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Fun 100 Day Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more! Tons of fun activities for school!

100th Day Activities for Kindergarten

Are you looking for the 100th day of school activities?The 100th day of kindergarten is sort of a big deal (upper elementary school teachers laugh at us!) But the 100th Day celebration is way up there in the School Year Hall of Fame!

Every day we track the number of school days on pieces of paper or on a calendar.  You can feel the excitement build as we get ready for our 100th day fun!

This blog post will give you some great ideas for your 100th day activities. Naturally, lots of learning, counting, and math activities are included, but you know I love a good book too!

100th Day of School Book Suggestions

I’m going to suggest a mixture of books that you would read to your class and books you would have your students browse on their own.  

Each year on the 100th day, we invited our 4th grade buddies to join us.  Each kindergarten student would pair up with an older student.  They would start the celebration by reading to each other.  Having a bin of books is a great way to offer variety and students can select a book they feel comfortable reading. I’ve included a few emergent readers in this list for those book buddy times! NOTE:  You will find affiliate links in this blog post.

Planet Kindergarten 100 Days in Orbit by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

This is a playful space-themed read that’s part of the Planet Kindergarten collection. Kids will love its comic book-like style. Throughout the book, the kindernauts recall their exciting journeys and newly acquired skills during their 100-day mission at school.

100th Day Worries by Margery Culer

Jessica is supposed to bring 100 things to school.  But she can’t decide what to bring… so she starts to worry.

This book is precious and it is one of my favorites!  It also provides an opportunity to talk about character emotions and ways to solve a problem.

Check out this cute video!

Miss Mingo and the 100th Day of School by Jamie Harper

When I got this book in the mail and I was pumped! I know my class is going to love it just like they love Miss Mingo. They’re going to have a blast reading about the 100th day of school activities Miss Minho’s class does and seeing how it compares to our own.

This book also has some great activity ideas like making a structure out of 100 cups! 

We always love a good STEM challenge!

100 Snowmen by Jen Arena

Okay, so this book might not be a classic 100th day of school pick, but I love it for math! Your students will have a blast counting and adding up the snowmen until they finally reach 100. And they’ll totally crack up at the silly things these snowmen do on each page!

This is a rhyming book that is highly interactive!

You can see what I mean below!

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day by Joseph Slate

Miss Bindergarten is a total kindergarten favorite! The Miss Bindergarten books are like an alphabet book, which is we love!  Each student, from A to Z, brings something for the 100th day celebration – it’s just a blast to read out loud!

Jake’s 100th Day of School by Lester Laminak

Jake is thrilled to share his collection of 100 pictures on the 100th day of school, until he realizes he left it at home. But don’t worry! Jake’s kind principal comes to the rescue and helps him so he can proudly present his collection in class. This is a heartwarming story that readers will love on the 100th day of school.

This is a great book for all grade levels!

100 Days of Cool by Stuart J. Murphy

In “100 Days of Cool”, four friends plan a daily surprise as they count down to the 100th day of school. They come up with some “cool” stuff like a service project, costumes, pranks, and more. This book will get kids’ imaginations going and inspire them as they plan their own 100th day celebration in the classroom.

100 School Days by Anne Rockwell

“100 School Days” is a book that follows a class as they count down to the 100th day of school. Each time they hit a multiple of ten, someone brings in a special item like 10 balloons or 50 shells. It’s a great tool for counting by tens and for inspiring students to bring their own items for the 100th day celebration.

Fancy Nancy and the 100th Day of School by Jane O’Connor

Fancy Nancy is getting ready for the 100th day of school, but she’s not sure what to bring. She comes up with a super creative solution that honors their recently passed pet fish. It’s a bit of a heavy topic for the 100th day of school, but I think your students will love it! The story is a gentle way to talk about losing a pet and finding ways to keep their memory alive.

The 100th Day of School by Angela Shelf Medearis

This is another one of the great emergent readers!  It is written in rhyme so you can practice some phonemic awareness skills while you read it!

It lists a lot of different 100th day activities and ways to celebrate this fun day.

One Hundred Shoes by Charles Ghigna

Centipede has 100 feet, which means 100 shoes to choose from! How does Centipede decide which shoes to wear? This Math Reader clearly explains the idea of pairs and multiple sets through fun, rhyming text and colorful illustrations.

Counting to 100 Videos

These videos are great at any time of the year, but they offer a great opportunity for brain breaks throughout the 100th day of school!  Get those wiggles OUT!

This video would be great for first graders or second graders too! It talks about different ways to count to 100.  Such as grouping objects together in 10s or 10s!  You may not want to wait until the 100th day of school to share this one!

100TH dAY OF sCHOOL pOEM

This is an original poem I wrote that we sing all week! It is a great way to build anticipation of the 100th day of school! Students add the poem to their poetry notebooks as well! This is part of our 5-day fluency plan. You can read more about it by clicking:

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!
100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

There is also a little book that goes along with each poem!

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

Additional 100th Day of School Ideas

Each year I set up my 100th day of school centers. This is a perfect opportunity to get kids up and moving. If you have parent volunteers, they will love helping out. However, I typically ran the day on my own and I survived unscathed. 

100th Day of School Trail Mix Recipe

What goes into the 100th Day of School Trail Mix?  Here are a few ingredient ideas:

  • Fruit Loops
  • Cheerios
  • Other cereal
  • Mini-Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Goldfish
  • Jelly Beans
  • Yogurt Covered Raisins
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Popcorn
  • Banana Crisps
  • M & Ms
  • Cheeze-Its
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Smarties
  • Gummy Bears
  • Animal Crackers
  • Red Hots

Each student is given a little cup and a place on the sorting map to count out 10 items. As you can see, they come up and take turns in small groups. Then they return to their seat and dump those 10 items in a bag. They keep returning until they have 100 items in the bag. What do we do with the leftovers? We can make a cereal necklace and eat like kings the entire day!

