by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder
100s day! How many ways can you count to one hundred? Whether by ones, fives, tens. or something different, reaching one hundred of something is quite an accomplishment! 100th Day was actually used to celebrate the 100th day since the beginning of school but has since become a "holiday" in its own right! Here are 100 things to choose from (or all the above over the next 100 days!)
1. Count to one hundred by ones! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ... 100!
2. Learn how to write 100 in Roman Numerals (hint: it is the same letter that begins the word cookie!)
3. Gather 100 raisins for a healthy snack! You will need the energy to get through this list!
4. Meet with a centurion (a person that has reached one hundred years old).
5. String 100 pieces of cheerios together on a piece of yarn and tie to create an edible necklace!
6. Add 4 quarters together. Guess how many cents this equals?
7. Sing "100 bottles of milk on the wall" (this one is guaranteed to drive mom and dad nuts!
8. Since it is springtime, plant 100 seeds today!
9. Run a "100 yard dash" (help measure to get the right distance or head to a local track!)
10. See if you can name 100 things to eat!
11. Look at a weather map from a hot summer day and color places in red where the temperature showed over 100 degrees!
12. See if you can find 100 circles (look on magazines, tires on cars, letter O's, the ball in the backyard, etc.).
13. Learn how to say 100 in Spanish (ciento).
14. Wrap up your parent with 100 pieces of toilet paper! (Be sure not to rip it!)
15. Build a "house" using 100 cards.
16. Create something using 100 Lego blocks.
17. Hook 100 paper clips end to end.
18. Brush your hair one hundred strokes.
19. Measure how far 100 inches is. Can you find something that is almost that length/height?
20. Find out what was in the news 100 years ago today.
21. Can you use 100 different crayons to create a picture?
22. See how many days it takes to read a book that is 100 pages (or more) at bedtime?
23. Cut out 100 strips of construction paper in equal lengths.
24. Count 100 m & m's -- then sort into groups of 10. After you are done you can eat them if your parent says it is ok (as long as you share!)
25. Paste the 100 strips into a chain link -- 100 rings long! Drape in your room for a decoration!
26. Take 100 "baby steps."
27. Look on a map of where you live. Draw a circle and find those cities that are 100 miles away in any direction. Pick a destination and see if you can *visit* there either in person or online for a virtual tour!
28. Learn how to say 100 in French! (cent)
29. Do 100 jumping jacks (Parents -- may need paramedics standing by!)
30. Complete this sentence: If I had $100 I would ______________.
31. Count to 1000 using - what else? 100's!
32. Draw a centipede -- with 100 legs!
33. Say 100 in German (hundert).
34. Draw the number 100 on a piece of construction paper. Now create a drawing from that!
35. Jump rope 100 times.
36. Count 20 nickels. How many cents are there? 100? You bet!
37. Make a picture using 100 pieces of colored macaroni.
38. Drop 100 pennies into your piggy bank.
39. Write 100 -- 100 times!
40.Say one hundred in Italian (cento).
41. Take time to smile at 100 people (even if it takes you a few days).
42. Catch 100 drops of water in a glass. How full did it get?
43. Watch a movie that is 100 minutes.
44. Bake one hundred bite size cookies.
45. Wrap one hundred cookies in batches of ten in sandwich bags, tie with bright ribbons and share with someone you know -- just because.
46. Write a letter to a soldier and tell him or her about your 100th day celebration. Tell him/her thank you for the freedom to do so.
47. Make 100 dots on a piece of paper in random order. Can you go back and connect them as a picture? 48. Find what the date is one hundred days from today.
49. Be quiet for 100 seconds.
50. Read Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, by Judith Viorst. Now take out 100 pennies. Read through the story again. This time, as Alexander loses money, remove that much from the penny pile. How much is left at the end of the story? How many pennies did Alexander lose?
51. Put together a 100 piece puzzle.
52. Turn on a 100 watt light bulb. Have mom or dad replace it with a 40 watt bulb. Which is brighter? Which do you like better?
53. Number one hundred index cards from 1 - 100. Shuffle and work to put them in order again. (Save these to reuse another time!)
54. Place 100 star shaped stickers on dark blue construction paper. Make your own constellations!
55. What things can you think of that can go 100 mph or faster?
56. Have your parent boil water. Have them use a candy thermometer to check the temperature of the water at boiling. Remove from heat and note the time. See how long it takes for the water to drop to 100 degrees.
