In an early childhood classroom, the celebration of the 100th Day of School is imperative. This is a momentous occasion in classes from Pre-K-1st grade because the students are learning about the numbers leading to 100, as well as it’s the first time that the countdown of days has reached a 3-digit number.
Here are some ideas that I have implemented into my own classroom:
- do 100 physical activities (ie, jumping jacks, toe touches, grass pickers, etc.)
- dress up like a 100-year-old
person (so cute when the kiddies dress up too!)
- see how many times you can write your name (first or last) in 100 seconds and compare with your friends
- do 100 math facts
- finding things that measure 100cms
- 100th Day books
- 100 item trail mix (10 M&Ms, 10 rice Chex pieces, 10 raisins, 10 pretzels sticks, 10 peanut butter chips, 10 white chocolate chips, 10 Goldfish, 10 Cheerios, 10 marshmallows, 10 corn Chex pieces
- 100th Day gumball machine (from Littlest Scholars)
- 100 bead necklaces
- Collect 100 cans of food for charity
- Read 100 words and display them on hearts for a February bulletin board
- Writing: When I am 100 years old.
- Writing: 100 Years from now…
- 100 Day ziggle hats (Tip Junkie) I just cute out a bunch of “ziggles” on my cricut. The kids will glue 10 “ziggles” on a sentence strip and put 10 fingerprints on each “ziggle”.
- paper chain with 100 links
- A caterpillar with 100 circles & then list 100 foods that he ate
- building something using 100 items
- show that 100 pennies make $1
- A shirt with 100 things on it (stickers, pom poms, etc.)
- complete a 100 piece puzzle
- make 100 Valentines to give out to others
- predict where we would end up in the school if we take 100 steps
- Ask children to guess which container — of pennies, golf tees, jelly beans, thumbtacks, etc. — has 100 in it.
- Provide materials for children to make a 100-inch worm and a 100-centimeter worm and compare the lengths.
- On separate index cards, write the numerals 1 through 100. Shuffle the cards, and have children put the numerals in order.
- Create a treasure hunt with 100 clues for your class to follow. (or 10 clues counting by 10)
- Sit perfectly still — and perfectly quiet — for 100 seconds with your whole class!
- Ask kids to fill in the missing words: “On the first day of school, I couldn’t __________, but on the 100th day of school, I can!”
- Together with your students, learn to say “one hundred” in another language.
- Provide materials for kids to make 100 snowflakes.
- Find out which weighs more – 100 nickels or 100 quarters
- See if you can hold your breath for 100 seconds!
- See if you can bounce a tennis ball on a tennis racquet 100 times.
- Predict how full a jar would be with 100 drops of water.
- Build a 100 cup structure.
- Research what life was like 100 years ago.
I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. What do you do for the 100th Day?