Ideas to Celebrate the 100th Day of School With Your Kids

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Many classrooms count up to the 100th day of school and have a celebration on that day. It’s not just a milestone; it's a great way to incorporate math into an entire day’s worth of learning. The learning doesn't have to be limited to school, though. Here are 100 ways to get your child prepared (and psyched) for the 100th day of school.

100 Ideas to Celebrate the 100th Day of School

  1. Learn more about the 100th day of school.
  1. Read books about the 100th day of school.
  2. Make her a 100 breakfast, for example, a link of sausage next to two halves of a bagel.
  3. Make a family timeline listing 100 important events that have happened in the history of your family.
  4. Go through your child’s toys and the rest of your house and find 100 items to donate to charity.
  5. Choose one of 100 things with which to create a 100th day of school collection.
  6. Begin a log of Random Acts of Kindness, vowing to do 100 acts between now and next year’s 100th day of school.
  7. Reinforce number sense and participate in 100s chart activities.
  8. Look up a newspaper dated 100 years before your child’s birth, read it together and discuss how life has changed over the years.
  9. Talk with your child about the things she uses in her daily life that weren’t invented 100 years ago. Does it make her life easier or harder?
  10. Talk to your child about his predictions about how life will change over the next 100 years.
  1. Make a list of 100 books you and your child have read together over his lifetime. They don’t have to be literary classics; even the board books you read when he was a toddler count, too.
  2. Make a list of 100 words your child has practiced spelling and mastered.
  3. Go to the grocery store with your child and try to stick to a $100 budget.
  1. While at the store, look for labels that advertise things containing “100%” of an ingredient. What types of foods say this?
  2. Discuss what it means when people say things like putting “110 percent effort” into a task. Is it possible to put in more than 100 percent?
  3. Build a creation using 100 Legos or other blocks.
  4. Try to beat your child in a 100-second staring contest.
  5. See if anyone in your family can hold their breath for 100 seconds.
  6. Make a 100th Day of School necklace using beads, colored macaroni or breakfast cereal. Ask your child to make a pattern using ten each of ten different colors.
  7. Hide 100 pennies around the house and give your child treasure hunt clues to find them.
  8. Ask your child to trade those pennies for other coins and see if she can find ten other ways to make a dollar. (As an extension, you may want to read Judith Viorst’s book Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday.)
  9. Place a number of jelly beans or other small candy in three jars of the same size and shape, making sure only one of them contains 100 candies. Have your child guess which jar has 100 in it.
  10. Ask your child to guess the weight of that jar of candy, both with the weight of the jar and without. Use a kitchen or postal scale to check her estimate.
  1. Make 100 cookies and surprise the neighbors with them.
  2. Supervise your child on an imaginary $100 shopping spree on the internet.
  3. Spend some quiet time putting together 100-piece puzzles.
  4. Collect 100 returnable bottles from friends and family, return them and donate the money to a local animal shelter.
  5. See how far away from your front door 100 steps will take your child.
  6. Make a 100 piece trail mix, using ten pieces of ten different types of food. (Foods to consider include raisins, dried apricots, little pretzels, sunflowers seeds, almonds, dried cranberries, and other dried fruits.)
  7. Make 100th Day glasses, using a cardboard cutout.
  8. Make a list of your 100 favorite family movies.
  9. Look at a map--virtual or real--and see where you would end up if you drove 100 miles in any direction from your house.
  10. Check the national or world weather map for the day and find the places where it was 100 degrees or warmer.
  1. Give your child a copy of the newspaper and have hers circle the number 100 every time she sees it. Then, count how many times it appeared in that day’s paper.
  2. Go to the library and check out a book containing 100 knock-knock jokes. (Be prepared to say "Who’s there?" 100 times.)
  3. Do ten sets of ten different exercises, such as sit-ups, jumping jacks, running in place, etc. When you’re done, you and your child will have done 100 exercises.
  4. Count to 100.
  5. Count to 100 by 2s.
  6. Count to 100 by 5s.
  7. Count to 100 by 10s.
  8. Learn how to count to 100 in French.
  9. Learn how to count to 100 in Spanish.
  10. Learn how to count to 100 in Mandarin Chinese.
