100 Days of School Project
Celebrate 100 fantastic days of school by creating a collage with 100 memorable pieces! This 100 days of school project is the perfect way to commemorate the 5 months of school that have gone by and recognize your child's accomplishments during these first 100 days. Your kid will use bits and pieces of school-made artwork, old homework, or even classroom photos to create a truly unique collage.
This activity will introduce your young learner to the art of mixed media collage-making while encouraging him to use problem solving and explore basic math concepts such as geometry, fractions, and counting.
What You Need:
- Large piece of cardboard (try reusing the side of a packing box)
- Clear-drying, non-toxic glue
- School-related paper ephemera such as artwork, photos, old homework, worksheets, flyers, or even an old t-shirt with his school's logo
What You Do:
- Before your child begins his collage, go on a scavenger hunt to track down school-related paper items that he'd like to use in his collage. You don't need to have exactly 100 pieces; you can make up the balance by cutting items into several pieces. Remember: anything school-related goes!
- Have your child assemble the 100 pieces he has chosen for his collage in front of him.
- Cut up the collage pieces into artful geometric and organic shapes such as circles, triangles, hexagons, clouds, hearts, or clovers.
- After he has finished cutting, ask your child to count the pieces again to make sure he has 100 (a great math exercise!).
- Help your child glue his collage items onto the large piece of cardboard, overlapping them as he goes. Encourage him to be as creative with the placement as he likes!
- Set the collage aside to dry completely.
- Once the collage has dried, look over it with your child and discuss the last 100 days of school. Ask him to describe what specific items in the collage mean to him. Did he include the hardest spelling test of the year, or a quiz he aced? Reflecting on his past achievements and the hurdles he has overcome will help your child develop his sense of self as he experiences both personal and academic growth.
Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.