It is hard to believe that we are already almost to the 100th day of school! With this special day quickly approaching, you are probably looking for all of the best ways to celebrate the 100th day of school in your classroom. In past years, we celebrated the entire day and did tons of fun activities geared towards the number 100! However, if you want, you could make your celebration last all week-long, depending on the number of activities you have for your students. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind spending a whole week doing fun crafts and activities!
Here are different activities for making the most of the 100th day of school!
100th Day Build-Up
Before we get close to the 100th day of school, I'm already thinking of 100th day of school ideas. For example, I put a caterpillar in my classroom to keep track of the number of days we have been in school. Then, as the 100th day approaches, my students can look at the caterpillar and see just how close to the 100th day we are.
You can also build some anticipation of the 100th day by doing special activities every 10th day and learning about the numbers 10, 20, 30, etc. using my Zero the Hero resource. This fun project creates an exciting build-up to the day and lets students know it will be something special!
As we get closer to the 100th day, we start working on our math skills when the real fun begins. For example, I have my students participate in hands-on math activities about the number 100. My students practice counting to 100 in different ways, like using candy hearts on a heart cutout, putting 100 paint dauber dots on a gumball machine cutout, or even putting 100 googly eyes on a monster or alien!
Students can also play a math game where they work in pairs and take turns rolling dice. After each roll, they move that many spaces across a game board with 100 spaces. The first student to roll to 100 is the winner. Math games are a clever way to get your kids excited about math and are always so much fun!
Doing read alouds with the whole class is a fun way to celebrate the day in kindergarten. 100th Day Worriesby Margery Cuyler is a great book to read beforehand to give your students inspiration for what 100 things to bring to school on the big day.
Happy 100th Day by Susan Milord is a fun book for the 100th day when your classroom celebrations are underway! Using read alouds is a great opportunity to celebrate the 100th day of school in elementary school.
Writing time is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 100th day of the school year. There are so many fun 100th day writing prompts that your kindergarteners will love! Students can write about what they think they will be like as a 100-year-old or do with 100 dollars. They could even write about something they would like to have 100 of! Regardless of which prompts you choose, they will be the perfect way to bring the 100th day celebration into your writing time.
100th Day Arts and Crafts
Making different crafts together is another great way to embrace the celebration and look forward to the rest of the school year. My students especially love the crafts they can wear, like crazy 100th day hats, 100th day bracelets, and 100th day “glasses.” Then, we end the day with a certificate that students can color that proclaims they are now 100 days smarter!
The 100th day is always the best day in kindergarten. We make a 100th day theme out of every content area and focus on the number 100 all day long! With so many 100th day fun activities to choose from, you could even turn it into a week-long memorable celebration in your classroom if you wanted to. The important thing is that we recognize all of the hard work our students have put in over the past 100 days and let them celebrate this accomplishment with tons of great activities!