  11. Read Sadako and the 1,000 Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coer and fold 100 origami paper cranes.
  12. Read about the mythological creatures Hecatoncheires, also known as the 100 Handers. See if you and your child can decipher the roots of the word to find out what it means.
  13. Construct a strong bridge using 100 straws, toothpicks or craft sticks. See how much weight it can hold.
  14. Make a list of 100 foods your child likes to eat. It may be easier if you split the list into food groups and come up with 25 fruits and vegetables, 25 types of protein, 25 dairy products, and 25 sweets.
  15. Sing "100 Bottles of Soda on the Wall."
  16. Listen to The Proclaimers’ song, "I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)." (The lyrics say "..and I would walk 100 miles and I would walk 100 more...")
  17. Listen to Five For Fighting’s song "100 Years," and discuss with your child what he thinks the song is about.
  18. Try to name 100 different cities.
  19. Make a playlist of your child’s 100 favorite songs.
  20. Ask your child to practice math skills by adjusting her favorite recipe to feed 100 people.
  21. Look up who is on the $100 bill and what he did that was worthy to be on the bill.
  22. Have your child tell you things she’s sure you've said to her at least 100 times.
  23. Tell your child the things you’re sure she’s said to you at least 100 times.
  24. Add the ages of everybody in your house to see how close the sum comes to 100 years. Then, ask your child to figure out if she knows anyone who you could add in to make up the difference.
  1. Give your child a bunch of coins and ask her to find at least five different ways to make one dollar (100 cents).
  2. See if your child can come up with five different ways to make $100 using ones, fives, tens, and twenties.
  3. Make a paper chain of 100 links.
  4. Estimate whether the paper chain is closer to 100 inches or 100 feet long.
  5. Learn to write the number 100 in Roman Numerals.
  6. Learn to write the number 100 in binary code.
  7. Make a picture that incorporates 100 thumbprints.
  8. Help your child trace her hands ten times and then make a handprint wreath. (It will have 100 fingers on it.)
  9. Count backward from 100.
  10. Count backward from 100 by 2s.
  11. Count backward from 100 by 5s.
  12. Count backward from 100 by 10s.
  13. Play the Fortunately, Unfortunately game with 100 statements.
  14. Make a list of 100 portmanteau words.
  15. Create a list of 100 different emotions. (For a little help, check out the article: Feeling Words from A to Z.)
  16. Try to bounce a ball 100 times in a row.
  17. Try to toss a ball back and forth between two people for 100 consecutive catches.
  18. Give your child some junk boxes and ask her to sort things into ten piles of ten things each.
  19. Use an alphanumeric cipher (A=1, B=2, etc.) and have your child add up the letters in her name. If she uses her first, middle and last name, does it come close to 100?
  20. Let your child browse catalogs or her favorite online store and make a list of all the things she would buy if she had 100 dollars.
  21. Print dot-to-dot puzzles for your child that use at least 100 dots.
  22. Since the 100th day of school is very close to Valentine’s Day, challenge your child to make 100 Valentine’s Day cards to send to nursing homes or troops overseas.
  23. Find out the current price of stamps and ask your child to calculate how much it would cost to send 100 letters (or Valentines).
  24. See if your child can hop on one foot for 100 seconds.
  25. See if your child can run in place for 100 seconds.
  26. See if your child can jump up and down for 100 seconds.
  27. Challenge your child to jump rope 100 times in a row.
  28. Stack 100 cups in a pyramid.
  29. Make a paperclip necklace with 100 colored paperclips.
  30. Go to the mall and entertain people by blowing 100 bubbles.
  31. Google "googol" to find out what the number is.
  32. Read the book 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler and talk to your child about what makes her worry.
  33. Ask your child: In what year will you turn 100 years old?
  34. Ask: How old will you be in 100 years?
  35. Ask: What year will it be 100 years from now?
  36. Have your child draw a picture of what she thinks she will look like when she is 100.
  37. Use an online tool to age yourself in photos, so your child can see what she might look like at 100 years old.
  38. Read Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people and see how many of them your child has heard of.
  39. Talk to your child about what traits some of the people on the list have in common.
  40. Ask: Who do you think people will think were the most influential 100 years from now? Why?
  41. Make a journal jar and fill it with 100 journal prompts.
  42. Ask your child to spend 100 minutes--remember, that’s more than an hour and a half-- occupying herself. Good luck!