The 100th day of school is an important benchmark for kids in the lower elementary grades. Help your kid create a 100 days of school shirt to celebrate. Once your kid has decorated her shirt with 100 different images of her choice, she'll be fully prepared when the big day arrives. Be sure to remind her to wear her shirt on the actual 100th day of school!
What You Do:
- Have your child choose a plain white T-shirt that fits her.
- Explain to your child that she will be decorating her shirt with fabric paints or markers, as well as with rubber stamps dipped in fabric ink. The total number of designs on her shirt should equal 100.
- Show your child how to ink a rubber stamp on the ink pad, and then press the stamp firmly on the shirt. Repeat several times with the same stamp, or with different stamps in different ink colors. Dye-based, quick-drying ink can stain hands (the ink dries quickly!). If you're worried about the mess, have your child wear a smock and plastic gloves during this project, or wash her hands thoroughly after the project.
- Encourage your child to use fabric paint or a marker to write “100” somewhere on the shirt, or “100th Day of School.” Spell out the words on paper for her to copy if necessary.
- Have your child take breaks throughout the project to practice her counting skills. Challenge her to count the total number of designs, especially as she gets closer to 100 pictures (to avoid going over).
- Let the stamped designs and painted images dry for several hours (around four) before moving the shirt.
Note: Washing the shirt in a washing machine will not remove fabric paints, but the stamped ink patterns do come off in the wash. If you use stamped ink, handwash the shirt to avoid getting the stamped ink parts wet.)
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.