Hi friends!
We are just now recovering from last week’s absolutely FUNtastic
100th Day of School Party!
What a good time we had! 🙂
Yes, it was loud and crazy and at times a wee bit chaotic
(12 kids ranging from 2 years old to 12 years old, surrounded by candy, snacks, balloons and friends basically boils down to excited mayhem)…
BUT, in all, I’d say it was a wild success (with an emphasis on wild!) 😉 
I gotta say, it reminded me of my teaching days in public school.  As other teachers can well verify, the day of (and sometimes week before) any big school party tends to be JUST a little bit nuts. 
So why on earth would I think it is ANY different with my own kids and their homeschooling friends?
 Kids will still be kids, and sometimes, ya gotta just let things go and roll with it.
Plus, these homeschoolers have each been working so hard and their school year is more than half way done, so it was great to take a break, come together and PARTY
I hope the kids felt celebrated and loved. 
We had a little Valentine’s Day mixed in too, and so at the end of the party, the kids exchanged cards with one another, which was fun. 
Unfortunately, I have no pictures FROM the party, but honestly, if you were here, you would understand why that slipped my mind.
Still, I wanted to share the activities that I thought were most successful so you can perhaps use some of these ideas with your own super-smart students or homeschoolers.
These seven activities are in no particular order.
Seven Super-Fun
100th Day of School Activities

Show and Tell –Collections of 100
This one is pretty classic for 100th Day of School, and most traditional schools use it.
When it comes to options, the sky’s the limit!
To do before the party:
Each student needs to come up with 100 items to “show and tell” on the 100th day.
This can be a loose collection of items (100 items from the family’s “junk drawer,” 100 shells collected from a family vacation, 100 toy cars–one boy did this for our party, and it was a big hit with all the little boys!)
Or, they can bring in a poster board or other type of display with 100 items glued or taped to it. 
Students take turns showing and telling about their collection
One of our gals brought a really neat “money tree” with 100 monopoly dollars taped onto it.
Another boy made a structure with 100 lego pieces.
A couple of the girls who attended our party made necklaces with 100 beads.
Before we created the gumball machine above, my kindergartner and I made this with tiny gumbands and a safety pin:
and while I thought it was PERFECT, in the end she decided it was too tiny and unimpressive of a collection. 🙂
Pop 100 balloons in 100 seconds.
To to before the party:
Blow up 100 balloons!
Have students pop all 100 balloons in 100 seconds. 🙂
Ok, not gonna lie.  We only popped 50 balloons.  I just never got around to blowing up the other 50, and the first 50 were already taking over my house on the days leading up to the party.  Finally, I just said, OH WELL, we’ll just skip this activity.  But when the kids came, and saw the balloons, they thought it was the greatest idea ever to pop them, so we gave them 100 seconds to pop “all the balloons in the room,” and they LOVED it.  My favorite part?  They had 100 seconds to clean up all the balloon pieces, and my house is officially balloon-free! 🙂
Smarties Scavenger Hunt

