps set the table, have them give each plate a fork and count them as they go. You can count pieces of fruit on their lunch plate or goldfish in their snack bag.
Read Number Books
Books are a wonderful way to learn almost anything – they’re a gateway for learning. Number books show kids numbers and corresponding objects, and they help expose your child to different ideas about numbers and early math skills.
Believe it or not, you can find all sorts of amazing number books to expose your child to counting. They won’t even realize they’re learning!
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on The Bed by Eileen Christelow
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
- Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra
- One Fox: A Counting Book by Kate Read
- Blue Ridge Babies 1, 2, 3: A Counting Book by Laura Sperry Gardner
- My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore
Use Printable Sheets
Printables so versatile, and you really can find printables for everything. They are one of my favorite learning tools!
No matter if you want to work on number skills like number recognition, writing numbers, or putting numbers in order, you can find printables – free and paid – that do just that!
The best place to get started with counting and number printables is right here. I have some free ones available for parents to use.
- Thanksgiving Counting and Numbers Printables
- Halloween Counting Printables: Free Printables for Preschoolers
- Turkey Counting Feathers Activity Free Printable
- Free Printable Winter Counting Clip Cards for Preschool
Use Flash Cards
Flashcards are great for some kids, and they’re one way to introduce numbers zero to nine to your child. You can use flashcards in many ways like having your child arrange the numbers in the correct sequence, or use them to play number Go Fish.
I use Go Fish as a way to teach kids numbers and letters, and all kids love it!
How to Use this Hundreds Chart
Using this hundreds chart is super easy, from the moment you download it to when you are using it to teach.
To make it easy, I will list step-by-step directions on using this printable and how you can teach with it.
Step by Step Directions on How To Use this Printable
Simply click the download here button. You will be taken to a page to insert your name and email address. Then the printable will be emailed to you!
You will be sent a file that contains both versions of the hundreds chart printable. From there, you can use this printable in tons of different ways!
Materials needed to use this hundreds chart:
There are so many ways to use the hundreds chart, and you probably have most of the items around your house! Some of my favorite items to use on a hundreds chart are:
- Spare Game Pieces
- Dot Markers
Simply have your little ones fill the chart with 100 items to help with one-to-one correspondence, number sense, and counting skills!
As a bonus, you can also have your learners trace the numbers at the bottom of this free printable hundreds chart!
Tips for Making the Numbers Chart More Engaging:
Let’s face it, young kiddos can get bored easily so keeping activities fun and engaging is key! Here are my tips for making the numbers chart more engaging!
- Offer rewards for a job well done (candy, stickers, etc)
- Keep activities at a good length, don’t draw them out
- Rotate activities frequently
Other Ways to Use the Free Printable Hundreds Chart
I’ve made a list of fun ways to use the free printable hundreds chart! These activities are fun and educational!
Skip counting is an important skill to learn. Skip counting is a building block of multiplication and mental math.
Start with 2’s and work your way up. You can have your kiddo color every 2 in the hundreds chart, and so on through 10.
If you are wanting to laminate the hundreds chart so that it is reusable you can totally do that!
My kids love using dry erase markers on printables that I laminate, and they can use them over and over again in various ways.
Cut Into a Puzzle
Cut your hundreds chart into a puzzle! You can do this various different ways, but the idea is to cut different sized blocks and have your preschooler piece them together!
Color Odds and Evens
Learning what odd and even numbers are is an important skill to have. Being able to identify odd and even numbers helps tremendously with division.
Have your preschooler color odds one color and evens a different color. You can use something like cheerios as a visual when coloring to they can see the difference.
First to 100 Wins!
I love a good dice game! Grab a die and a few rogue game pieces we both know you have laying around!
Roll the die, the number you get is the amount of spaces you get to skip. For example, say we are starting and I roll a 4, I would skip to the number 4. Then, I roll a 2, I would skip 2 spaces to 6.
This is a great game to practice addition.
Number Clue Game
This game is so fun for little ones to engage in. Start with: “I’m thinking of a number, from 1-100.” Then, they have to ask questions about the number.
A good question might be: “Is the number smaller or larger than 50?” or “Is the number odd or even”.
If it helps they can cross out the numbers they guessed or are ruled out on the hundreds chart.
Using change is a great way to teach about numbers and money. You can use pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to skip count!
Rounding is another important math skill to have. I use rounding a lot to do mental math.
Explain to your kiddos what rounding is and why it is important. Then throw out a number like 12 and ask your little one to round to the nearest 10.
Use the hundreds chart as a point of reference. If they are having trouble, you can color the number and skip forwards and back to the nearest 10 options (kind of using the chart like a number line).
Print out one copy of the black and white on a white sheet of paper, the print out the black and white version but on a colored sheet of paper.
Next, cut the colored sheet into vertical strips. Have your preschooler match up the numbers by laying the colored strip on top of the black and white sheet.
First to 0 Wins!
Similar to the First to 100, except this time we are starting at 100 and going backwards. This game is great for learning subtraction skills.
Whatever you roll you subtract from the number you are at. Say you are at 96 and roll a 6, you would skip back 6 spaces.
A hundreds chart is a simple chart that can inspire tons of learning. Number sense is so important to develop in children.
What are some ways you like to use the hundreds chart? Share in the comments below!
Looking for other fun number activities? Try one of my number activity mats from my shop! This Rainbow Themed number activity mat is great for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students! Each page focuses on one number, and your student or child can follow the instructions to build the 10 frames with counters, trace, write, add, circle, and use counters again to count and cover the number of items at the bottom.