Counting and Times Tables Games

I am sharing a super fun and easy way to support children’s early maths skills. This 100 fingers resource can be used for all sorts of activities like times tables games that really help children grasp and practice mathematical concepts in a fun and meaningful way.

So get those fingers wiggling and join me learning to count to 100 in 1’s, 5’s and 10’s!

This post is part of  the 100th Day Blog Hop hosted by the wonderful This Reading Mama and No Doubt Learning. I’m joining over 20 other bloggers around the world from the Kid Blogger Network to bring you a variety of crafts, activities and resources to celebrate the number 100 and the 100th day of school! (Although of course these are great resources for any day of the year!)

Handprint Maths! Count to 100 in 1's, 5's and 10's with this simple Counting and Times Tables Games set from My Little 3 and Me.

We’ve all seen children using their fingers to help them count, add, subtract and multiply but of course beyond 10 it can get a bit tricky can’t it?  This is why I love this times tables resource so much; it gives the children all the fingers they need to extend their maths right up to 100 without getting in a muddle!

Count to 100 in 1's, 5's and 10's with this simple times tables games and early maths skills set. from My Little 3 and Me.

To make this times tables resource I simply photocopied the children’s hands. They thought this was great fun and we had to do it a few times because they loved it so much!

Count to 100 in 1's, 5's and 10's with this simple times tables games and early maths skills set. from My Little 3 and Me.

Here’s little Crumb with his first one. He loved it!

I found that getting the children to put their wrists close together helped give enough space to spread their fingers out. Once I’d got a good photocopy of a pair of hands I then re-copied that one until I had 10 pairs or 100 fingers in all. I decided to do 5 of each of my two boy’s hands, one child’s on white paper and one on yellow, but any colours would do.

Count to 100 in 1's, 5's and 10's with this simple times tables games and early maths skills set. from My Little 3 and Me.

Then I printed out the numbers 10, 20, 30 etc to one hundred, cut them in to rounds and stuck them in the middle of each hand. I then laminated the hands to make them stronger and more durable. Laminating this times tables resource also means that we can write on them with felt marker or dry wipe pens and erase it easily too, so they can be used again and again, which is great!

Different ways to use your 100 fingers!

There are so many ways you can use your times table resource and not just for learning times tables either! I am a great believer in learning through play and think this can easily apply to maths learning too. Here’s a few of the counting games and times table games that we’ve enjoyed with this simple resource.

Count to 100 in 1's, 5's and 10's with this simple times tables games and early maths skills set. from My Little 3 and Me.

1 to 1 Correspondence

  • The hands are really great for working on one to one correspondance for younger children.  They can match objects to each of the fingers and you could write the corresponding numbers on the fingers too if you wanted.
  • Another idea is to give them a number, say 6, and ask them to draw a ring on six fingers or add little faces o make 6 soldiers etc.
  • The fingers can also be used for adding and subtraction too. Using washable marker pen or counters children can easily see and understand these early maths concepts.

Number Bonds

  • You can use two coloured washable pens to explore number bonds to ten. For example you could mark three fingers with a red dot and children can count and mark how many more are needed to make ten.
  • This could be extended to write the numbers too
  • And then extended again, introducing mathematical symbols and writing simple number sentences e.g. 3+7=10
  • Of course these ideas could easily be used to extend the activity to number bonds to 20 too.

Count to 100 in 1's, 5's and 10's with this simple times tables games and early maths skills set. from My Little 3 and Me.

Counting to 100 and Number Formation

  • I love how easy and fun these are for children to practice counting all the way to 100 with. My children really enjoyed laying them all out in a long row and counting all the way along.
  • You could travel a car or jumping bunny etc from one numer to the next if you liked.
  • Children might also enjoy writing the corresponding numer onto each finger which gives them a great opportunity to practice their number  formation.
  • A great extension is to line the numbers up in order and give the children a number verbally or written and ask them to write or insert it in the correct place.

Count to 100 in 1's, 5's and 10's with this simple times tables games and early maths skills set. from My Little 3 and Me.

