It was the 100th day of school recently. We made glasses in the shape of a “100” and we made crowns. We also made special hats with ten strips of paper with ten fingerprints on each, that we stapled to a sentence strip that said “I am 100 days smarter.”
But the most hotly anticipated part: eating 100 snacks. I had been telling them about it for a week — “On the 100th day of school, guess what? We get to eat 100 snacks!” — and a few of them were worried. “I think I will get a tummy ache.” But most of them were thrilled and mystified.
Here’s how we did it.
I asked the parents to send in tiny snacks, things like M&Ms, chocolate chips, Cheerios, Apple Jacks, goldfish, etc. We had one bowl of each item for every table. We also had a 100 grid for each child.
The children started placing little pieces of food on each square. Some did it randomly. Others followed a pattern.
Some kids worked very carefully.
Others were a bit muddled.
But a wonderful 100th day was had by all.