This was my favorite activity of the party, and it was great to see how the kids worked together for it.
To do before the party:
Cut out 100 hearts in 10 different colors each (10 red, 10 orange, 10 yellow…) If you have access to a die-cut machine, you could do this very quickly and could use any shape you wanted.  Next, tape a pack of smarties to each one…SMARTies being the perfect candy for OBVIOUS reasons! 
Next, tape all 100 hearts in various places throughout the house. 
Much like an Easter egg hunt, you’ll want to “hide” them in plain sight.
To begin the hunt, each of the kids participating are given a brown paper bag with a different colored heart glued on it. We had 10 kids who played, so it worked out perfectly to do 10 colors.
However, another option would be to do 4 teams of kids, with each team looking for 25 hearts, or two teams each trying to find 50 hearts before the other team finds their 50. You could change it up to suit the number in your group. 
The kids have to search until they find 10 smartie-hearts that match the color on their bag.  If they see another color heart hanging, they must leave it alone, and ONLY look for their own color! 
Once they have all 10, they are to come back to home base (for us, this was the living room).
I adapted our game a bit since we had such a wide range of ages.  To keep things fair, I buddied up each older child with a younger child.  The buddies were supposed to help each other out, and they could not return to home base in the living room until BOTH of them had found all their hearts.  This worked out great, and all through the game, you could hear the kids yelling, “BUDDY!  Look, a blue heart!” “Buddy, over here!” etc.
And the excited screams of “YESSSSS! I found all 10!  I FOUND ALL 10!!” were nothing short of hilarious.
When everyone was back together, each child lined up all their smartie-hearts, and we went around the circle, counting them up by 10s…for a total of 100!
It was really a lot of fun.
Estimating which Jar contains 100
To do before the party:
Fill a number of clear jars with different types of candy (or any item).  Put 100 in some jars, but not in others. Alternatively, you could have only 1 jar with 100 in it.
Kids have to estimate which jars have 100.  Winner gets prize!
One thing I learned from this activity is that I should have saved it for LAST, since the candy involved took the kids to another level of crazy excitement in the middle of the party 🙂
Each child was given this little piece of paper, which I made up real quick in Word documents, then printed and cut out before the party…
The clue at the bottom helped a lot, especially since this was a lot harder for the younger kiddos.
To add to their motivation to choose carefully, I let them in on the prize:  whoever guessed correctly would get to take home 100 pieces of candy of their choice from the “Candy Shoppe.” 
(All runners-up would still get to take home a bag of 25 pieces).
The kids seemed to enjoy this, and we had 4 children who were only off by 1 in their answers (no one got them all right).  Some of the jars were tricky (on purpose).  For example, some of the half-filled jars contained 100, while some of the completely filled jars had far less or more than 100. 
Overall, I was impressed by how well they all did!  They’re so smart!
Next up:
We had two make-and-take options for the kids.
They could EITHER make a 100-piece cereal necklace using Froot Loops
They could create a portrait of what they might look like at age 100.
Make a 100-Piece Cereal Necklace
To do before the party:
Prepare yarn by tying a knot around one piece of cereal at one end, and wrapping the other end with tape to make for easier stringing.  Make sure you have enough “O’s” for the number of kids participating, and provide snack-sized baggies for each child to put their necklace in (unless they choose to wear it…and munch on it as my little ones did).
Each child counts out 100 pieces of cereal (don’t forget to count the one already on the string!).
Easiest way is to create 10 groups of 10.
Begin stringing, and have an adult help tie the knot once done!
The cereal necklace seemed to be more exciting for the much younger kids, but the Self-Portrait was by far the most popular choice of the make-and-takes, and I do so wish I had taken a picture of each child’s work. 
(The artwork shown below was done by me and my kiddos earlier in the week and displayed as examples).
100 Year Old Self-Portrait
To do before the party:
Prepare all materials.
For ours, we used:
* A black picture frame and a blue background,
both of which I pre-cut using construction paper, knowing the kids would not have time to sit and do this the day of the party.
Then, I filled plastic cups with everything needed to create each portrait, including:
* Clothing (cut from scrap fabrics and felts, though construction paper is also an option)
*Fancy things for dressing up the older ladies–faux pearls and beads, ribbons, etc.
* Buttons and Ties to dress up the older gentlemen (ties cut from fabric)
* Blank faces, wiggley eyes, and an assortment of paper lips.
*Hair for faces and heads-used cotton balls and round cotton pads
*Blank white strips for name-tags
* Sharpie markers for drawing in wrinkles, noses, etc
*Crayons, glue, scissors
Talk to the kids about what they might dress like, and how they might look at age 100.
(point out that our skin wrinkles as we age, sometimes our hair thins or falls out, we may wear glasses to help us see, etc)
Let them create their self-portrait!
These are sure to be a hoot!
100-Piece Snack Mix
To do before the party:
Gather 10 different snacks, and place in 10 separate bowls.
For ours, we used raisins, m&ms, chex cereal, cheez-its, baked cheetos, mini oreos, oyster crackers, popcorn, fishy crackers, and pretzels).
Give each child a bag or plate, and let them count out 10 of each snack to create their 100-piece mix.
Other Food Ideas
There are lots of great little options for food when it comes to hosting a 100th Day of School Party.
Along with our cupcakes, chips and dips, we served cut veggies and fruits.
When our party began, I told the kids to look for 100’s in their food…
It wasn’t long before they were putting a celery stick together with 2 sliced cucumbers,
or a carrot with two cherry tomatoes to make 100.
I also sliced pineapple into rounds and put it in a bowl with rectangular watermelon pieces
(One watermelon and two pineapple rounds makes a nice 100).
If you serve sandwiches at your party, 
you could cut some into strips (for 1’s) and use a cookie cutter to slice some 0’s.
Be creative and make it all about the kids!
Whatever activities and foods you come up with, I hope your Party is a WILD success.
Happy, Happy 100th Day of School!
**Special thanks to Alaina, Rhonda, and Sue for sharing your sweet ones with us for the afternoon, and to Meghan and Sarah for all your help at the party in cleaning and helping with activities.**

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