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Need Suggestions for Child's 100Th Day Celebration at School

Hi Moms,

Next Tuesday is the 100th day of school for my pre-kindergarten son and he (according to the note that went home) can either 1) dress like he is 100 years old or 2) wear a "costume" with 100 "things" on it...like 100 dots or 100 buttons, etc.

This is a hard one to me and I am in need of your suggestions. I want him to be among those kiddos participating, but I have no idea what to do about how to make him look 100 years old (other than spraying gray hair paint in his hair) or 100 things to attach to an outfit...that wouldn't take 100 years to do (like sewing on 100 buttons)!!!

Please help! Thanks.

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100 piece puzzles are easy to come by - you could probably glue 100 pieces to a cheap sweat suit from Wal Mart, a thrift store or the dollar store pretty quickly

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If he's old enough to be safe with it, you could do safety pins on a shirt, either by themselves or with beads. This way you can take them off later.

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Get a hot melt glue gun and stick on any thing like m&ms or skittles. Or get some little stickers like gold stars and just stick them on. Or use an old shirt and just draw on the numbers 1 -100 or 100 smiley faces with a sharpey. Don't sweat it and have fun!

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Hi fellow Mom!

I've run into this one a few times over since my two older children started school. And it's not the only "project" you're going to run into over the years. I've learned that there is absolutely no reason we should have to exhaust ourselves in order to help our children get the most out of something like this. The best thing is to get your son in on the fun. Here are a couple suggestions for a costume that are quick and relatively easy, require little investment (less than $30) and get your son involved in the fun of creating his costume:

Cheerio or Fruit Loop necklace:

Long piece of yarn and a box of cereal of your choice. Have your son help you count out 100 whole pieces of cheerios or loops and enjoy a few as a snack as you count. Once you have them counted out, hold one end of the yarn and have him thread the cereal onto the other end then tie the ends in a knot. Also, this particular project is easy enough to do that you and your son could make a necklace for everyone in his class and he could pass them out. At the end of the day, they can make a snack out of their costume accessory and it pulls in other kids in the class who might not have been able to dress up in a 100th day of school costume!

Fingerprint T-Shirt

Finger paint (primary colors) and a white t-shirt. You can pick up children size packages of three to five t-shirts at Wal-Mart. Get a slightly larger size than he wears, though. Let him have some fun putting 100 colorful finger prints all over the shirt and count with him as he puts each print on the shirt. Then hang the shirt up on the shower curtain rod overnight to dry. This is a project you could do on Saturday morning that would definitely be ready by Tuesday.

Hope this helps!! Just have fun with it and let your son help. He won't even realize he's learning to count to 100 in the process! Just remember to take a few breaks every now and then to help keep his interest.

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100 piece puzzles are easy to come by - you could probably glue 100 pieces to a cheap sweat suit from Wal Mart, a thrift store or the dollar store pretty quickly

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Get a baseball cap or fishing hat and tacky glue 100 pom poms on it. Have your son count out the poms.

I've seen hats with flowers, fake jewels, stickers, poms, wrapped candy (those red and white mints), straws (that hat was wild looking).

You could also do the same thing with a t-shirt. Just make sure you use fabric glue.

What ever you decide, just give the glue plenty of time to dry. Have fun with it!

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hot glue things on. i belive family circle mag had 100 things day with different ways of showing 100 days. flower or baby powder in the hair would be better than spray paint. a cane, and dressing with black knee high socks and shorts. perhaps even a little gut (pillow) under his shirt. you could glue on crayons, bugs, even puzzle peices. good luck.

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Get a hot melt glue gun and stick on any thing like m&ms or skittles. Or get some little stickers like gold stars and just stick them on. Or use an old shirt and just draw on the numbers 1 -100 or 100 smiley faces with a sharpey. Don't sweat it and have fun!

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The first thing that comes to mind is those round circle's that are used for price tag's, write the numbers on them and just put them on..Will come off later and will not hurt the clothes.

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My daughter is suppose to bring 100 stickers to school and they are going to each make a crown and stick the stickers on it. You could do the same thing with a baseball cap or any other article of clothing. You can buy a tablet with 100's of stickers in them at Walmart or Target for a couple of bucks.

Good luck,
K.

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can you choose a famous person that existed 100 years ago? This site will tell you famous people born in 1910. http://www.famouswhy.com/Born_Today/Year/1910.html
There were football players, baseball players, physicists......you name it. Why don't you ask your teacher if that will work?

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Go with the cereal necklace suggestion. In this economy its nuts to spend money on an outfit that will never be used again. and that will be ruined. I have never heard for having to make a kid look 100 years old. Our kids always had to do the 100 day but it was bring in a hundred of something (straws legos crackers etc) to count with. never had to buy anything special for it. teacher is not really using her head on this one.

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I have three boys and I didn't have time for costuming (whether it is Rodeo Day or Circus Day or whatever theme, yes it goes on and on...). I thought some of the costumes the teacher suggested came out pretty nice: paper bag cut to wear as a sheriff's vest; hat made from construction paper; oversized white t-shirt with black spots (largish) to "look" like a cow ;)

My first suggestion is to take it easy with a costume; if it doesn't happen, believe me, he won't be the only not in costume. One year I visited a local thrift store and found a suit jacket that gave the "old", adult look; added a tie and voila! You may even find a hat that fits your purpose, but I avoid buying hats because of lice potential. Paper hats are more fun and your boy may have fun decorating it.

