Counting with the 100s Chart

Recommended Age: 5+ | Mathematical Topic: Counting

What To Do

Nowadays, a lot of kindergarten teachers want kids to know how to count to 100 by ones. The 100s chart can help a lot with this, and it also can help your child understand the structure of our number system.

You can download 100’s charts online or make your own by marking a 10 x 10 grid on paper or cardboard. You and your child can fill in the numbers together.

After your chart is finished, you can look for patterns, like reading from top to bottom, all of the ones are the same but the tens change (e.g., 2, 12, 22, 32, 42 … etc.)

You can also make up games, like covering some of the squares and asking your child what number goes there.

You can also count by 2’s or 5’s or 10’s, or start counting in the middle instead of the beginning.

Moving On

When your child can start anywhere in the 100s chart and count correctly, it’s a good sign that he or she understands the counting system.