Celebrating the 100th Day of School
The 100th Day of School
For many early elementary students, the 100th day of school marks a special day. Many schools recognize this by reading books and doing activities. Here are a few activities my girls and I did in the classrooms. In Kindergarten the kids made 100 snack bags and made a book. In first grade 100 item collages were made to celebrate this day as a grade level activity. They were posted outside of every classroom so that the school and parents could view all of them.
- Small snacks like pretzels, goldfish and raisins. Marshmallows, m and m's, gummy bears, popcorn and cereal are also fun to add.
- Ziplock for each child
- Bowls for snacks
- Paper towels
- Gloves for handling the food
- Masking tape or premade labels with child's name
- Read The 100th Day of School (Hello Reader!, Level 2) or read a book of your choice. Be sure to see more of our suggestions below.
- Have all materials ready, snacks in small bowls.
- Have children count out a 100 pieces to put in their bags. If you prefer, have parents come in to help and let them handle the food while the child counts. This can be done in a center in small groups instead of the whole class.
- Put label with name on each bag.
Tips and Suggestions
Having 10 different items makes it easier to count
100th Day Collages
This was how the First Graders celebrated the 100th Day of School...all children were given a piece of cardboard or construction paper to take home and bring back their 100 item Collages. These were hung outside of each first grade classroom. Children used pictures, toothpicks, puzzle pieces, stickers, foam stickers, beads, small objects, cotton balls, Q-tips. It was very cool to see all the creative collages! Parents were invited to come and see all of their creative 100 day posters.
Make a Class Chain
Have small groups make a chain and combine it to form a 100 chain link.
Groups of 10
We strung Blueberry cheerios on plastic coffee stir straw in groups of 10. Count by 10's to 100. We kept the straws, washed and reused in other years. Or string regular cheerios by the 100 with yarn. We happened to get the flavored Cheerios which has a smaller hole due to the sugared coating so yarn did not string well, so we improvised with stirs.
Using Elmer's Glue and Sand use a paint brush to paint the number 100 on Construction paper and sprinkle sand on it. Dust off the excess.
100th Day Certificate
Send each child home with an Award Certificate for being in school for 100 days.