When is your 100th day of school? This can be tricky for half-day preschool programs! If your students come to school twice a week during the school year, they will NEVER have a 100th day in school! If they come three times a week during the school year, your 100th day will be at the end of the school year!
So, what do YOU do? You could include both classes in ONE count where you count every school day toward the 100 days, which puts our 100th day sometime in January, depending upon days you may be closed for holidays, school breaks and inclement weather.
This 100th Day of School Theme page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!
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You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
100th Day of School Theme Art
100 Hand Prints
Materials Needed: Finger paint, a large piece of paper (that will fit 100 hand prints on!) and smaller finger paint paper.
Provide the children with finger paint and their own paper to enjoy finger painting on.
As they come to the table, have them come over and make a few hand prints on the large paper to display on your 100th day.
NOTE: Determine how many hand prints each child will make in advance. For example, we have a total of 32 children in our programs combined.
We asked each child to place 3 hand prints on the large paper. That gave us 96 hand prints. Each of the teachers and the director also added a hand print bringing it to 100!
Colored Dot Sticker Art
Provide one brown bag for each child that has 100 dot stickers in it for them to create their own masterpiece with!
In advance, prepare brown bags (1 for each child) with 100 items that can be glued on paper such as pieces of construction paper, pom poms, etc.
The children glue their items on the paper into their own collage.
Provide a 100 stamps with a variety of pictures on them, and washable stamp pads
The children make their own scene using the stamps!
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your 100th Day of School Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
10 X 10 Snack Mix
Materials: 10 different items to add to a snack bag for trail mix (be aware of any food allergies).
Place each item in a separate bowl.
The children count out 10 of each snack into their baggies!
Snack items you could use are raisins, goldfish, M & M's, cheerios, etc.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your 100th Day of School Theme!
Make Preschool Money!
Make copies of a money template or make your own!
Have the children cut out rectangles and practice making "100" on the money and printing their names.
Provide small pictures of them from your computer for them to glue onto "their" money!
Materials needed: Black paper, white crayon or chalk, glue, brush, glitter, shallow trays.
Have the child print the number 100 on their paper (write the number lightly for those who need to trace it).
Have them then paint over their number 100 with a paint brush and glue.
Have them place their paper in a shallow tray and cover the glue number with glitter, let dry.
While drying, encourage them to draw a picture of what they would buy if they had 100 dollars! Write what they say on their paper or let them write their story as best they can (be sure to write i down somewhere also so that you have it to refer back to!
There are many people in our local communities that are in assisted living or nursing homes all around the country and the world.
Talk to the children about this (some of the residents in these homes are 100 years old!).
Some of them do not have family close by or a lot of visitors.
Tell them that as a class, they will fill out 100 cards and send them to the residents.
Provide blank unlined index cards for the children to decorate.
Miscellaneous Activities for Your 100th Day of School Theme!
100th Day Surprise Sign!
Before you begin this theme, draw the number "100" in block letter form, leaving lots of room for the children to decorate.
Give them whatever you like to glue inside the "1", "0" and "0"...stickers, scrap paper, miscellaneous arts and crafts or paint!
Put it aside.
Use this as a sign over your classroom door on the 100th Day! Hang it over the door, add words so it now says "Welcome to the 100th day of school!".
Add crepe paper streamers under the sign that the children walk through to enter the classroom!
Community 100 Collection
How about collecting 100 of something that a local community resource could use? Perhaps 100 cans of food for the food pantry, 100 packages (all together) of diapers and wipes for the local women's shelter, etc.
At the beginning of this theme (or the week before), send a note home letting families know of your upcoming 100th Day of School Theme.
Ask parents to work with their child to come up with an idea of 100 of something they can bring to school! It could be 100 pieces of junk mail, pennies, popcorn kernels, etc.
This is an opportunity for families to help their child with rote counting to 100! They may not realize how much 100 is, but this will help!
Display their items at a table or your Discovery/Science table with a sign that says "How much is 100?"
Hey there! Welcome to Preschool Plan It! I’m Cheryl, a preschool teacher of over 20 years.
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