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Celebrating the Hundredth Day of School

By Nancy Jang on February 3, 2011
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

The hundredth day of school is a huge deal in the primary grades. But even though the celebrations may take place in primary grades, upper grades can join in the fun, too. Any holiday where you can have fun and encourage learning in creative ways is worth celebrating.

 Here are 50 fun, fabulous ways to celebrate 100 days of learning. You can combine some of the activities and do them in teams if you wish. Many teachers also have centers with one or two of the activities at each station. If you have parent volunteers, they can help set up and man the stations. Have fun!

1. Count to 100 together by twos, fives, and tens.

2. Color in the patterns for twos, fives, and tens on a hundred chart using different colors for each pattern.

3. Solve 100 math problems. I have timed tests that have 20 addition problems from 1–5, then 6–10, then 11–15, and 16–20. In the final test all the addition facts are mixed from 1–20. If you have smaller kids, make the problems very easy and have them work in teams using manipulatives. See how many they can solve in 100 seconds!

4. Share 100th day projects. The night or the week before, have students gather 100 items at home and glue them to a piece of construction paper. In class, they can share what they collected and how they grouped the items.

5. Flip a coin one hundred times and record the results.

6. Guess which activity they can do in hundred seconds, then try it.

7. Use a tape measure and find items in your class that are 100 centimeters in length.

8. Graph what thing you would like one hundred of using this 100th day graph and story from Scholastic Printables.

9. Complete a Marcy Cook hundred chart activity or the picking out patterns worksheets from Scholastic Printables.

10. Play Race to 100. In this game, players get base ten cubes, rods, and a flat. For every two players, you need two dice. Each player rolls a number and adds that number of cubes to their flat. When they make a ten with the cubes, they regroup them into a rod. The first player to reach 100 who covers the flat wins!

11. Plan a pretend party with a $100.00 budget.

12. Read 100th Day books!

13. Write a 100th Day poem. There is an easy poem template that you can complete as a class on Scholastic Printables.

14. Sing a 100th day song. We love singing to the tune of "The Ants Go Marching One by One," but you can also sing "100 Days of School" to "Ninety-Nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall." I found both of them on Scholastic Printables.

15. Write about what it will be like one hundred years in the future.

16. Take a spelling test with 100 words. My kids are in 2nd grade, so I would use the high frequency words from kindergarten and 1st grade. It sounds a little crazy, but they really love seeing how many words they have learned.

17. Make 100 cards to give to our staff, a charity, or the troops. I have 25 students, so we write about four cards each.

18. Using wrinkled brown construction paper for the face and cotton balls for hair, students can make a picture of what they will look like 100 years from now and then write about what they will look like and what they will have done or will be doing.

19. Read "If You Lived 100 Years Ago."

20. Ask 100 people to add onto your "What Would You Want 100 Of?" graph from Scholastic Printables.

21.  Break the class into teams. Have one team write 100 nouns, another write 100 verbs, and the last team write 100 adjectives.  First group done wins a prize.

22. Run races of 100 feet.

23. Do 100 jumping jacks.

24. Jump rope for 100 jumps.

25. Keep a hula-hoop up for 100 seconds.

Photo_5770_20090409Photo_5770_2009040926. Make Hundred Day Hash. Bring in small snack items such as cereal, goldfish crackers, small chocolate chips, etc., and the students can count out various snacks to put in their bag. For example, they can take 25 chocolate chips, 25 goldfish crackers, 25 cheerios, and 25 fruit loops.

27. Make a 100 lego creation and take a picture of it to put on your bulletin board.

28. Put together 100-piece puzzles in teams.

29. Give the kids a dot to dot picture that counts up to a hundred.

30. Think of one hundred nice things to say or do and write each one on a heart, then put it up on your wall.

 31. Collect pennies and have your class count them into groups of one hundred. Donate the money to a favorite charity.

32. Make necklaces with 100 pieces of pasta or 100 cheerios or fruit loops.

33. Have each child in the class write down four things that they have learned this year on a sentence strip. Then make a long chain that shows all the things you have learned!

34. Give a prize to the person in your class whose birthday is closest to 100 months.

35. Have a contest to see who can write the numbers 1-100 in 100 seconds. Give the winner a one-hundred calorie treat bag.

36. Have another contest: How many times can they write 100 in 100 seconds?     

37. Collect 100 cans of food and donate them to your local food bank.

38. Ask your principal to dress up as Zero the Hero and visit classrooms to read a one hundredth day story.

100th day39. Bring in someone who is 100 years old to visit and answer questions.

40. Take a picture with 100 students sitting in a formation that looks like the number 100.

41. Make a banner with 100 handprints.

42. Be quiet for 100 seconds.

43. Play Race to a Hundred backwards: Instead of adding to a hundred, subtract!

44. Go outside to the sports field and take 100 steps. Measure to see who comes closest to 100 feet.

45. Draw pictures using a repeating graphic design of the number 100 or using 100 repeating shapes such as 100 triangles or 100 circles.

46. Roll a die a hundred times and chart the results.

47.  Make a mini-book recording all of the activities that you did on the hundredth day and add them up.

48.  Make glasses shaped like the number 100 and draw a pattern that has 100 shapes.

49. Make a crown or headband with one hundred Cheerios glued to itin groups of ten, fives or twos..

50. Make a vest out of a brown grocery bag and paint it using shaped sponges. Decorate it with groups that total 100 like five groups of twenty, four groups of twenty five, ten groups of ten etc.

I hope you have a great Hundredth Day!

Happy Teaching,



Photo credits: Simon Howden/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Comments (10)

Lori, Thanks for your kind words and for letting your teachers in your district know about my blog. I appreciate it!

Happy 100th day, Nancy

These are great ideas! Teachers in my district are always looking for new ways to celebrate the 100th day of school. I'm going to share your blog post with them.

Amy, Thanks for your kind comment. I hope that your students have fun with all the activities.

Happy Teaching, Nancy

Thanks for all the great 100th day activities. There are some great ones in there I will be trying in the future!

Amanda, Thanks for your comment. I'm glad that you found some fun ideas to use in your classroom. Let me know how it turned out.

Happy Teaching, Nancy

Gayle, Thanks for your comment! On the 100th day, I did the spelling test and 100 math problem test for prizes, we played race to a 100 and did the penny flip, and we also did the pe activities. We wrote 100th day poems with our little buddies and read books about the 100th day. We had an early out day on our 100th day, so we didn't get to as many things as I planned out, but we had fun! How did your 100th day go?

Happy Teaching, Nancy

Fun ideas. Let us know which ones you did with your class and how they responded. Thanks for sharing.

100's day is huge for us too! I am always looking for new ideas to use for 100's day. I love the idea of guessing which activity they can do in hundred seconds, then trying it. Also, the card-writing activity for soldiers is touching and makes a great community connection. Thanks!

Thanks for your comment Elaine, I appreciate it!

Happy 100th Day, Nancy

Really cute ideas.

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