Wednesday, February 15, 2012

the power of 100

Last week the kids celebrated the 100th day of school. I use the term celebrate loosely, as the only ones who really do any sort of celebrating are the kindergarten and first graders. Each student is asked to bring in a collection of 100 items (that will fit on a desk top) to use in various sorting and counting activities. Since this is my sixth child to be celebrating the 100th day of school in the first grade, I have officially sent in at least a dozen collections of 100 things over the span of my grade school mothering.  Some of the ones I remember are:
I was trying to help my first grader come up with something he would enjoy using on his 100th day. We went through a laundry list of possibilities, but nothing seemed to be the magic collection for him.  In desperation on the morning of the 100th day, I looked in the pantry and saw the large bag of paper cups.  My first instinct was to hoard them... knowing that 100 cups would never be used for drinking, if they went to school to be handled by first graders. Think of the waste! I then let go of my cheap practicality and thought of the possibilities for fun.
Let me just say:
the fun has gone WAY past the classroom.
This was the best purchase to value ratio I have made in a LONG time.
Who needs toys, computers, games or friends when you've got 100 paper cups?
Don't think I won't be considering boxes of cups come Christmas time.
who knew that 100 paper cups would keep the kids so occupied for so many hours?
After almost a week, I have resorted to HIDING the paper cups.  They got to be a distraction.  And a hazard.  And a mess, when they were left  on the floor in their
state of knock-down-ed-ness.


Sherry said...

You've just been pinned to my "Activities With Kids" board. Love this concept.

shirlgirl said...

Very clever! Bet they had fun making that tower of cups, too.

Jo Jo said...

Fun! What a great idea turned fabulous. Our best submission was a baggie full of 100 beef bouillon cubes. Hah!

Aaron H. said...

So this is where Zach got his idea. While at his house, his kids and Emma spent hours with cups. And Emma constructed a tower that caused Zach to say, "Wait till the Whitcombs see that!"

Becky said...

I was going to say the same thing as Aaron...he went out and bought $15 worth of 'red solo cups'...lets just say that they are probably a LOT louder falling down than your paper cups, but I watched how it kept the boys busy for hours. :)