When it comes to children’s education, nothing beats hands-on experiences. A strong math foundation begins with touching, feeling, and holding various items while observing, sorting, and evaluating their quantity, shape, and size. Although free math learning opportunities are present in regular every day life, I’m so happy that we bought a Montessori Wood Hundred Board. It is among our favorite math resources, and I highly recommend it for preschoolers and elementary school students!
Why we love the Montessori Hundred Board
Initially, I was not planning on buying a physical Hundred Board since my daughter loves to use our free printable Hundred Chart. But the wood Hundred Board created by Treasures from Jennifer was a worthwhile investment that we have used very frequently over the past several months! In addition to strengthening fine motor skills, my kids have enjoyed color patterning as well as counting and skip counting practice!
In my opinion, I prefer this board over the the traditional Montessori Hundred board, because the round dimples make the board so versatile. Available in beautifully finished, dark walnut or light maple wood, the board comes with colorful wool balls or wood balls. At extra cost, you can buy number coins or alphabet coins for reading practice! Treasures from Jennifer also accepts language customization requests!
Please note that this is not a sponsored post. We just love our hundred board, and we are big fans of Treasure From Jennifer!
10+ ways to use the wooden Montessori Hundred Board
I’m excited to show you how my children have been using the Montessori Hundred Board for playful learning! Please note that small objects used with this board should be placed out of reach from babies and toddlers who are mouthing objects due to the risk of choking.
1. Sort pompoms by color
An easy way to start using the board is to sort the wool pom poms by color!
2. Count rocks, pom poms, and other small objects
We have had a lot of fun counting rocks and pom poms! While placing one object in a dimple, you can practice counting out loud slowly and carefully with your child. The engraved lines divide the board into 4 quadrants and also separate each row into groups of 5. This will help a child “subitize” numbers, essentially the ability to eyeball a number of items quickly without counting each item individually.
After we counted our colorful crystals, we sorted the colors by row into a rainbow! As you can see, the benefits include strengthening fine motor skills, learning patterns, visual discrimination, and creating art!
3. Learn 1:1 correspondence
The little round dimples are perfect for teaching 1:1 correspondence. We placed 1 rock next to number 1, 2 rocks next to number 2, 3 rocks next number 3, and so forth. Note: I recommend teaching the number symbol only after your child understands the concept of rational counting rather than rote counting.
4. Arrange the numbers chronologically
The number coins are a necessary add-on, and they are great for teaching number sequencing. If your child has trouble finding the correct number, you can group the coins by 10s so the desired number is easier to find.
5. Learn even and odd numbers
With the pom poms and number coins, you can demonstrate how even and odd number patterns.
6. Learn how to skip count
The Hundred Board is also helpful for skip counting practice. Here’s an example of skip counting by 3s! As a control, my daughter uses our printable Hundred Chart for reference to check her work independently.
7. Practice addition / subtraction with dice game!
Dice games are a really fun way that we practice math! Starting with an empty board, roll a dice, and add that many balls to the board. Then roll again and add that many. Continue until the board is full.
Alternatively, start with a full board, roll a dice, and subtract that many balls to the board. Then roll again and add that many. Continue until the board is empty.
8. Strengthen fine motor skills with play dough!
My daughter loves to mold different shapes with play dough, and she especially likes to pretend to make little mochi balls! We have rolled so many together and are now experts in making them smooth and similar in size!
9. Multiplication Board
Since Treasures from Jennifer accepts requests for customization, you can request the number coins for the Multiplication table! I love that you don’t have to get a entire separate table to teach Multiplication. I bought the red Montessori Pythogoras Multiplication Chart before getting this versatile hundred board; in hindsight, I probably did not need both boards!
10. Build words with letters
We recently got English alphabet coins to practice building words! Following the Montessori colors, red is for consonants and blue is for vowels. Since my daughter tends to skip the vowel when she’s sounding out words to spell, the blue color is a helpful reminder for her.
11. Teach geographic coordinates
You can use the engraved lines to represent latitude (north-south) and longitude (east-west) coordinates of a map! For example, you can put a pom pom at the coordinate that is 4 degrees west and 7 degrees south from the center.
12. Introduce graphing concepts
The engraved lines can also represent X and Y axis of a graph, and you can teach positive and negative numbers by designating the middle point as 0. For example, you can look for -5 on the X axis by moving 5 dimples to the left of the center.
Do you have other teaching ideas with this Hundred Board? We would love to learn from you! Please leave a comment or tag @chalkacademy on Instagram and Facebook! You’re also welcome to share a photo with our Facebook group, Montessori-inspired Kids Learning Chinese and English! We love to see how other families do educational activities!
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