Hundred Board: 10+ Fun Ways to Learn With This Montessori Resource!

10+ Ways to Learn with a Wooden Montessori Hundred Board
Wood hundred board and printable bilingual Hundred Chart

Although free math learning opportunities are present in regular every day life, I’m so happy that we bought a Montessori Wood Hundred Board.

The Hundred Board is among our favorite math resources, and I highly recommend it for preschoolers and elementary school students!

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Fun ways to use a Hundred Board

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Why we love the Montessori Hundred Board

When it comes to learning, 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.

Initially, I was not planning on buying a physical board since my daughter loves to use our paper hundred chart.  But our wood hundred board has been a worthwhile investment. Over the past 2 years, both of my kids have used it often!

In addition to strengthening fine motor skills, my kids have enjoyed color patterning as well as counting and skip counting practice!

Where to buy the Hundred board

In my opinion, I prefer the Treasures from Jennifer board over the the traditional Montessori Hundred board. The round dimples make the board more versatile.

Available in beautifully finished, dark walnut or light maple wood, the board comes with colorful wool balls or wood balls. Number coins and alphabet coins are available separately.

10+ Ways to Learn with a Wooden Montessori Hundred Board

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!

Note: Due to risks of choking, small objects used with this board should be placed out of reach from babies, toddlers, and children who mouth objects.

1. Sort pompoms by color

Wood hundred board with pom poms

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 with a Hundred Board

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.

Counting and sorting rocks with a Wooden Montessori Hundred Board

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 with a Hundred Board

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.

Tip: Teach the number symbol only after the child understands the concept of rational counting rather than rote counting.

Counting and sorting rocks with a Wooden Montessori Hundred BoardCounting and sorting rocks with a Wooden Montessori Hundred Board

4. Arrange the numbers chronologically in a Hundred Board

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.

Arrange the numbers chronologically in a Hundred Board

5. Learn even and odd numbers with a Hundred Board

With the pom poms and number coins, you can demonstrate how even and odd number patterns.

Learn even and odd numbers with a Hundred Board

6. Learn how to skip count with a Hundred Board

Here’s an example of skip counting by 3s!  As a control, my daughter uses our printable Hundred Chart for reference to check her skip counting work independently.

Learn even and odd numbers with a Hundred Board

7. Hundred board: practice addition / subtraction with a dice game!

Dice games are a really fun way that we practice math!  Starting with an empty board, roll a dice, and add that quantity of balls.  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 quantity of balls.  Then roll again and add that many.  Continue until the board is empty.

Large wood dice for playing, learning, and math games

We love this large wood dice set, and we also like these blank DIY wood dice as shown in this Chinese wood radical characters activity!

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!

Strengthen fine motor skills with play dough!
9. Multiplication Board

Since Treasures from Jennifer accepts requests for customization, you can request the number coins for the Multiplication table! 

Before getting this versatile hundred board, I bought the red Montessori Pythogoras Multiplication Board.  In hindsight, I probably did not need both boards!

If you have limited space and budget, getting one board with different number coin sets is something to consider.

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.

Treasures from Jennifer also accepts language customization requests! That being said, while my children have used our number coins countless times, they have rarely used our alphabet coins.

Montessori letter colors spelling game
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.

What do you think of the hundred board?

Do you have other teaching ideas?  We would love to learn from you!  Please leave a comment or tag @chalkacademy on Instagram and Facebook!

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Happy playful learning, friends!

3 Comments

    1. Hi Lily! Shopping information is in the “Where to Buy” section of the post. Please re-read the post to find that section. Thank you!

  1. Hi Betty! This is a great post. Thank you! I see you bought the coins with pegs. Jennifer also has a no-peg version. I’d guess the no-peg version might be more versatile, as the coins lay flat…but I wonder if they slip/slide around the board (given there’s no peg)? Just curious about your child’s experience with the pegged coins. I’d love your thoughts! Thank you, Marisa

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