32 Awesome Hundreds Board Mystery Picture Task Cards!

Hundreds Board Mystery Picture Task Cards
Cassie (Teach Starter)

Written by Cassie (Teach Starter)

Let me tell you a story. It’s the story of a little old teaching resource idea that came to us after a conversation with the wonderful Lauren from Teacher Types. “Have you heard of hundreds board mystery pictures?” she asked… Well, we got ridiculously excited, collated some fantastic mystery picture ideas and jumped onto Instagram Stories to share the resource that we were sure would take only a few short days to create.

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That was about a month ago. #allofthemonkeyscoveringtheireyesearsandmouths

In the following weeks we quickly (well, slowly) realised that recording, proofing, designing and proofing again the numbers and colours for each of these 32 Hundreds Board Mystery Picture Task Cards was a time-consuming process! But, such a worthwhile one because now we can finally present to you a downloadable resource that is, well, awesome!

Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture Activity Task Cards and blank hundreds board

Hundreds Board Mystery Pictures

Hundreds board mystery picture activities require students to colour squares on a hundreds chart following a simple list of numbers. When they have finished colouring, the mystery picture is revealed!

Hundreds Board Mystery Pictures in progress - printable activity task cards

A Set of 32 Activity Task Cards

Rather than creating a series of resources that contain a hundreds chart and instructions on each page, we thought it would be fantastic to create a set of hundreds chart mystery picture task cards that students can use with any blank hundreds board (though our download does contain the blank board too!).

We selected a variety of pictures that aren’t tied to a specific occasion or event, making this fast finisher activity suitable for your students the whole year through.

Printable Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture Activity Task Cards

You can print and laminate the Hundreds Board Mystery Picture Task Cards to use again and again. This makes the cards a wonderful fast finisher activity that only requires photocopying of the hundreds boards.

How to Use Hundreds Board Mystery Picture Task Cards

Here are a few ideas about how you could use this resource in the classroom.

A Simple Differentiated Numeracy Activity

You’ll notice that the download contains a hundreds chart that is numbered from 1 to 100, as well as another hundreds chart that is blank. This provides you with a simple means for differentiating the activity for different students in your class.

Printable hundreds board and mystery picture task cards

Create a Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture Booklet

  1. Photocopy the resource into a booklet that contains 32 pages of hundreds charts.
  2. Provide each student in your class with their own booklet and ask them to number each chart from 1 to 32.
  3. Students can complete their booklet at suitable times by selecting a task card they haven’t yet completed.

They will easily be able to see which mystery pictures they have already ‘discovered’ by looking through their booklet before they select another task card.

Completed hundreds chart mystery picture rainbow

Alternatively, you could also provide each student with a photocopy of the task card (pages 4 to 9 of the download) that they can keep folded inside the cover of their booklet, rather than needing to share laminated task cards around the class.

Keeping the task cards loose, rather than stapled into the booklet, will make it easier for students when they are completing the activity as they can set the task card beside the hundreds board they are working on, rather than having to flick back through the pages of their booklet.

Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture Solutions

Hundreds Board Mystery Picture Solutions

AND the download also includes the solutions! On the final pages of the PDF file, you’ll be able to quickly see a thumbnail of the solutions for each mystery picture task card. It’s such a simple way to clarify any confusion about where a mouth, eyes or some other little feature goes.

So. Much. FUN!

Do you have other ‘quick and easy’ fast finisher activity ideas that you’d like to see made into a Teach Starter resource?

Check out the ‘Request a Resource’ section of our website to share your ideas and vote on the resource requests that you’d love to see created too!

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Comments & feedback

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Jenna Brooks

just wondering if these could be made editable at all so we can change the numbers around etc. eg we are looking at odd and even numbers so would like to make an picture using that theory where possible

Jenna Brooks · Nov 20th, 2019


Hi Jenna

Thanks for your suggestion.

Please feel free to request a resource here: https://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/

Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community. We create the top request each week.

Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help.

Kind regards


Janeen · Nov 21st, 2019


I have a split 1/2 class so used the 100 chart with the numbers. I chose to use the activity as a listening task as my students are super chatty. After the last number clue was called I had students calculate the AREA of the shape they discovered by counting the square units – we coloured the Cool Sun, so it was challenging but pretty straightforward.
Love this resource!

MISS JACKMAN · Jun 4th, 2018

Cassie (Teach Starter)

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. We’re so glad you and your students have had fun using this resource!

Cassie (Teach Starter) · Jun 4th, 2018

Emily Moustafa

Thank you for the for the resources my grade 2s love them.

Emily Moustafa · May 17th, 2018

Cassie (Teach Starter)

You’re welcome! We’re so happy to hear your students enjoy them!

Cassie (Teach Starter) · May 18th, 2018

Zelda Quakawoot

Thankyou for these ideas.

Zelda Quakawoot · Apr 4th, 2018

Cassie (Teach Starter)

You’re welcome!

Cassie (Teach Starter) · Apr 9th, 2018

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