The 100th day of school is always a fun celebration for early learners. It also blends nicely with most schools’ early learning goal of being confident with numbers to 100 – especially in Kinder and Grade 1.
- Print either the coloured or black and white game board and laminate if you wish.
- Students will need 1 die for each game board, plus a marker for each player. Any small object will be fine for this!
- Game is best for 2 or 3 players.
- Students take it in turns to roll the die and move their markers the correct number of spaces.
- When landing on a space with a forward arrow or downward slide, children should move forward the number of spaces indicated or slide their marker down to the lower linked space.
- The first to 100 is the winner.
To improve learning
Research says that counting the number on the die over and over does little to improve a child’s mathematical understanding.
Counting on from the number they are on is MUCH more effective for learning. So if they are on space 27 and throw a 3, they should count 28, 29, 30 (not 1, 2, 3).
I highly recommend taking the time to encourage your children to play the game this way, unless it is still too difficult for the stage your children are at.
You can find more information on improving mathematical learning with board games, and an explanation of this infographic at this research-based post.
I hope you get lots of use out of this Race to 100 game and wish you happy teaching and learning!
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