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January 9, 2014 Celebrate the 100th Day for Free! By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    The 100th day of school is almost upon us, and if you usually celebrate the occasion by having your students count out food or small objects, it behooves me to tell you there is a much easier and cheaper alternative.

    This is especially helpful if your 100th day falls around Valentine’s Day, like mine does. Having two parties in a row is difficult, and to me, Valentine’s Day is more important. I still want to celebrate the 100th day and give my students a sense of accomplishment, but not everything has to be a “party” in the traditional sense.

    So here’s my version of a compromise: a fun, engaging activity that still involves counting, but does not require sorting for each child. Students can do this activity on their own while adding some individuality to it, and they can actually hold something in their hands and keep it.

    The I Can Count to 100 Book


    • White construction paper (three sheets per child)
    • Markers
    • Crayons
    • Glue
    • Anything with words and pictures: magazines, newspapers, junk mail, etc.
    • Foil star stickers
    • Stamp pads


    To start, have your students fold each piece of paper in half and put them together to form a book of ten pages (plus front and back covers).

    The front cover is simply the title of the book, and it can be decorated however you want. On the inside pages, we’re counting by tens, so you need ten things on each page.


    Front Cover


    Tally Marks

    Happy Faces






    Sight Words





    Tic Tac Toe Games



    Back Cover


    And there you have it. Of course, this project can be adapted any way you want. In my opinion, it’s easiest to use just a few materials. Your students can express their creativity through color, design, and arrangement choices.

    If you want to add a little something extra, play the song "100 Days of School Today" in the morning, during transitions, and at the end of the day. The kids will love it!


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