# Hundred Chain

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Hundred Chain
Math - Linear Counting
Level Primary
Age 4.5 - 5
Prerequisites Teens Board
Tens Board
Hundred Board
Materials hundred chain
hundred square
labels for hundred chain
pointer for counting

This activity teaches the child skip counting which is preparation for multiplication. It also indirectly prepares the child to understand squaring numbers.

## Presentation

1. Carry the hundred chain to a long mat with two hands.
2. Bring the hundred square to the mat. Sort the labels into columns by place value.
3. Fold the hundred chain into a square as shown. Compare it to the hundred square.
4. Set the hundred square on top to show that they are the same.
5. Unfold the chain and begin counting, adding labels as you go.
6. The first ten beads each get a label.
7. After that, a label is placed at the end of each segment.