Secondly, when I was running out of ideas for my third boy when he was in pre-K (or was it kindergarten?), we did "100 broken crayons" !! It turned into a nice hand-me-down (so to speak) to give to the teachers for whoever does those ironing crayons art work.

And don't sweat it. If you have some ideas (maybe call the teacher today!), and can give your son a couple to choose from, you can do something simple over the weekend. You will have to do the work but make it something easy for you to do. Whatever you choose, your son will appreciate it (and remember to take a picture).

Cheers, D.

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100 hundred buttons
100 happy faces
100 stickers, he can this by himself
glue gun

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Sorry we did 100 buttons. Both my daughter and I took turns sewing buttons. Why not just use the number 100 and attach it to sunglasses or a sweatshirt. Maybe he could bring 100 M & M's in a baggie. I like the Fruit loop or Lifesaver necklace. Could you take a picture of items in 100s and put them on transfer paper and put them on a shirt. I know that is probably like the buttons but still fun. Have fun

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My daughters put 100 small barrettes in their long hair (we braided it first) but that won't help your son. Bead necklaces and bracelets. Don't get too worked up about it. I've had three kids and there will always be one or two kids who show up with nothing done. (it's forgotten or they just don't care) So any effort is appreciated and whatever you do- dont' toss it- at my kids school they celebrated 100 day from Pre-k all the way to third grade. Those barrettes were well used! So it might be worth buying a bucket of cheap big beads and stringing them and putting them away after the day is over. Better than gluing to something he can't wear next year. Good luck.

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Stickers! Safety pin chains.

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If he's old enough to be safe with it, you could do safety pins on a shirt, either by themselves or with beads. This way you can take them off later.

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Make a paper hat band by cutting a 2 in wide strip of paper bag and fitting it around his head. Tape a cut out of a "pirate hat" shape, also from the paper bag and attach to the hat band. Put 100 stickers on it. You can get those books of stickers at the craft store or Dollar store for a dollar. You can use poster board for a sturdier hat.

100 fruit loops necklace, easy and tasty.
Oh, if you go with buttons no sewing, glue gun all the way. So much easier!!

My son's kindergarten class made dalmation t-shirts with 100 black dots painted on them to celebrate the 100th day of school. That wouldn't be too difficult to duplicate at home. They also made headbands with dog ears to complete the 'costume.' It was too cute. And he still uses that t-shirt as a sleep shirt two years later.

How about a shirt with 100 stickers on it? If you don't want to risk a shirt with left-over sticker glue on it, a sandwich board type of "costume" with 100 stickers?

How about 100 stickers? Fun and cheap!

I love Tabitha S's T-shirt idea.

To save time and money: instead of buying a new t-shirt, you can use a t-shirt that still fits him but you're going to throw out because it has a stain. You can cover up the stain with this craft. Since he'll probably only wear this once, you don't need fabric paints. Use whatever Sharpie markers you have on hand (I love Sharpie markers so I have the ones that have regular Sharpie points AND the ones that have very fine points for writing in TONS of colors, but just black is fine) to draw dots, or rain drops, or smiley faces, or have him point to and name 100 different things he sees and write the words for him (you can number a sheet of paper to 100 and write the words there first to get the right number of words and check the spelling before writing on the shirt)... you get the idea. Be sure to put something inside the t-shirt to keep the markers/paint from bleeding to the front/back from the side you're working on: plasitc bag, cardboard, folded gift bag (if its a plain or solid-colored one and the color bleeds through to it, maybe you will have a "new" gift bag, too!).

If you group the drawings into groups of, say 10 or 20, you can keep track of how many you've done without having to recount EVERY dot over and over again.

If you choose to buy the fabric paints the shirt can be washed after the 24-72 hour setting time to permanently set it (you need to wash it before you apply the paints, too, but he can wear it after its dry and before you wash & dry it according to fabric paint instructions to set the paint), but the Sharpie markers CAN fade (but won't always) if washed.

Now, I'm off to make some shirts for my kiddoes! Thanks for your question - I'm inspired, have the supplies on hand, AND have the time RIGHT NOW! What more can I ask for? :)

get fabric puff paint and paint 100 stars or smiley faces or whatever he live that you can draw!

First off, GLUE, don't worry about sewing, glue it!

I know this is late, but here is what I have done for my son so far.

Kindergarten we did 100 sea creatures. I went to Dollar Tree and found a bag of these creatures. I glued them on. They were a little scratchy, but it loved it.

1st grade I glued on 100 googly eyes. Again, Dollar Tree had the goods. I glued a ring round the front collar of the T-Shirt, then paired up the rest all over the front. The bag was multi-size, so he had 3 different size ones. It is so cute.

2nd grade (this year) we are gluing 100 Mardi Gras doubloons on his shirt. We are in Galveston and collect them every year. I went through them this weekend to pick out the ones with reference or directly stating "alcolic beverages". We decided to go with all silver, so I got him a black shirt to glue them to.

Buy a bag of colorful beads at the dollar store and string them on his tennis shoe laces. 50 on each shoe will do the trick and when it's over you can remove the beads and save them til next year when he'll have to do it again.

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