When I taught mathematics I remember having a giant hundred’s chart in my classroom we would work on counting backwards and forwards from different numbers, skip count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and look at odd and even numbers on the chart. The visual representation of the numbers in a block made it easier for some of the students to grasp the concepts in the first few years of school. I also had sets of hundred charts that the kids used one of my favourite ways to use them were in pairs with a die and get them to race to 100. With the very youngest the die would be a standard 6 sided one with numbers or dots but as we progressed I switched out for different numbers – using addition and subtraction on one of the chalkboard dice I had made changed the game around and challenged children a little more. This Easter Themed Race to 100 Maths Game is perfect for practising basic addition and subtraction.
Materials Needed for your Easter Race to 100 Number Game
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Easter Game Board – you can download when you join our Hands-on Activities for Kids newsletter
Printer – we use an HP Envy with Instant Ink in the Rainy Day House and find it very cost effective and produces excellent print quality
Chalkboard Die – instructions on making your own here
Chalkboard Pen that you can erase when finished the game
Two coloured markers
Easter Chicks (these are used as counters so you could switch these for normal counters but I like the theme)
Check out the Egg and Chick Maths Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers to work on Single Digit Addition and Subtraction.
This is an activity aimed at Year 1 & 2 Mathematics from the UK National Curriculum and 1st and 2nd Grade Common Core Standards in the USA, it works on:
- Counting – up to 100
- Counting on the hundred chart
- Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
- Given a number, identify one more and one less
- Count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in tens from any number, forward and backward
How to Play your Easter Race to 100 Game
- Print out the Game Board – you could laminate it and use dry erase markers with the game.
- Label the die with ‘+1’, ‘+2’, ‘+5’, ‘-1’, ‘-2’ and ‘-5’.
- Place your player counters on the first square and each player takes their turn to roll the first player that has an addition starts.
- Count the number of places forward or back and colour in the square.
- Take turns moving the counters backwards and forwards until a player reaches 100 and wins the race.
More Hundred Chart Games
- Wacky Hundred Chart Puzzles from Better than Homework
- Make a Giant Driveway Hundred Chart from Creative Family Fun
- Sticky Hundred Chart Activity from Coffee Cups and Crayons
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