Who knew the 100th day of school was such a big deal? When I was in school, we looked forward to Fall Break, Christmas Break, Spring Break and, of course, the sporadic days off for various holidays. There was no countdown to the 100th day, no fun dressing up, no games, parties or any hoopla. But now…kids look forward to it. Each grade celebrates a different way, and each school does their own party for the day. Truthfully, it is more than just a big deal.
As a homeschool mom, I honestly struggled with celebrating something that seemed so silly, but then I read more about it and realized just how beneficial it could be – not to mention fun! So, a couple of years ago we started celebrating the 100th day of school. The kids look forward to the countdown, the papers and especially the party at the end of the day.
When I searched the internet for ideas, I found a plethora of countdowns/counts, activities, games, cute crafts, books to read for all ages, adorable food for the party and printables for the day. Here are some resources to get you started.
Counting items is always a great way to teach kids the value of 100. Seeing those items grouped in tens helps with math too. Try this 100 Days Shape Graph, this fun Lego Activity or have them guess How much is 100? With this math activity.
Crafts and projects are always the highlights of my kids’ week, as we don’t do them every day. So when special holidays or occasions come around, they look forward to what we’ll be making. If you can’t decide what to make, check out these 50 Projects for the 100th Day.
What kid doesn’t love to build with Legos? And kids always like a little competition. Why not combine the two and try this fun 100 Legs craft.
Bring a little science into your classroom with this Melting Ice Prediction Activity.
What’s a good party without some delicious and thematic snacks? You can create some adorable 100 Day Cupcakes; kids always like cupcakes.
A great way to incorporate a counting activity, as well as their snack time, is by bringing ten different snacks and counting out 10 of each one. Use this little 100th Day Snack freebie to make it easy.
Have kids make their own 100th Day snacks with this fun printable recipe. Pass it out to each table along with all the ingredients and let them go to town. They will love being involved.
There are so many options, resources, and super fun activities for celebrating the 100th Day of School. After celebrating for several years now, may I recommend a few things.
- Plan ahead. There are so many wonderful ideas out there that it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
- Pick a theme. Choose a theme for your celebration. If you are a homeschooler, you might choose a wide range of activities and crafts to include everyone in the excitement.
- Rotate each year.
Whether you’re a homeschooler or teacher, you can choose to rotate the activities, crafts, and printables each year. If you’re a teacher, work with your school or, at least, the other teachers in your grade to create a theme for each grade level. That will ensure kids don’t repeat the same activities each year.
- Make it a week-long celebration. As homeschoolers, we have the option of making our 100th Day celebration last all week long. We try to make projects throughout the week leading up to the “big day” in anticipation of our celebration complete with snacks and treats!
However, you choose to celebrate, make it memorable, exciting and most of all…FUN!
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend for 12+ years. Together they are raising their four children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her eight angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families, and she gets her scrapbooking fix in by making Subway Art for herself and her readers. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, Biblical marriage, occasional gluten- and grain-free recipes, homemaking, the occasional DIY projects and maintaining her sanity. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.