The school year can seem endless for young elementary school students. The 100th day of school usually falls sometime during February; a cold and boring time for most kids. It's the perfect opportunity for a little break from the monotony with some fun classroom activities! I have scoured the internet, reached out for input from teachers, and consulted with my own rambunctious students to come up with this list of the top 25 classroom activities and fun games for your 100th day of school celebration!
1. Bring 100 of Something to School
Paper clips, pencils, stamps, pennies, crayons, fruit loops! The possibilities are endless! Have your students bring 100 of anything to the 100 days of school celebration. This activity gets your students counting at home and builds up their excitement for the classroom party! On the day of class, ask each student to share something about what they brought to build a sense of classroom community at the start of the day!
2. 100 Legos
Bring a bucket of legos and ask your students to count out 100 pieces each. Then see what they can create with 100 legos! This basic counting game is a fantastic opportunity for kids to improve their math skills without even realizing it's a math lesson! I won't tell if you don't!
3. Mystery Picture Hundreds Chart
These fun color-by-number charts feature 100 squares to color with hidden images that reveal themselves as they are colored in. On top of the chance to practice counting skills, these charts also encourage students to follow directions closely!
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4. 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler
Reading together can be a special opportunity for students to practice their reading skills. 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler is about a girl who has anxiety over what 100 things to bring to school for the 100th-day celebration.
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5. The 100th Day of School from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Who doesn't love the Black Lagoon Adventures? This series is always chock-full of hilarity and The 100th Day of School from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler is no exception. In this story, Hubie is stressed about his upcoming 100th day of school event. But he surprises everyone when he decides to bring something special. If you want to make your students laugh, this is the right book!
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6. Robin Hill School: One Hundred Days Plus One by Margaret McNamara
Robin Hill School: One Hundred Days Plus One by Margaret McNamara deals with the fact that there will inevitably be disappointments in our lives. McNamara's main character gets sick and misses the 100th day of school celebration. A powerful tale of facing let-downs and letting go!
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7. Hello Reader! Level 1: The 100th Day by Grace Maccarone and Alayne Pick
Hello Reader! Level 1: The 100th Day by Grace Maccarone and Alayne Pick is a great pick if you want to have your students read on their own, aloud, or in small groups. This book uses short, simple sentences. It also teaches students about differences, encouraging them to be accepting of each other.
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8. 100 Jumping Jacks
Get your kids moving with some group exercises! No prep time or setup is required for these physical activities. See who can finish a set of 100 jumping jacks first in a friendly classroom competition!
9. 100 Balloon Pop
Put 100 inflated balloons around the classroom and see how fast students can find and pop them all. No sharp objects are allowed, so students have to get creative and stomp or sit on the balloons!
10. 100-yard Dash
If you can get outside or into the school gym, have your students race in a 100-yard dash!
11. 100 Bean Bag Toss
A fun and easy game for everyone! Play bean bag toss and see if any of your students can get 100 bean bags in the hole!
12. 100 One-foot Hops
How long can you hop on one foot? See if your students can hop on one foot 100 times!
13. Write 100 Words
Ask your students to write 100 words they know. You can have them think of their own words, or you can use this 100 sight words chart. After they write their list of words, you can do a classroom activity where students read their list to see which words were chosen most frequently!
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14. "If I were 100 years old..."
Time for some creative writing! Ask your students to respond to the writing prompt, "If I were 100 years old..." This is a good way to have a quiet, individual class activity if you want to wind things down toward the end of the day.
15. "If I had 100 dollars..."
Or, if you prefer this one, you could ask your students to respond to the prompt, "If I had 100 dollars..."
16. "100 reasons we like our school..."
This next few writing prompts work better as class activities. You can write student answers on the board, or you can create some fun posters with the answers your class comes up with! Ask your students to come up with 100 reasons they like their school!
17. "100 things we learned this year..."
A little more difficult, but a lot more education-focused, this prompt will really get your students thinking! Ask your students to think of 100 things they've learned so far this year! "I learned how to add 5+5!" and "I learned how to write my name!" are great answers! Don't forget to create something with the answers. A giant poster that can stay up on the wall for the rest of the year will remind students that they are doing a great job!
18. 100 Words That Describe Our School
This is a perfect activity for kids who are still developing basic vocabulary skills. Ask your students to think of 100 words that describe their school. Use the words to fill in a drawn outline in the shape of the school building on a poster!
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19. Cut 100 Shapes
Ask students to cut out 100 shapes from colorful pieces of paper. Once they are done, surprise them with posterboard to make their own posters by gluing the shapes into a design!
20. Bulletin Board Centipede
Have your students color and decorate numbered circles, then let them tape their circles on the chalkboard or bulletin board to build a giant 100-section centipede! Each bulletin board centipede is unique and reflects your students' personalities.
21. 100 Days Gumball Machine Posters
Cut out a red square and glue it to a larger piece of paper or poster board. Cut out a white circle and glue that on top. You've got yourself a gumball machine poster! Alternatively, check out this gumball machine template. Hand these out to students and let them stick on 100 pom poms to create a fun and fuzzy gumball machine for this 100 days of school activity!
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22. 100 Hearts or Snowflakes
If your 100th day of school event falls on or near Valentine's Day, have students decorate 100 hearts. If Valentine's is a little far away, go for snowflakes instead! If you are limited on art supplies, this simple activity is a great choice.
23. 100 Fingers Poster
Let your students paint their hands a rainbow of different colors and then make handprints on a large poster until they've painted 100 fingers all together!
24. 100 Googly Eyes School T-shirts
Kids absolutely adore this one. Get enough plain t-shirts for every student and let students get creative! Have them paint a silly monster and then glue 100 googly eyes onto the shirt! This makes for a great keepsake to commemorate their first 100 days of school.
25. 100th Day Glasses
These 100th Day Glasses are simple and fun. Let kids color them in however they like and decorate them with things like pom poms, sequins, rhinestones, and feathers. They'll be proudly wearing their creations all day long!
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