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Ms. Smith from Chicago IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Becoming Young Investigators and Engineers in Preschool!

Help me give my students a paper cutter, grid blocks and building materials to be creative and become critical thinkers!

  • $1,379 goal

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My Students

My students are a lively and rambunctious group! They come from culturally and economically diverse families. My students enjoy expressing themselves artistically. I am asking for art materials that allow my students to explore various mediums and materials. Students will benefit using these materials for their own creations and working with their peers.

My students love to investigate phenomenons in their world.

They are inquisitive, and can persevere when completing a project. My students are kind and helpful with each other. The children are always eager to lend a hand or make suggestions when their peers need assistance. The children are also able to work cooperatively to problem solve and work extend their learning in all areas in the classroom.

My Project

The art materials will allow the children to tap into their creativity by using various mediums. The new materials will serve as an extension of our art studio. Children will have various materials that will strengthen their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and expand their imagination.

The building materials will allow the children to plan, create, and readjust as they work diligently to complete their structures.

The children will be able to create large life-size structures as well as miniature creations. Both types of materials will strengthen fine motor skill as well as challenge the children to use critical thinking skills. Children will work cooperatively and practice conflict resolution skills while completing their creations.

My students also enjoy creating structures using various mediums and investigating phenomenons around them. The materials I am asking for can be used for the children to plan, implement, and recreate as they feel needed. Hands-on exploration is key for my students' success in honing in our their mathematical skills such as balance, measurement, and geometry tasks. It also helps build an inquisitive nature needed to be lifelong learners!

Ms. Smith
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Swingline SmartCut Commercial Heavy Duty Rotary Trimmer, 15" Cut Length, 30 Sheet Capacity, Gray (9615) • Staples Advantage $169.99 1 $169.99
Grid Blocks 32 Pc Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $152.96 1 $152.96
Foam Brick Builders - Set of 25 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $134.96 1 $134.96
Foam Rock Wall Builders - Set of 25 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $134.96 1 $134.96
Totter Tower • Kaplan Early Learning Company $35.96 2 $71.92
HH938 - The Ultimate Fort Builder • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Dynamo Dominoes Construction Set - 107 Pieces • Kaplan Early Learning Company $35.96 1 $35.96
TS108 - Rainbow Scratch Paper • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 5 $34.95
Straws and Connectors 400 Pack • Kaplan Early Learning Company $31.46 1 $31.46
11319-2021 - Pacon Card Stock - Black, 8-1/2" x 11", Pkg of 100 • Blick Art Materials $9.93 3 $29.79
SD743 - 1" Craft Tape Pack - Pastel Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $26.99 1 $26.99
HH287 - Little Hands Fine Motor Tools • Lakeshore Learning Materials $12.99 2 $25.98
TT120 - Scratch Art Design Tools • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 3 $20.97
VR717 - Washable Liquid Watercolors - Set of 8 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
FF291 - Rainbow Scratch Paper Animals • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 2 $19.98
11406-2007 - Pacon Tru-Ray Construction Paper - 12" x 18", Black, 50 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $3.96 5 $19.80
STICKERS CIRCLES ASSORTMENT SCHOOL SMART SET OF 2024 • School Specialty $19.16 1 $19.16
11409-2003 - Blick Construction Paper - 9" x 12", Black, 50 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $2.63 7 $18.41
11409-2006 - Blick Construction Paper - 12" x 18", Black, 50 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $5.27 3 $15.81
LL139 - Fine Motor Tweezer Tongs - Set of 4 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $6.99 2 $13.98
Swingline SmartCut EasyBlade Plus Rotary Trimmer Replacement Blade Cartridge, Straight Cut Style (8913RB) • Staples Advantage $12.99 1 $12.99
11406-2003 - Pacon Tru-Ray Construction Paper - 9" x 12", Black, 50 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $2.14 6 $12.84
MARKERS CRAYOLA WASHABLE PIP-SQUEAKS SET OF 16 • School Specialty $5.10 2 $10.20
MARKERS CRAYOLA WASHABLE PIP-SQUEAKS SET OF 16 • School Specialty $5.10 1 $5.10

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