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!
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).
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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.
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.
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.
Download hundred chart in English, Chinese, or Korean
Other recommended supplies
- White printer paper
- Colorful printer paper
- Scissors and/or paper trimmer
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!
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
Skip counting by 5 / Multiplication by 5
Skip count by 10 / Multiplication by 10
Learn basic addition and subtraction
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
With colored pencils, create a rainbow and colorful patterns with even numbers, odd numbers, and multiples!
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
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!
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.
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.
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
If you’re looking for something even more hands-on, check out our review of the versatile wood 100 board!
More Montessori-inspired learning
- Our favorite hands-on Montessori-Inspired learning tools from small shops on Etsy
- Montessori Pythagoras Board and Bilingual Multiplication Table (English and Chinese)
- Montessori Multiplication and Division Boards