100th Day of School: Ideas that are Actually PRACTICAL

When I started researching about things to do to celebrate the 100th day of school I came across a bunch of lists that are ranking on Google that are simply… terribly unpractical. So, I decided I’d list the unpractical ideas here and come up with solutions. Also, by the end, I’ll recommend my book about the 100th day of Kindergarten, where the main character counts to 100 and remembers what they’ve learned so far! It might be a great read for you that has the little ones coming close to this BIG DAY! After all, 100 days of school is A LOT!

What is the 100th day of school?

The 100th day of school is a traditional celebration of… well, the 100th day of school. It’s common for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, even though it can go on till middle school… or more! I’m a Kindergarten teacher this year, so we’ll definitely be celebrating it when the time comes. However, I don’t see why not keep celebrating the 100th day of school till your kids graduate. After all, celebrating is always the best and we should find a reason to be happy every day!

The 100th day of school can be calculated online, here, for example, this calculator of What Day is this Date? https://www.timeanddate.com/date/weekday.html

It will depend on when the school started the classes, and the teacher usually calculates this for the parents, so don’t worry. It is around February for the North hemisphere.

Usually, the teachers ask the parents to prepare stuff related to the number 100 to take to class, like a collection of 100 items that your kid can use, or things related to that. However, I know that parents are busier and busier, and many lists of ideas of how to celebrate the 100th day of school come up with unpractical things, like asking the parents to take 100 things to school! We can barely take the day-to-day things, let alone 100 other extra stuff.

Some unpractical ideas for the 100th day of school that I found online

Here is the compilation of some hard ideas that seem to be the norm online. Then, after that, I’ll write my own list of easier things to do to celebrate the 100th day of school instead. Also, even if you find these unpractical but still want to incorporate some, feel free to do so! Only God can judge.

  • Shirts with 100 things glued to it or 100 elements: in my opinion, it’s hard enough to design a shirt even if it’s a craft shirt, let alone incorporate ONE HUNDRED elements into it!
  • A 100 thing collection: okay, this could be M&M’s, however, you’ll still have to take your time to count to ONE HUNDRED to make sure you’re taking the right amount. What if your kid decides that their collection should be 100 plushies?
  • 100 push-ups or jumping jacks: okay, are you trying to celebrate or to torture your kid?
  • Exploring the different 100 things, for example, 100 M&Ms versus 100 marbles: the size, the weight. I wish there were a practical way to do that as it could be interesting. However, it has the same problem of having to gather 100 items and take them to school. Also, have you thought about what ten kids in a classroom could do with 100 marbles?
  • Building a 100 items chart, for example, 100 adjectives about the school, 100 things you’re grateful for. This might sound cute but also it’s A LOT of work. As a grown-up, do you even know 100 adjectives? Imagine this for your preschooler or kindergartener!
  • Build a 100-thing structure, for example, 100 pieces of Lego, 100 cards, 100 cups. Okay, this also sounds like a lot of mess, a lot of work, and a lot of cleaning up (for the grownups, probably).
  • Make 100 decorations, cut 100 shapes, etc. I bet you’ll grow tired of this really fast.
  • 100-anything: anything that requires you to actually gather 100 of something or to do 100 actions… you’ll find that 100 is a very big number.

What to do instead for the 100th day of school? A practical list!

Okay, Isadora, enough complaining. I already know what NOT TO DO. Now, give me some good ideas of what to do that won’t be half of the trouble of the list above!

Yes, sir, or ma’am, I got you.

I told you that I found a lot of bad suggestions online, however, I did find some good ones. I’ll incorporate some of my own ideas plus some I found online in the list below about practical things to do to celebrate the 100th day of school.

  • Taking a picture holding a board written the 100th day of… and the grade your kid is at. Then, compare each year: just like we do on the first day of the year, this is a fun way to remember the 100th day.
  • Calculate which year the members of the family will turn 100, including the kid. You can use an online calculator to do that. This is fast and easy, and your kid will be fascinated.
  • Dress up as 100 years old: this is an idea for teachers. You can make the 100th day of school celebration about dressing up. The kids don’t even need to come dressed up from home, you guys can improvise with things from the classroom. If your kid’s teacher doesn’t incorporate this idea, you can do it at home.
  • A learning theme could be 100 years in the past and 100 years in the future.
  • Anything with the number 100 instead of 100 small things. Write posters with the number 100, have a 100 themed party. Represent it with the number instead of 100 things or 100 repetitions.
  • Also, you don’t need to do ONE HUNDRED things. You could do just a few, for example, remember a few things you learned so far, and get them excited for what’s yet to come.
  • Read books themed about the 100th day of school.

My 100th day of school picture book!

This is the book that I wrote about the topic. You can get it here:

It’s free on Kindle Unlimited and it’s about the 100th day of school of a little kid and, together with his teacher, they revise what they learned so far, and count to 100.

This will be great to teach the concept to your kid, tell them what to expect about this day, revise how to count to 100, as they might need it, and also discuss some topics they might have seen already at school. You can pause the reading and ask them about it, what they think about, for example, rocks and plants.

The 100th day of school

In conclusion, have a lot of fun, do a party, celebrate, create different stuff, read books about the theme. What matters is that our kids are having fun, growing up, and celebrating their milestones. Like I said, no age limit for when you should stop the 100th day of school celebration. Maybe even in College, you could embarrass your little ones by making them take pictures with the old chalkboard written 100th day of school. I know I’d definitely do it.

Life is about celebrating every little moment!


By isadorafelixm

I’ve been working with kids for years now. I have a post-graduation degree in Child Education, a degree in English, and I’m starting my degree in pedagogy. I’m a pre-K teacher, and I have years of experience teaching and writing books. I mainly write for my students but I also share it on Amazon, if you want to take a look!

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