15 Fun Ways to Learn with a Hundred Chart in English, Chinese, Korean

100 Chart Printable Activity Pack for Home or School

Want to help your child build a strong math foundation? A hundred chart is one of the best tools, and you can print it out today! Counting, patterns, addition, subtraction, multiplication – kids can learn tons of concepts from the humble hundred chart. Your child or student can try these fun and simple math activities at home or school!

How to use a 100 chart to build a strong math foundation

Since we’re raising multilingual children, I created a 100 chart printable with 3 language versions:

  • Arabic numerals 1, 2, 3… (also known as European digits)
  • Chinese numerals 一二三… (yī’èrsān..), and
  • Korean numbers (Sino Korean & Native Korean).
Daughter drawing the hundred chart and multiplication table while speaking in Chinese
Daughter drawing 100 chart on whiteboard easel

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What age can a child start using a hundred chart?

A hundred chart is so versatile. It can be used by toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and lower elementary aged children!

Learning during early childhood can vary so much from kid to kid – even siblings! Just to give an example, my daughter started using our hundred chart when she was 3 years old. On the other hand, my 5-year-old son is just beginning to explore it. Many kids continue to use a hundred chart in first, second, and third grade.

Printable 100 Chart Coloring in Korean and English

What kids should know before using a hundred chart

Before introducing the hundred chart, kids should be able to count verbally. They should also understand one-to-one correspondence.

For example, they should understand that number 1 represents one object, number 2 represents two objects, and so on. These concrete concepts are needed before focusing on abstract number symbols.

Bilingual Chinese English Montessori Spindle Box
Practicing counting with a DIY Montessori spindle box

How to simplify a hundred chart for younger kids

In the beginning, the full page of numbers can be overwhelming. If that’s the case – no worries!

You can make the chart smaller and less intimidating by cutting out numbers 1-10.

Then try 1-20, and gradually work your way up to 100.

Which language should bilingual kids use to learn counting?

Kids can learn how to count in multiple languages simultaneously! They have amazingly absorbent brains.

While kids can learn languages in any order, I generally recommend focusing on the minority language first, because they will spend their school years immersed in the dominant community language.

Related: Raising Trilingual Children as a Non-Fluent Parent: 8 Lessons Learned

Download hundred chart in English, Chinese, or Korean

Other recommended supplies

  1. White printer paper
  2. Colorful printer paper
  3. Scissors and/or paper trimmer
  4. Optional:

15 fun ways to teach with a hundred chart

Here are just a few ideas that your child can try today!

Introduce counting and reading the numbers

Modeling how to read a hundred chart is the foundational step. Show your child or student how to start from 1, read from left to right, and then go row-by-row.

Make a number matching puzzle

With colored card stock paper, print extra copies of the hundred chart. Then cut the colorful paper into strips and different shapes for your child to piece together the number matching puzzle!

Using a hundred chart as a number matching puzzle for kids

Practice skip counting

Here’s another way to use the colorful card stock paper again! Print extra copies of the hundred chart. Then use scissors or a paper trimmer to cut split the numbers up into doubles, 5s, and 10s.

Skip counting by 2 / Multiplication by 2

Practice skip counting by 2 - DIY math puzzle for kids

Skip counting by 5 / Multiplication by 5

Practice skip counting by 5 - DIY math puzzle for kids

Skip count by 10 / Multiplication by 10

Practice skip counting by 10 - DIY math puzzle for kids

Learn basic addition and subtraction

Hundred Chart - 10+ Fun Teaching Ideas in Chinese, Korean, and English

Using our template, cut a window with an X-acto knife, and practice adding and subtracting by 1 or by 10.

Use the hundred chart as a coloring page

Practice counting to 100 by coloring!

With colored pencils, create a rainbow and colorful patterns with even numbers, odd numbers, and multiples!

Race to 100!

Hundred chart game - roll the dice and race to 100

Have a race with small rocks, pom poms, beans, pennies, or other small objects! Roll the dice, and move the small object X number of spaces according to the dice. See who gets to 100 first!

Create letters and numbers with dot stickers

Cover numbers with stickers in a cool pattern, and guess the matching numbers! Older kids can practicing writing in the numbers.

Make shapes and patterns with dot stickers

Hundred chart dot stickers

If your child is a sticker-lover, you can create so many shapes and patterns! In the past, we’ve used dot stickers to make shapes, flowers, and even a Christmas tree! Write in the number that’s covered, and peel off the sticker to check your answer!

As shown below, dot stickers can also be used for skip-counting practice!

Hundred Chart - 10+ Fun Teaching Ideas in Chinese, Korean, and English

Related: 30 Chinese Dot Sticker Learning Activities for Kids (Printables)

Learn about money

Use pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters with the hundred chart! This can be a fun, hands-on way to learn about the value of each coin.

Hundred Chart - 10+ Fun Teaching Ideas in Chinese, Korean, and English

Play with math link cubes

These popular mathlink cubes fits our hundred chart squares. They can be linked together to count by pairs or other groups, and the sides of each cube have geometric shapes.

Learning Resources Mathlink Cubes - Counting and Math Education

Mix multiple languages together!

In the past, my daughter has used our Montessori hundred chart in all 3 languages at the same time!

Just for fun, she would start counting in Chinese, switch to Korean, then finish in English. Hearing her switch fluidly between languages is always a fascinating brain workout!

Get the 100 Chart here!

Montessori hundred board

Montessori Hundred Chart and Hundred Board

If you’re looking for something even more hands-on, check out our review of the versatile wood 100 board!

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Happy learning, friends!

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