Activity for ages 4 to 7.

These bright and colorful** hundred charts** are a simple, hands-on way to help kids build number sense. Children can easily count on (22, 23, 24…), identify patterns (10, 20, 30…) and understand more and less (10 is more than 4…) There are so many simple ways to work on important math skills with just one colorful freebie.

*This post is sponsored by ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers.*

## Getting Ready

To prep, I printed six copies of the hundred chart puzzles **{HERE} **on different colors of ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers cardstock. I was in a rainbow kinda’ mood but you could really choose anything.

I cut apart each hundred chart differently to help my kids practice matching numbers in a variety of ways. I cut one into vertical columns, another horizontally, and the rest I separated into funky chunks like this:

I slid each hundred chart puzzle into a bag and invited my boys over to join me.

## Why Does It Have 120?

Before I go any further, I better stop and explain why this hundred chart includes numbers up to 120. Kinda’ weird, but I promise it’s not a mistake.

Ask a young child what number comes after 100 and you’ll likely hear something like “110” or “200”. It can be confusing for new mathematicians to understand the patterns that happen after the number 100 if they don’t see them. So Common Core Math Standards now encourage kids to practice the numbers up to 120 instead of stopping at 100. And that’s why I designed these hundred charts to reach past that magic number 100. Makes sense, right?!

## Hundred Chart Puzzles

With the eye-catching puzzles in hand, I invited my boys to pick a bag and start piecing together the puzzle pieces. Big Brother {age 5} eagerly got to work on a funky chunk puzzle that challenged him to think “What comes next?” and “What number is below that one?”

The activity was much more challenging for Little Brother so I gave him a white hundred chart he could use as a guide and had him build his puzzle on top of it.

After several focused minutes, both boys finished their first puzzle and grabbed a new bag. The hundred chart puzzles were a motivating, hands-on way to help them see how those 120 numbers fit together. Literally.

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What a simple, brilliant idea! My son loves numbers and we have a hundred square at home which we play “missing numbers” with! He is a bit young for this now but I know in a year or so he will love it, so I am saving the idea for later. Thank you!

I’m thrilled that the hundred chart puzzles are helpful, Marianne!!

This is a simple, but absolutely genius idea!

Great idea thank you – using this with my year 1s tomorrow!

Thank you so much for this freebie. I have some 3rd graders that are in dire need of understanding the patterns in math. I think this will be a big help for them.

Hello,

I would love a copy….just can’t seem to find where to download it 🙂

Thanks

After being asked to help my school’s Yr 2 students with number patterns, I found your awesome puzzle game…looking forward to testing it out tomorrow! Thank you so much…

Hooray Tricia! I’m thrilled that the hundred chart puzzles will come in handy for your Year 2 students. I hope they love them!

Malia