Play Rolling 100 to Help Your Child Practice Addition and Subtraction

Reinforce your 7-10 year-old's understanding of place value and practice addition and subtraction with this dice-based game.
By Jennifer Hogan
Oct 18, 2016



Oct 18, 2016

Rolling 100 is a great game to play with your young learners in Grades 1–3. The game reinforces several concepts, including addition, subtraction, and place value. It also helps your child develop number sense and gain flexibility with numbers. But don't let all that learning intimidate you! Playing the game is tons of fun.

You can play Rolling 100 cooperatively or competitively — choose whichever option works best for your family based on your child's temperment.

What You'll Need

  • Die
  • 100 Chart (you can print one here)
  • Sheet protector
  • Dry-erase markers (1 color for each player)

Number of Players: 1+

Age: Grades 1-3

Object of the game: To be the first player to reach 100 exactly without going over!

How to Play Rolling 100

  1. Create the Rolling 100 game board by printing out a 100 chart and putting it in a sheet protector.
  1. Each player should choose a dry-erase marker color. If you don’t want to play against other players, you can work collaboratively with just one color.
  1. Players take turns rolling the die and moving the number rolled until one player reaches exactly 100. During each roll of the dice, your child will have to decide if the number will stay worth a one or a ten (place value concept). Here are the guidelines for each number rolled:

    Roll a 1 — it can be either a 1 or 10

    Roll a 2 — it can be either a 2 or 20

    Roll a 3 — it can be either a 3 or 30

    Roll a 4 — it can be either a 4 or 40

    Roll a 5 — it can be either a 5 or 50

    Roll a 6 — it can be either a 6 or 60

  1. Once the player decides the worth of his roll, he will find the number on the game board and circle it. 
  1. Players take turns rolling, choosing the place value of their rolls, and adding the value to their previous numbers. The game is over when one player reaches exactly 100.

Here's an example of how the game's play can go:

  • Player 1 rolls a 3 and chooses to make it a 30. He circles 30 on the board with his dry-erase marker.
  • Player 2 rolls a 5 and chooses to make it a 50, so she circles 50 on the board with her dry-erase marker.
  • Player 1 now rolls a 1 and chooses to make it a 10. He  adds 10 to 30 (30 + 10 = 40), then circles 40 and erases the 30.
  • Player 2 now rolls a 6 and chooses to keep it a 6. She adds 6 to 50 (50 + 6 = 56). She circles 56 and erases the 50. (If the 6 was made to be a 60 then it would have been too much: 50 + 60 = 110, and you can’t go over 100.)
  • Play continues until a player reaches exactly 100!

Note: If more than one player needs to circle the same number on the board. Each player's color will help you keep tract of who's on what number.

Subtraction Variation: Rolling 0 — Play the game exactly as above but instead of starting at 0 and rolling to 100, players start at 100 and roll to 0!

Do you have any math games you like to play with your children? Share your favorites on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page.

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