Free Hundred Chart and 10 Ways to Use It

A hundred chart is a surprisingly simple way to teach a lot of math skills. For instance, you can use a hundred chart to teach kids number sequencing (1, 2, 3), patterns (each column on the chart ends in the same digit) and skip counting (10, 20, 30, etc.). Grab your free printable hundred chart (below) and then check out some of my favorite ways to use it.

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Why 120 instead of 100?

Before I go any further, I better stop and explain why this hundred chart includes numbers up to 120.  I promise this isn’t a mistake!

Ask a first grader 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.

How to Use the Hundred Chart

After printing the hundred chart, there are tons of fun ways to use it. Have another idea to add to the list? Please share it in the comments below. I always love discovering new activities.

1. Give kids a dot marker or crayon and have them color in numbers as they skip count. They could count by tens (10, 20, 30…) by twos (2, 4, 6, 8…). etc.

2. Print two copies of the hundred chart – one on white cardstock and one on color. Cut the colored copy into strips lengthwise. Picking up one strip at a time, have kids lay the colored strip on top of its matching white column.

Free printable hundred chart puzzles!
3. Print a copy of the blank hundred chart. Fill in some numbers and then have your kids fill in the rest. The more numbers you write first, the easier the activity is, so this is an easy one to differentiate for different ability levels.

4. Cut the hundred chart into chunks like a puzzle. Then have students piece it together again.

FREE Hundred Chart Puzzles. Great for number sense!

5. Teach kids how to count dimes by laying them on the hundred chart. The first dime would go on the 10. The next dime would rest on the 20 and so on.

Free Hundred Chart plus 10 ways to use it!

6. Make a peek-a-boo cross that shows kids the relationship between a number and the other numbers touching it.

tumblr_m228ye1l391qbr8m0o1_5007. Have pairs of students race each other to 100. Player One rolls the die and moves his playing piece that many spaces. Then, it’s Player Two’s turn to roll and move. The first player to reach 100 first is the winner.

8. Make number flaps using these free printables. // One Lesson at a Time

hundreds flaps

9. Have kids color all of the even numbers 0, 2, 4, 6 and so on and then color all of the odd numbers. Notice how the even and odd numbers are aligned in columns. // Education to the Core


10. And finally, have kids find the mystery picture with this free challenge. // Made by Teachers


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  1. Rose

    Wonderful! Thank you, I was trying to find additional activities to do and this gives a great start. Thanks for posting.

  2. Brenda

    Thank you so much! I am a busy substitute teacher, so unless I’m long-terming I don’t have to plan lessons. But I’m also tutoring a friend’s foster care children, and these ideas were just what I was looking for to help them with their number sense!

  3. Lisa Griffin

    Excellent ideas to help students develop number sense! Thank you!!

    • Kimberleigh

      Hello Lisa,
      Thanks so much for the kind words- we love to hear from our online family!
      I hope you find hours of inspiration for you and your students.
      Kimberleigh // Happiness Ambassador

  4. Monica

    Thank you so much for this printable chart, we’ve been using them now for 2 years in our home school 🙂

    • Kimberleigh

      Hooray Monica!
      We love to hear that and are so excited you found an awesome tool for your homeschool!
      If we can help you find anything, please let us know.



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