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Introduce your preschooler to larger numbers with this DIY Race to 100 Math Game.

I got this poster at a dollar store to make a game for N (4.5 years old) to introduce and explore bigger numbers.

Once I got it home I realized the way the numbers were jumbled on the poster would be overwhelming so I cut it into strips.

Then I taped them together to form one long number line.

The number line stretched across the room and when N walked in she said, “Whoa! That is A LOT of fish!”.

“It’s 100 fish! Do you want to have a race to 100?”.

Picking out our favorite characters to race with built the excitement. Brittany vs. The Flash.

### How to Play:

1. Roll the die.
2. Move your character that many spaces.
3. Say the number you land on.
4. The first player to get to 100 wins!

At first, I helped her name the numbers she landed on.

The more experience she had with the numbers, the more her confidence grew and she was so proud of herself.

### Other Ideas and Tips:

• It is a neat experience for your child to see what 100 of something looks like. However, it took a long time to finish the game. Racing to 50 is another option.
• B (7 years old) played the second game with us and had just as much fun. Naming the numbers wasn’t a challenge for him, but without even realizing it he was working with a number line and talking about how many ahead (or behind) he was and how many he needed to win.
• Play with 2 dice to add a twist.
• Mark the half way point (50) on the number line. “The Flash is half way there!”.
• Marking off the number families (20s, 30s, 40s etc.) can be helpful for preschoolers identifying numbers.
• Relating the numbers that you land on to real life makes a strong connection for your child. “35! That is how old you are, Mom.” or “82! That is our house number.”
• Stand up and do a happy dance when you land on the number of your age or a number like 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, or 99.
• If you land on 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 0r 90 get an extra roll of the die.

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