This is the second year in a row that Harry has done a project for the 100th day of school. I guess this is now a thing? When did this become a thing? (Dumb first-time parent question: Do they do this every year for all eternity? Or is this just a pre-school/kindergarten thing? I’m guessing this will end at some point.) Last year, we were at a different school and Harry was charged with bringing 100 items in a box. He took 100 treasures to school…(we use the term ‘treasures’ lightly around here. A rock = a treasure.)…so basically he took a big box of rocks to school, and the whole project was sort-of a hot mess.
This year, he was asked to put 100 items on a poster board. So the rocks were out. The other thing about this year’s project was its most-important direction…the kid has to do it himself. He has to decide what he wants to do. And he has to do it. No competition for the best-poster-EVAH between parents here. No sir, this one’s for the kids. And. If you know my dark sides at all, you know I hate this direction. Because these are the kinds of projects that I overly love in a really dumb way, and these are the kinds of projects that every ounce of me is inclined to completely take over.
But I didn’t. I stood back, bit my tongue and
let made Harry run with it (much to his dismay). He wasn’t that into it. But we talked about a lot of ideas. 100 Pennies. 100 Legos. Other 100 objects that would need to be purchased. He suggested paper boxes in different colors. (Great idea. And free!) I suggested Post-Its (so we’d not have to cut anything). He suggested Post-Its, but with lots of cutting. And after a lot of indecision and some intense whining (by both of us), we did it, and it’s done.
And honestly, the kid did it himself for the most part. I helped with some of the cutting, but he was very specific and indignant about what he wanted this to be and how he wanted it to look. I don’t have a photo of the final because 6 am came especially early this morning, but it was a more linear version of the top photo with numbers written in the squares and his name in cursive (kind of ) in glitter paint (glitter paint? really?) at the top. I’ll add a photo tomorrow, but all in all, it turned out great, maybe not how I would have done it…but honestly, thank God for that because this one is so Harry, and it’s awesome. Also, it’s done.
And because I muffled myself from
taking over Harry’s project sharing ideas with Harry, I’ll share some cool 100th day ideas with you. Just in case you your child is ever in the need of ideas. I love these.
From Aesthetics of Joy. This one actually reminds me of Harry’s. Only with paint chips. Smart. No cutting involved.
100 Eye Monster from Tip Junkie
And another one from Tip Junkie (Love Tip Junkie!). 100 Gum balls in a gum ball machine.
Okay, this one is totally rad, but Harry was not into it at all. But how cool is this? 100 crayons, some glue, a hair dryer and bam. Here’s a great tutorial.
Or you can buy one here.