Times Tables Games

  • We’ve used this maths resource a lot for 5 and 10 times tables games. You can use the cards as they are for tens times table practise. Muddle and Sort, the cards can simply be muddled up and the children can put them in the correct order.
  • You could play a run around game of Hunt The Number. Scatter the cards around the garden or house and children can have great fun racing around trying to find the next one.
  • You can play a fun game of Times Tables Action. You scatter the cards around the floor and call out a number and an animal to pretend to be or a movement to do. The child has to move from one number card to the next in the correct order, like that animal or moving in the said way. For example slither like a snake to 60. The child can slither to 10, then 20 etc saying each numer out loud.
  • Of course by drawing on the five times table numbers you can easily adapt these ideas to the five times table too.

These are just a few of the ideas to do with all these 100 fingers, I’m sure you can think of lots more! When we’re not using our Times Tables Games Resource for hands on activities I simply hang it in a long line as a wall display, it looks pretty cool and the children love that it’s actually their hands along the wall.

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  1. My boys used this method at school. It is great

  2. Such a cool idea!!!

  3. Fabulous idea! I am a great believer that learning should be fun, and what fun this looks!

  4. This is a little way off for me yet, but i’ve book marked it in my ‘education’ folder for future reference. I think it’s so important to make learning fun!

  5. What a brilliant idea

  6. My youngest is such a visual learner and has just mastered counting to 10 using his fingers. I hope you do not mind but I shall pin this to my special needs board as I think the visual aspect will be really useful for children like mine.

  7. Awesome ideas! Will be keeping this in mind when my little one is doing his times tables! :)

  8. That is genius! Why have I never thought of it! Totally going to try this at some point :) x

  9. LOVE this – it’s just what Kitty needs at the moment – so much more engaging then a number line!

  10. Brilliant – such a clever, simple idea. Am going to share this :)

  11. What a wonderful idea. Definitely going to try this.

  12. Great idea, with 100’s Day coming up I’m on the lookout for something a little different and this is perfect!

  13. Brilliant love his blog post

  14. I agree with all the comments shared. This is a BRILLIANT idea for some “hands-on” math work. :) I love that it can be adapted for older and younger kids. Love it! Thank you for joining the Celebrate the 100th Day of School Blog Hop!

  15. What fabulous ideas! We are just starting out on our school journey, and these are sure to come in handy. x

  16. These are brilliant, my oldest two (7&4) would love this…especially photocopying their hands!! :)

  17. This is such a cool idea! I love that they Xerox their own hands and use them for counting, what fun :) Keeping this idea handy for when my kiddos are older!

  18. Brilliant, must remember for when my children are a bit older.

  19. Such a good resource and so personal and fun. I’m going to save this one for future reference.

  20. Wow – what fun ideas! My mental arrhythmic leave alot to be desired – so I could probably use some of these techniques myself :-)

  21. This is a brilliant idea. Really useful for my eldest two and I think the photocopying would go down a storm too.

  22. Great idea! My little girl is interested in learning her tables at the moment, I might well give this a try!

  23. I love this! Brings back memories of using the copy machine at my dad’s work as a kid :)
    Thanks for joining in with our blog hop!!

  24. This is such a good idea – after struggling to help Isaac with his numeracy homework this weekend I am definitely going to try this!

  25. What a brilliant idea x x

  26. Pinned and book marked Emma! A great maths resource.

  27. What a great idea! My 2 youngest are learning to skip count by 2 now, with 5’s coming up soon, and my oldest will be learning her times tables soon, so this is perfect! I’m always looking for fun ways for them to learn, and this fits the bill wonderfully! Thank you for sharing!

  28. Love this post! Thank you so much for sharing with us this week!

  29. Love this posts and your ideas and tips.
    We do struggle with some kids and times tables a lot, so hopefully we can use your ideas and make it easier and more fun

  30. What a brilliant idea – absolutely love it. Must remember to do it when POD is a bit older, such a great way to learn :)

  31. Excellent post! Thanks for sharing it on STEM Tuesday on my FB page!

  32. Brilliant, Em. I need these to do with JD – thanks for sharing. Also need to pop and see you soon – I need all the tips I can get to keep him inspired and interested. x

  33. This is awesome, Emma! I love that it can be adjusted for all ages. Thank you so much for sharing on my Facebook wall!

  34. So many awesome ways to play with this! Love it! Pinning!


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