Counting To 100

Counting to 100 can be lots of fun with these creative counting games. Try all 3 of them. You can print off the chart of 100 little things below. Have fun!!

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100 Little Things Chart

Skill: Counting to 100

The helpful chart, 100 Little Things, can be used in many ways. Use just the first page to practice numbers 1-50, or use both pages together to practice 1-100.

Note: While students can write the numbers 1 – 100 below the objects for excellent counting and writing practice, the following 3 games use the chart without numbering the objects.

Game #1

Number of players: 4
Skills: Counting to 100
Object of the game: Earn more points than the other players.
Supplies: A copy of the 100 Little Things chart for each player, pencils, one piece of paper for the group to keep score.

To Play:

  1. Decide which player is the first Counter. This player secretly chooses a number from 1 to 100 and counts forward this many spaces on his chart. He notes the object in that space.
  2. The Counter announces his number to the other players.
  3. The 3 players each count on their chart. As soon as they reach the space, they call out the name of the object in that space.
  4. The first person to announce the correct object earns one point. In case of a tie, more than one person may be given a point.
  5. One of the players records the points.
  6. The player to the left of the first Counter becomes the second Counter. Play continues as above.
  7. The game ends when time runs out, or when each player has been the Counter three times.
  8. The player with the most points is the winner.

Are you ready for another counting game....have a look at the next activity for teaching counting below.

Game #2

Number of players: 2 – 4
Object of the game: Be the first player to reach the last space on the chart.
Supplies: One copy of the 100 Little Things chart for the group to share, a marker for each player, a pair of dice.
Preparation: Print one copy of the chart for the group.

To Play:

  1. All players put their markers outside the space with the black pointing hand.
  2. Players roll the dice to see who starts. Player with the lowest number goes first, second lowest goes second, etc.
  3. The first player rolls the dice and makes a two-digit number with the result. For example, this roll could be 52 or 25. He moves his marker forward that number of spaces in the chart.
  4. The first player to reach (or go beyond) the smiley face wins.

Game #3

Number of players: Whole class
Skills: Counting to 100
Object of the game: Follow the teacher’s directions and optionally, win a prize
Supplies: A copy of the 100 Little Things chart and a pencil for each student, (optional) small prizes to award such as stickers or small treats.

To Play:

  1. Each student numbers his paper from 1 to 7.
  2. The teacher calls out the first direction. (See examples below).
  3. Each student counts on his own chart. He circles the object/number that is reached.
  4. The teacher continues with the remaining instructions in the same manner.
  5. At the end of 7 directions, the teacher announces all the objects that should be circled as each child grades his own paper.
  6. (Optional) Every student with all the right answers receives a prize.

Sample directions:

  1. Start at the bell. Count forward 37 spaces. What shape/letter is there? (J)
  2. How many spaces are between the W and the crayon? (40)
  3. Start at the clock. Count backward 19 spaces. What shape/letter is on that space? (X)
  4. Start at the Q. Count forward 51 spaces. What shape/letter is there? (two-sided arrow)
  5. How many spaces are between the L and the T? (60)
  6. Start at the V. Count backward 46 spaces. What shape/letter is there? (scissors)
  7. Start at the trash can. Count forward 31 spaces. Then count backward 12 spaces. What shape/letter is there? (cell phone)

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