57. What are 100 lions called?
58. If you flip a coin there is supposedly a 50% chance it will land on heads and another 50% chance it will land on tails. Create a chart showing heads on one side; tails on the other. Flip a coin 100 times and make a mark in each column to record the result. Add your totals. Were they really 50% each?
59. Think ahead 100 years! What do you think life will be like? What new inventions might there be? Will houses look the same as today? Draw a picture to illustrate.
60. Read I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words, by Michael Frith.
61. Using 100 pretzel sticks and peanut butter "glue", build a Log House.
62. Perform a community service activity. Take a garbage bag each and wearing rubber gloves see if you are able to pick up 100 pieces of trash. If you collect old cans you can recycle them as well!
63. Hop on one foot 100 times.
64. Blow 100 bubbles!
65. Add softened ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup in a container that can have a tight lid. (We have some mason jars that we have done this in which allow kids to see). Now count together as you shake vigorously 100 times.) Finally enjoy the results!
66. Measure 100 cm. Compare to 100 inches.
67. Bounce a ball 100 times.
68. Let family, friends and neighbors know you are collecting staple food items (canned and dry goods). Once you have collected 100 items, take and donate to your local food bank.
69. Pop 100 kernels of popcorn.
70. Write a googol! This is a math term for the number one followed by one hundred zeroes! Good luck!
71. Clap 100 times.
72. Using a food scale and various size cans, can you create a combination that reaches 100 ounces.
73. Drink 100 ml of juice.
74. Make a 100 day cake! Bake a two layer round cake. After cooling, cut squares out of the center of each. This makes the zeros. Put the two squares together to form the number one. Frost and enjoy!
75. Look at a $100 bill (or a picture of one). Who is the President? Learn more about him!
76. Run in place for 100 seconds.
77. Read One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes.
78. Game: Roll a pair of dice and write down your total. Then move to the next player on the left (in a circle). Keep taking turns and adding each roll to your previous sum. Winner is the first to reach 100 by an EXACT roll.
79. Build a creation using 100 miniature marshmallows and toothpicks! Will you build a robot, an animal. maybe an alien!
80. Make a long snake using 100 balls of cotton and a glue gun.
81. Walk 100 steps -- backwards! (Make sure that someone is facing the right direction that can warn you of any obstacles or dangers to watch out for!).
82. Throughout the day do a set of 10 sit-ups. Do this 10 times and you will have completed 100!
83. Look up what 100 parrots are called!
84. Gather several grocery store ads. "Shop" for items and see how much you could buy if you had $100 to spend. Make a list of your *pretend* purchases. See who can buy the most for their money.
85. Lick a tootsie roll lollipop 100 times. Did you get to the center?
86. Make a 100 day crown. Cut out a cardboard crown and tape in place to fit (or you can drop by Burger King and ask if they still have any!). Next, glue on things -- macaroni, teddy grahams, gumdrops, candies, pieces of construction paper, stickers, etc. until you have 100 items glued on.
87. Cut out 100 hearts and arrange to form various picture shapes.
88. Draw a picture with 100 animals.
89. Make a pizza with 100 olive slices.
90. Color 100 squares on graph paper. How many squares high and how many squares long is your shape?
91. Start with 100 toothpicks. Rubberband into groups of 10. How many groups of 10 toothpicks are in 100?
92. Make a costume of exactly 100 items. Stickers, pins, ribbons all can count toward your 100. Who can make the silliest? The scariest? The prettiest?
93. Draw a picture of a car, 100 years in the future.
94. Play 100 rounds of rock, paper, scissors.
95. Stand at your front door. Estimate 100 paces (big steps). Then test your guess by pacing of 100 steps. Was your estimation close?
96. Gather 10 different ingredients for snack mix -- mini pretzels, raisins, peanuts, almonds, carob chips, dried fruits, crackers, mini marshmallows, etc. Pass out ziplock snack bags and let everyone make a treat bag with exactly 100 items.
97. Try to think up 100 pairs of homonyms. Write them on pears and glue to a fruit tree poster.
98. Can you eat 100 pancakes? Have mom cook them very small!
99. Make a "100 t-shirt" by forming a design with 100 thumb prints or overlapping 100 hand prints on the shirt using fabric paint.
100. Parents, hide 100 paper chickens through the house. Then read The Wolf's Chicken Stew, by Keiko Kasza. Can the children find ALL the chickens? Good luck!
Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!
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