Celebrate the 100th Day of School with this fun project for Kindergarten!
Have kids draw what they look like today and what they think they’ll look like in 100 years. As you can see, the results will be charming! Even if your 100th Day of School has already passed, this is a fun project to do anytime.
Kids will need:
- 12″ x 18″ white construction paper
- Small, handheld mirror
- Black “F” Sharpie
- Glue stick (optional)
- Cotton balls (optional)
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Before kids begin their own drawings, have them watch you demonstrate the following steps. Talk about the proportions of the face and placement of the eyes, nose, and mouth as you draw them. Explain everything you are thinking and doing as you demonstrate.
1. Fold your paper in half and then open it back up again. (You can prep this step in advance and just let them “practice” on the pre-folded paper.)
2. Take a minute to study your face in the mirror. Notice the shape of your eyes, nose, and mouth. Also look at the shape that your hair makes against your face and the overall shape of your hair.
2. On the left half of your paper, write “Today” at the top and draw a self-portrait of how you look today. Use your black Sharpie and just go for it!
3. Then, on the right half of your paper, write “In 100 Years” at the top.
4. Next, talk about the physical characteristics of a person who is very old. (The kids always look like they’re really checking me out when I ask them what a very old person might look like…. hmmmm, I’m not sure how I feel about that!) Some responses might include shorter gray or white hair (or no hair!), wrinkles (smile lines!), eye glasses, smaller with not as much of a neck (due to being hunched over a little)…. you get the idea.
5. Now draw how you think you might look in 100 years. What a memorable way for kinders to celebrate their 100th Day of School!
6. Finally, color your drawing with crayons. Be careful to color all one direction (the “Kindergarten Way”) and fill in all areas completely. To quickly cover a large area like the background, remove the paper from a broken crayon and use the side to color.
7. Pull apart some cotton balls and glue on for hair – if you think you’ll still have hair in 100 years!
8. Don’t forget to sign your masterpiece, since this one will definitely be a “keeper”. (I removed the names from the examples below, but the signature is part of the charm.)
Adam Trowbridge says
I love these!
What a funny project! I'm sure the kids loved it!
i love these SO much! i especially love that the last little girl has whiskers in 100 years!! ha!
These are adorable, Cheryl! What a fun idea. I hope the kids keep these for year to come. :)
Kate Eshelman says
These drawings just made my day! I think I'll have my kindergarteners try this project out. Thanks for the great idea :)
Deborah (Teach Preschool) says
This is awesome and hilarious!
I LOVE this! What a great way to do portraits! I haven't seen a '100th day of school' art lesson anywhere. : )