# Brilliant Ways to Use a Hundreds Chart

In my shopping for homeschool curriculum this year, I was able to find all sorts of wonderful math manipulatives at really *amazing prices (thank you, consignment sales)*.

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One small thing I picked up is a **hundreds chart**. It doesn’t look like much (mine especially, it’s rather well used), but it’s an **incredibly useful tool** for learning and practicing all sorts of math!

If you would like a nice, beautiful poster to hang, you can grab one here, but you can also download and print a variety of colors from Contented at Home, which are always nice because kids can write on them, or cut them up! 😉

Some **basic math skills** we will be using our hundreds chart for this year are:

**Recognizing Large Numbers**– A great way to combine number recognition and literacy is to try these Mystery Letters for the hundreds chart.**Practicing skip counting**– my daughter had gotten very good at skip counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s last year, but will no doubt need a refresher. A hundreds chart provides a nice visual. It’s also fun to see what kinds of**patterns**are made by coloring various multiples.**Addition and Subtraction**– there are many ways to practice adding and subtracting with a hundreds chart. For example, you could use the free printable game cards from the Sidewalk Chalk Number Line Race to**play to 100**instead of 20. Or try adding an entire row or an entire column.**Counting On**– Even though she knows how to count by 5’s starting from 0, it’s a whole other story to count by 5’s (or 2’s, etc.) when starting from a random number.**Counting Money**– My daughter also struggled with counting coins of various denominations, so this year we will use the hundreds chart as a tool to aid in this skill.

**A few other early math games**:

**Hundreds Chart Nim**– This is great way to practice addition skills, for 2-3 players**Euclids Game**– Another fun game to practice addition and subtraction skills, for 2-3 players

And I’m so excited to share today something that I made just for my daughter (because she LOVES drawing and coloring): **Hundreds Chart Hidden Pictures**!

This set of addition pages is free to download and easy to use! Just have your child (or students) answer each of the addition problems (single digit addition), and then **color in the corresponding square** in the hundreds chart.

**{Click HERE to go to my shop and download the set of Hundreds Chart Hidden Pictures!}**

After completing all the problems and coloring the correct squares, they will see a picture in the chart! (I’ll let the pictures be a surprise, but I will tell you they are “Fall” themed. 🙂 )

While I will be using it with her to work on early (first grade) math skills, there are actually ways you could explore numbers with the hundreds chart with your older children!

**Here are a few ideas:**

**Sequences and Patterns**– Much of mathematics centers around finding and making sense of patterns. Try creating a sequence and see if your child can find the next 3 numbers and explain their answer. Or let them look for patterns in the numbers.**Find my number**– Give your child clues about the number you’re thinking of using more advanced math, i.e. “my number is a multiple of 8 that’s less than 40 but more than 30,” or even algebra, i.e. “3 times my number plus 5 is 17. Find my number.”**Rounding**– The girls that I tutored this Summer struggled with rounding, so a more visual approach may be to give them a number, and then let them use the hundreds chart to decide which way to round it.**Play the Factors and Multiples Game**– Player 1 starts by crossing off a number less than 50. Player 2 must then choose a number that is a factor or multiple of that number. Play continues as each player crosses off a factor or multiple of the previous number until there is no other options left.**Compare composite and prime numbers**– follow the directions in #17 of this post for making a sieve to determine which numbers are prime. This is a great way for students to “see” what makes certain numbers prime rather than simply giving them a formal, “mathy” definition.

The list of ideas could go on and on, so I encourage you to check out the huge list of ideas at Let’s Play Math! There are some online games to play using a Hundreds Chart, as well as more brilliant ideas that aren’t included here.

And don’t forget, the classic board game, Chutes and Ladders is really just a giant hundreds chart that uses addition and subtraction to race to the finish!

So if you’re looking for a fun way to include math in your family game night, pull out Chutes and Ladders and have your kids do some **mental math** **addition** to find where they land instead of counting. Or, see if they can figure out **how many they moved backwards** when they fall down a chute.

**And most of all, HAVE FUN!**

Thank you!! A 100 chart came with my math curriculum’s manipulative pack, but I had NO idea how to use it. I mean, a kid can only count to 100 so many times. Thank you for these wonderful, doable ideas!!

Oh that’s great! I hope this gives you lots of fun ideas!! 🙂