100 100th Day of School Collections for Preschoolers

Celebrate this fun day with items your preschooler brings in from home

100th day of school collections
100 crayons make a great and colorful 100th day of school collection!. johnnyberg/stock.xchng

In many preschools and elementary schools, the 100th day of school is cause for special celebration. Usually held sometime in February, the 100th day of the school year features lessons all about the number 100 and different math concepts related to the number 100. (For preschools where students don't necessarily go every day, the 100th day of school is still celebrated on the 100th day of the school year, still usually in February sometime.

It doesn't have to mean that the kids have been in school for 100 days.) 

The countdown to the 100th day of school usually begins on the very first day, during calendar time. Some teachers have special ways of counting down to the day, perhaps by putting buttons in a jar, or simply crossing days off on the calendar. For younger students who are still learning to count and even understand the concept of 100 of something, the 100th day of school is a great way to reinforce this lesson. 

On the 100th day, schools host all sorts of fun activities, from reading books to doing 100 jumping jacks in physical education. Students are also often asked to bring in 100th day of school collections, featuring 100 of the same item. This can be a lot of fun, or cause for panic for parents, depending upon how much notice you are given. 

Here are some fun ideas for 100th day of school collections. Before you send your child in with any of these, find out how big (size-wise, not number size) the collection can be, how the items are supposed to be contained (a box, a plastic bag, egg carton, etc.), and in the case of something that can be eaten, what the school's policy is on bringing in food.

Because some preschoolers are still very young, try to avoid very small items, as they may be choking hazards.

100th Day of School Collections for Preschoolers

  1. crayons
  2. dry cereal
  3. buttons
  4. paper clips
  5. pretzels
  6. cotton balls
  7. marshmallows
  8. blown-up balloons (check ahead of time to make sure there are no allergies in the school or classroom and that a collection this large is permitted)
  1. tennis balls
  2. M&M's 
  3. post cards 
  4. magnets
  5. stuffed animals
  6. Legos
  7. baseball or other sports cards
  8. Band-Aids
  9. stickers
  10. rocks
  11. seashells
  12. lollipops
  13. Goldfish crackers
  14. marbles
  15. paper chain links
  16. apple slices
  17. orange "smiles" 
  18. dried pasta
  19. beads on a necklace
  20. puzzle pieces (put together or apart)
  21. painted or colored dots on a piece of paper
  22. scraps of paper
  23. pieces of yarn
  24. pennies or coins
  25. hair clips
  26. gift bows (see if you have any left over from the holidays)
  27. craft sticks
  28. pencils
  29. straws
  30. googly eyes
  31. paper plates
  32. cups
  33. erasers
  34. words written on a piece of paper
  35. socks (paired or not)
  36. small bouncy balls
  37. pipe cleaners
  38. markers
  39. toothbrushes
  40. golf tees
  41. Post-It notes
  42. napkins
  43. envelopes
  44. soda can tabs (would have to start collecting these early)
  45. pennies or coins
  46. toothpicks
  47. playing cards
  48. pieces of chalk
  49. toy cars
  50. rubber bands
  51. dominoes
  52. game pieces
  53. chocolate chips
  54. jelly beans
  55. bottle caps (again, start collecting them early)
  56. Box Tops for Education (our elementary school does this with much success!)
  57. photographs
  58. feathers
  59. pom poms (used in crafts)
  60. sprinkles
  61. cookies
  62. cupcakes
  63. donut holes
  64. shoelaces
  65. raisins
  66. shower curtain rings (attach them together)
  67. leaves
  68. stamps
  69. keys
  70. action figures or toy figures
  71. birthday cake candles
  72. candy hearts
  73. clothespins
  74. dried beans
  75. dice
  76. chocolate kisses
  77. sunflower seeds or another type of flower seed (maybe for a school garden?)
  1. collectible cards (Pokemon, etc)
  2. paper snowflakes
  3. grains of rice
  4. packing peanuts
  5. blocks
  6. pieces of fruit in a fruit salad
  7. cotton swabs
  8. sequins or confetti
  9. party hats
  10. traced hands or handprints
  11. traced feet or footprints
  12. checkers or chess pieces
  13. animal crackers
  14. foam craft pieces

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