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Build a 100 Chart Game

Several years ago, I posted a Six-Sided 100 chart printable on this blog.  It was a good project, but I never got it to full usefulness, because I couldn't figure out what I wanted to use for a tray.  Now that my kids are ready for 100-chart work, I thought I'd remake the set and actually finish it.

I started with an old Last Word Game from the 1980's, which has a 10x10 grid with little crevices for supporting the blocks.  Then, I bought a pack of 100 0.75" wood cubes and printed my dice sides off my computer.  Working in small batches, I placed packing tape over the printed numbers and then cut them out and affixed them to the wood with a glue stick.

I tried to make every dice exactly the same so that it was easier to turn them from one side to another when they were already on the board.  For example, the black and white side was side 1, then the rainbow side was to the left of that and the monster was to the right.  I tried to keep the orientation of all the numbers the same direction as well.

girl playing game on 100 chart board

My kids love the game I invented for them!  We sit around the board and everyone gets 10 blocks.  Starting at zero, we call out each number (anyone have the zero, the one, the two, etc).  If you have it, you put it on the board.  If you give up one block, then you get to pull another one from the bag.  By not putting numbers on the board in the exact order, it's been easier for the kids to see the patterns and to see what's missing.  My boys can't even count to 100 yet, but they've already learned the patterns of having all the ones math and all the tens number be the same in a row.  It also helps us to work on "what's missing" as we fill in the holes.

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rainbow 100 chart

As you can see, there are two versions of the numbers, one in black and white and one with rainbow colors.  The rainbow matches the giant 100 chart on our wall and separates the numbers into 10's for easier identification.  When a child is first starting the chart, the rainbow version might be the best since the child can group by color and then figure out each set separately.

As the child progresses through the 100 chart and learning their numbers, they can use the special sides of the dice to make patterns or play games.  By flipping the dice to exclude certain numbers, other numbers on the chart pop up to show their similarities.  After showing the monster odd number board to my daughter, she understood what I had been trying to tell her for months!  It's great to have hands-on options that allows kids to explore math concepts.  The PDF comes with the option of using monsters, Mickey Mouse, donuts, gingerbread men, and lady bugs.

My kids aren't ready for this side of the dice yet (and I'll probably end up doing a separate printable when they are), but the multiplication chart side is designed to help kids see the pattern in the numbers.  The numbers on the outside (top and left) are the factors and then the middle is the products.  They can trace the different colors to find the square roots too.  Look for more multiplication coming up in the near future.

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