Celebrate the 100th day of school with this DIY t-shirt! This milestone day is important for early learners, and this hands-on craft will remind them of all that they’ve accomplished in the past 100 days. This is an excellent activity for school or home. When the big day arrives, kids will love sharing their artistic handiwork with their class.
Rubber stamps with kid-friendly designs, such as animals, shapes, etc.
Quick-drying ink pads (dye-based), in different colors
Child-size plastic gloves (optional)
What You Do:
Find a plain t-shirt that fits your child, in white or a light color.
Tell your kid that he will be using stamps, fabric markers, and paints to decorate a shirt for the 100th Day of School. To celebrate 100 days, your child should use 100 designs on the t-shirt.
Model pressing a rubber stamp into the ink and onto the shirt to show your child how it’s done. Repeat the process with several stamps or colors. If you’re worried about the dye-based ink staining hands or clothes, have your child wear gloves and a smock.
Help your kid write “100th Day of School” or something similar on the shirt, using fabric markers or paint. Spell out the words on paper for her to copy if necessary.
During craft time, take periodic breaks to practice counting to 100. Skip counting, counting the designs on the shirt, or counting other manipulatives are great strategies to use.
Wait 4 hours for the shirt to dry before moving it. Note that washing the t-shirt in the washing machine will remove the stamped ink patterns, so your child should wear the shirt before washing. Alternatively, you can hand wash the shirt around the stamped designs.
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.