100th Day of School Project

February 6, 2012

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.

Update: Here’s a photo of the final result.

And here it is with some other 100 day posters, hanging out in the hall.

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.

From This Mama Makes Stuff

100 Eye Monster from Tip Junkie 

And another one from Tip Junkie (Love Tip Junkie!). 100 Gum balls in a gum ball machine.

From JK Create on Etsy and So Knit Picky

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.

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  • Reply Karin February 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Never heard of the 100th day thing, I don’t think anyone celebrates that around here. But I think you found some great ideas! Love the crayon one, so fun and colourful!

  • Reply Reticula February 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    My kids didn’t do a 100th day project back in the 80’s and 90’s when they were in preschool. At first I thought it seemed a little forced, the idea of it. And a pain in the ass. But after you shared Harry’s project and the other ideas, I see real potential in it. I’m going to pass this post along to some of the younger moms in my old homeschool group. It would be fun to see all the creative ideas kids came up with. Thanks!

  • Reply Annettek February 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I hated those projects! One year we used Q-tips. Luckily my boy was too young to be embarrassed!

  • Reply FreeRange Pamela February 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    They do the 100-day thing in our Central TX elementary school, and they did it in pre-K in Brooklyn, as well. I never heard of it before that. Good ideas! Last year, we had to do a t-shirt design, which sent us (uncharacteristically) to Hobby Lobby. This parenting business involves way more creativity than I expected.

  • Reply Anna Skamarakas February 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    When Eilis was in kindergarten, we packed 100 lunches for the homeless shelter. When Granuaile was in kindergarten, we printed out thumbnail sized versions of the 100 books she had read in those 100 days and put them on a poster. I thought I was done 🙁 Granuaile is now in 1st grade and has a 100 days project due Friday. AND they have to bring in 100 pieces of something to be tossed into the class trail mix. So not only do I have to come up with a project, I have to count out 100 goldfish/M&Ms/pieces of popcorn/pretzels, etc. What mom has this kinda time??

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura February 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Oh! I love the 100 lunches for a homeless shelter. That is so smart and purposeful!

  • Reply Tara February 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    None of the schools where I taught in Georgia did the 100th day thing. But, both schools here in Texas where my daughter has attended have done it up big. Can’t remember what she did in pre-k. Last year in Kindergarten, she brought in a poster with 100 stickers on it. This year, in 1st grade, she wore a shirt with “The 100th Day Rocks” on it (I found the iron-on on Etsy) and each kid brought in a different snack item so they could make a snack bag of 100 items. I don’t think they really do anything from 2nd grade on.

  • Reply Rachel February 7, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I remember celebrating 100th day in elementary, but we never did projects (at least that I can remember). I believe it was the 1/2 way point of the school year.

  • Reply Barchbo February 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Ugh. This is why I taught teenagers. If my son has to do one of these projects, maybe I can send him to your house? 🙂 I can’t wait to see what Harry came up with for his project!

  • Reply Kpaull February 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    You should be done with the 100 days thing as of now. We did a shirt with Nate, a poster with Jack and a baggie of cheerios with Gavin. It is fun, and we have been counting to 100 alot around here. We have done 100 bounces of the ball, jumping jacks, jumping on one foot, etc. It is fun, but I will not miss this tradition. Love the paint chip idea!

  • Reply Uberlynn February 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Anna, first-grader should be able to count 100 items. That’s the point! 10 piles of 10.

  • Reply SoKnitpicky February 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Hi, Laura. Thanks for mentioning the crayon project! I definitely did not have the 100 Day thing when I was in school. It was “celebrated” by the time my older daughter was in elementary (she’s in 7th now), but it didn’t seem to be as big of a deal. Our directions were to have the kids focus on counting to 100 when selecting their items and then make it a family project to find a way to “creatively” display the items. My little one naturally loves to arrange things in “rainbow order” and line things up, and she did beautifully, but I too found myself having to resist the urge to veto using certain colors or to nudge things into perfect alignment. I recently read a blog post about teachers being tempted to “fix” art work before sending it home to make it more refrigerator-worthy, so it’s not just parents who wrestle with deciding where to draw the boundaries!

    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura February 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Oh I LOVE the crayon project. I totally want to do it. Just for fun.

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  • Reply Melody February 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    We are in Dallas TX and in third grade. We had to do a poster. Thinking for a 3rd grader it should have been more than 100 items on a page. Kindergarten was an awesome project…..folded posterboard in half to make a book. Inside had 100 wiggly eyes. poem on cover said… Ms. Lee, Ms. Lee what do you see? Inside says: I see 100 eyes looking at me!! Too bad we didn’t stick to just stickers while we were able to do so 🙂 Durning my searching the WWW over for 3rd grade poster I came across teachers blogs where the kids could stick 100 of something on the poster but they also had to answer in paragraph from why they chose to do what they did…

  • Reply Jenn October 8, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I love the ribbon on the string…Im so helping my son do that fopr his 100 days of school which should be coming up pretty soon.. 🙂

  • Reply Kelley February 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I’m helping my son come up with an idea for the hundredth day of school. I had an idea of taking Hershey’s kisses or Reese peanut butter cups and making a 100.

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