Threading cereal onto a string is great for helping fine motor skills and makes a mess, but it is WORTH it!

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

Dressing up like we are 100 years old is so much fun! This is a popular idea and I know why. I love seeing the whole class wobble into class in their best centenarian garb! Be sure to get pictures of your students dressed up!

Counting to 100!

It is fair to say, we spend all day counting. This hundreds chart mat is one of the best ways to keep track!  After students have finished practicing their mad math skills, they can glue these objects onto a sentence strip and make their own 100th Day Crown.

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

When I worked with 1st grade students, we counted to 120, so I made this version for those older kids.

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

We also discuss more or less!  Here are some fun ideas for filling these jars with small objects:

  • Pony Beads
  • Pattern Blocks
  • cm Cubes
  • Macaroni
  • Counting Chips
  • Googly Eyes
  • Snap Cubes
  • Mini Erasers
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Puzzle Pieces
100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

With EVEN more counting!

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!
100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

We also compare the weights of different items and document our answers.

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

Did I mention counting? LOL

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!
Race to 100
100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!
Tally Marks Race to 100

These easy prep printables and  100th day activities can be found:

100’s Chart Activities

These mystery pictures are such a fun activity that students work on collaboratively! As students rotate into different stations, they can work on completing these puzzles. You can also use them as an early finisher activity. Kindergarten students love these all year long and there is lots of math fun in each one!

100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!
100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more!

You can find these 100’s chart activities by clicking:

I hope you found some fun 100th Days of School activities that you can add to your lesson plans this year (or next year if you have already celebrated it. This special day is one of my most treasured kindergarten activities! Yes, at the end of the day, you will all be tired, but it is such a fun day that you won’t regret the fatigue one bit!

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100 Day Activities for Kindergarten including books, videos, poems, center activities, and more! Tons of fun activities for school!

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Deedee Wills

My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

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  1. How do you clean the stamps? Are the kids repsonsible for cleaning them off in some way, or do they just stay inked all the time? I'm getting ready to set up stamping in my room and I'm trying to think through the logistics! I love to see all your ideas!

    1. Hi Amy. I don't clean the stamps. I just leave them messy ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Logistics hints: I took the lids off the stamping containers. I used to leave them on, but when the kids would open them all of the stamps would bounce out. I also check the stamping station after each rotation at first to make sure the stamps were put away correctly. I still check them when a few of my sweeties go there… ha! I also talk to them about getting ink on their hands. I tell them it will happen and they can wash their hands when they are done… BUT I don't want to have them get ink on their hands on purpose (and I tell them that I can TELL if they do it on purpose [insert evil eye].

      I hope that helps.

  2. Love the cute monster! Thank you for the tip on the hyperlinks. I hope to get back to linking up with you for Peek at My Week in the next week or two. We are getting ready to start our RtI second cycle so I will be linking up my RtI plans again. Thank you for doing the Peek at My Week!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. No, most of the activities are super familiar to the students, so I don't need to teach them what to do. When they ask me, "What does the sentence say?" I usually say, " What do you think it says?" They almost always can figure it out. Same thing with some of the other sheets. They are familiar tasks, so I just say, "What do you think you need to do?" When they tell me, I just smile at them… and off they go!

  3. I love your plans, and can't wait to figure out how to do this as well! It would make it so easy when I go to look at this year's plans next year too! Then I would know exactly what TPT resource I used and everything!

    Thanks for the awesome linky too!!

    Mrs. 3rd Grade

  4. I L.O.V.E. your new plans and your new blogover! You taught me to do visual plans in the first place, so now, you'll have to show us all how to do your new way to post!
    Thanks for hosting,
    Brooke

  5. Deedee, I love your new blogover! It is so cute! I have taught/used MWS for the last 3-4 years. The success my students have shown is amazing so I REALLY want to venture out and try LWS. I have just never found a good way to make it work. I'd love for some pointers of good units for start up and even a reference post if you've had one. Thanks for your help!!

    Christin
    Shifting Teacher K-2

  6. Deedee, thank you for sharing your "Peek at my Week"! I love your link-up! I am considering linking up and sharing my week, but as I look at yours and other wonderful bloggers, it looks somewhat tedious… although inspiring and fun! About how long does it take for you to complete your "Peek at my Week" each week?! I'd love some input! Also, my students also love stamps! I can't seem to keep the ink pads from drying up… do you also have the same problem? Any tips or best places to buy ink pads for cheap?! Thanks a bunch!
    ~Jacqueline
    I is for Inspire

    1. I have used the same scented pad since the beginning of the year. My poor children probably think I only have one color! It is called "Scented Stamp Pad" [catchy name] and it is made by Educational Insights. I am 99% sure I bought them from Amazon (since I buy almost everything from Amazon).

  7. Would you mind sharing how you are using Deanna Jump's pack in Reading Workshop? Are you reading a text & modeling how to do the response and then have them do it?

    1. Sure! Right now we are reading informational texts. Since we are learning about weather, I read a Scholastic Vocabulary book called "Weather." We then looked at some of the features of informational texts and put them in our notebook. As time progresses, I will use the notebooks as a way to respond to literature and informational texts. The lend themselves to virtually any book.

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