The whole point of celebrating the 100th day of school (besides acknowledging everyone survived the first 100 days…) is to improve numeracy skills beyond two digits to include three digit numbers. Depending on the grade level, teachers also strive to increase a child’s ability to name, recognize and sequence numbers to 100. Understanding that zero has place value, and beginning to understand that numbers can be organized in sets for skip counting are also skills that are embedded in 100th day celebrations. So keep that in mind as you choose a project to celebrate the 100th day of school. If you want to reinforce the skills being taught, aim for projects that group sets of numbers in fives, tens, or other ‘friendly’ denominations!
As the parents of 3 kids, our household has finally outgrown the 100th day of school project. Despite having taught in schools for over 20 years, and having scoured the internet for project ideas, the day always seems to sneak up on me and we end up throwing together a half-hearted, last minute project, with whatever we have in the house. To save you from going down the rabbit hole of pinterest searches, here are my top ideas for fun and easy projects that your kids can put together with minimal adult support and with supplies you may have around the house already.
Quick and Easy 100th Day Trail Mix Project
Thinking in groups of ten, with an overall theme, will help you put something together at the last minute. We’ve done the ziplock bag of trail mix more than once, because it is easy, eco-friendly, and the kids can eat the whole project for snack! You can make your own “recipe” based on whatever you have in your pantry. Here’s what ours usually includes:
10 dry cereal (cheerios, shreddies…)
10 granola clusters
10 fish crackers
10 seeds (pumpkin, sunflower…)
10 smarties or mini marshmallows
10 cheese cubes
10 dried fruit (cranberries, banana chips, mango…)
10 coconut flakes
Quick and Easy 100th Day Seed Bomb Project
Thinking in groups of ten makes this eco-friendly project easy to complete if you’re a seed saver, or have random packets of flower seeds left in envelopes around the house. To make a seed bomb, simply mix together seeds, potting soil, pottery clay and water. Depending on how many seed bombs you want to make you’ll need varying amounts of the ingredients. The most common recipes call for double the clay to potting soil and enough water to make the balls hold together without lumps. Add the water slowly to achieve the desired consistency and roll the seed bomb until the 100 seeds have been absorbed by the clay and soil.
Quick and Easy Lists to Make For 100th Day Project
If you can’t pull together a project, you could make a list with your child. Sorting by tens will make the job less overwhelming! For example:
10 words that start with a, 10 words that start with b, 10 words that start with c and so on, until you have 100
10 cities you’d like to visit in Canada, America, France and so on, until you have 100 (see the map project below)
Or, come up with lists that have 100 options:
100 words you can spell
100 things you wish you could do
What you can do in 100 seconds
How you would spend 100 dollars
How many ways you can make 100 (90+10, 80+20…)
Crafty DIY 100th Day Project Ideas
Some families are craftier than others. I fall firmly in the “I’ll get you the supplies, but you are on your own” style of parenting. I take no credit for these projects I’ve photographed from my children’s classmates! They are all amazing, but will require some adult support and art direction from an adult.
Alice, the 100 eyed monster is my favourite project ever! This is obviously a family who put a great deal of time and energy into their project, but the results are pretty spectacular. Inspired? You can buy the google eyes here.
This project is a great visual to go with the list of 100 cities you’d like to see one day. Inspired? You can buy the flag stickers for the map poster here.
This project is perfect if you are scrambling the night before! Inspired? You can buy the base plates to build this project on here.
This project could make use of any nature inspired element, sticks, stones, pinecones, shells or other loose parts collected in your community! Don’t have a glue gun? Buy one here.
This project could be anything creative made from 100 dollar store jewels. The feature of this project that is appealing is how the child organized the 100 stones into sets of ten around ten flowers.
Looking for more inspiration? Here are other ideas from around the web I’ve included from by blogger friends.
If you have size constraints and have to stick to a card sized project, check out this brilliant seasonal celebrations theme for your 100th day project by Weaving Ideas.
Here’s a good list of household items that might do the trick for your 100th day project. Check out: Count to 100: Estimation jars by Edventures With Kids. I especially like the idea of popcorn estimation jars and comparing the volume of 100 kernels of popcorn vrs 100 kennels popped.
Here are a bunch of good ideas for clothing or dress up projects on the 100th day of school by Danya Banya. Read all about how she transformed an old sundress into a sparkly 100th day party hit: 100 sequins for the 100th day of school.
If you are looking for a comprehensive list of items that might be suitable to send in for the 100th day of school, check out JDaniel4’s mom’s post: 100 things to send in for the 100th day of school!
The 100th day of school happens every year, so check out the projects that come in this year and gather some inspiration for next year! If you are looking for more inspiration for your family life, come join me on Pinterest: