The 100th day of school, whose exact day will depend on your school’s specific schedule, is just around the corner. There are lots of fun ways to celebrate with the students in your class while also taking advantage of the opportunity to make it a healthy and active day.
Classroom celebrations break up the semester and give everyone a reason to participate in some new activities. Check out these ideas for healthy snacks and activities to include in your 100th day of school celebration.
Non-Junk Food Options for 100th Day of School Snacks
Parties often come with cake and other unhealthy treats, but the 100th day of school doesn’t have to follow suit. Try suggesting or bringing in these snacks to offer as party fuel for students:
Raisins: Not only are these easy to count (for those who plan on making the snacks part of the 100th day of school counting activities) but they are full flavor and of B vitamins, iron, and potassium.
Popcorn: While buttery, salty popcorn from the movie theatre is certainly a treat, it is also a whole grain offering up to 4 grams of fiber per serving. Instead of using butter, dress up some popcorn with grated cheese, cinnamon and sugar, or chili powder for added flavor.
Nuts & seeds: Nuts are easy to count, and full of protein and fiber to keep students fueled. The healthiest options include unsalted almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios.
Baby carrots: Vegetables are a bit of a no-brainer when it comes to adding healthy snacks to a celebration, but carrots are especially easy to hand out and offer high levels of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins A, C, K, and B8.
Celery sticks: It might take a little time to chop up the night before, but celery sticks are great for counting and taste great alone or with peanut butter dip. On top of their satisfying crunch, celery sticks offer vitamins K, C, B6, and potassium.
Pretzels: While crackers and chips should be consumed in moderation, pretzels are baked instead of fried and are very low in fat. It doesn’t mean that living on pretzels is the way to go, but it makes for a fun snack that will serve as learning fuel better than potato chips.
4 Active 100th Day of School Celebration Ideas
While there are plenty of math equations and counting worksheet ideas online, the 100th day of school celebration is also an excellent opportunity to get students moving. Active, healthy kids are better prepared to learn, so use this as a chance to get the blood pumping and have a great time with these activity ideas:
100 Seconds of Dancing: This easy activity gets everyone moving and can be mixed in throughout the school day schedule. Simply turn on some music for 100 seconds of dancing, and turn it off after 100 seconds. Do the activity a few times in a row to really get the wiggles out, or throughout the day during transition time.
100 Exercise Moves: Choose 10 different exercise moves (push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks…etc) and have students do 10 of each exercise to make 100 total moves. Count them out together to make for a fun review of counting to 10 or 100 together as a class.
100 Yard Dash: Weather or space permitting, measure out 100 yards and have students make the dash. See who can cross the finish line fastest, or put students into groups and use team scores to even out the competition.
100 Point Relay Race: Create a relay race with different activities earning teams more points. For example: if a student side-shuffles across the field it would be worth 10 points, while running across the field would only be worth 5. See which relay team can earn 100 points and also finish the fastest.
100th Day of School Decor Online
If you’re looking to find some 100th day of school classroom decor, or more ideas for a 100th day of school celebration visit the School Specialty online store and explore The Schoolyard blog. There are plenty of ideas for an active and creative 100th day of school celebration that your students are sure to love.