The 100th day of school sneaks up on you! You get back from winter holidays and all of a sudden your elementary school child will be telling you they need to wear something special to school or bring a collection of 100 items to celebrate the 100th day of school with their class.
If you peruse Pinterest, you will quickly see some incredibly crafty ideas you can make for your child to wear. I’m always impressed with those parents and grandparents who can whip up something amazing that you can tell took so much time and effort.
On the other hand, if you are looking for something quick and easy, there are some simple projects for the 100th day of school as well.
Simple DIY 100th Day of School Mohawk Hat
My son’s class was instructed to bring something to wear for the celebration, as his grade level would be doing a red carpet fashion show. I’m not exceptionally crafty and didn’t want to spend much on the project so decorating something we already owned seemed like a perfect fit.
We opted to create a Mohawk with 100 spikes!
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To make our 100th day of school project, I used the following materials:
The first step was having my son pick out 50 pipe cleaners from our package. (He practiced his kindergarten counting skills by placing them in five groups of ten.)
Once he selected his colors, he was instructed to bend each pipe cleaner in half to make a V-shape.
While he was bending the pipe cleaners, I pulled an extra pipe cleaner from the package and measured the length against his hat. I folded in the edges to make sure the pipe cleaner would only be as long as the body of the hat.
Next I took the V-bent pipe cleaners and twisted the base of the V around the long pipe cleaner I had measured starting at one end and working toward the other. I did this with all 50 pipe cleaners. (If you have an older elementary child, they could make this magic happen on their own!)
When all 50-Vs were attached to the long pipe cleaner I pulled out the safety pins and attached the long pipe cleaner to the hat. The Mohawk was secured by putting one safety pin on each end of the long pipe cleaner and one in the middle. It was still a little floppy and I wanted it to stand straight up, so I added a safety pin between the middle and each end.
The Mohawk hat was complete! Of course he wanted to count all the spikes to ensure there was really 100 since we only used 50 pipe cleaners. Turned out to be a beginning lesson in multiplication and division!
100th Day of School Mohawk Hat Success!
My son was beyond excited to wear his Mohawk hat for the 100th day of school. Upon entering the school this morning he encountered a group of fifth grade boys who were so impressed with his Mohawk and told him how cool he is. (Thanks guys for the extra boost of confidence for my little guy!)
At the end of the day he was still beaming with pride at his Mohawk hat. I have no doubt we will be making more of these in the future!