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Ms. Burgett from Saint Louis MO is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Communicating Through Pretend Play

Help me give my students pretend play items to work on socialization and communication.

  • $333 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

I have six students in a K-2 autism classroom. Most of my students have limited verbal skills and do not communicate much on their own. They have varying levels of academic skills and the majority are working on learning basic skills, as well as communication and social skills.

We have a structured routine throughout the day with many hands-on and independent activities.

We have a morning routine that students look forward to every day; independent work time where students practice working by themselves on skills they have mastered; group time to work on academic skills and writing; story time to work on comprehension, math, science and art time where we create creative and colorful projects using construction paper and following picture directions. They have made so much progress so far this year with academic, social and communication skills.

My Project

I recently bought an ice cream counter for my students to use during our social skills time. It comes with a menu that has visual options to choose which cone, ice cream and toppings you want. My students love it and will constantly play the role of the ice cream server or customer. They work on communication skills, life skills and social skills while participating in this activity.

My students need more opportunities to use pretend play items in the classroom to work on communication and social skills.

The items in this project are other items very similar to the ice cream counter. They all come with a visual menu to choose from and the materials are realistic and durable. Students will use these items to work on building social skills by playing and interacting with each other with a structured activity. They will also work on using language and communication skills to communicate with each other what they want to order.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Melissa & Doug Top and Bake Wooden Pizza Counter Play Food Set (Pretend Play, Helps Support Cognitive Development, 34 Pieces, 7.75" H x 9.25" W x 13.25" L) • Amazon Business $43.97 1 $43.97
Melissa & Doug Smoothie Maker Blender Set (Helps Develop Motor and Social Skills, 24 Pieces) • Amazon Business $27.90 1 $27.90
Melissa & Doug Wooden Thirst Quencher Drink Dispenser With Cups, Juice Inserts, Ice Cubes (10 pcs) • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Melissa & Doug Fresh Mart Grocery Store Companion Collection (Play Sets & Kitchens, Multiple Role Play Items, Helps Develop Social Skills) • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Melissa & Doug Fill & Fold Taco & Tortilla Set (Play Food, Sliceable Wooden Mexican Play Food, Skillet & More, 43 Pieces) • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Melissa & Doug Star Diner Restaurant Play Set (Toy Diner Set, 41 Pieces) • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Melissa & Doug Slice & Toss Salad Set (Pretend Play, Self-Stick Tabs, Reusable Double-Sided Menu, 52 Pieces, 12″ H × 16″ W × 3.5″ L) • Amazon Business $25.65 1 $25.65
Melissa & Doug Order Up! Diner Play Set with Play Food - Be Cook, Server, or Customer • Amazon Business $24.49 1 $24.49
Melissa & Doug Brew & Serve Wooden Coffee Maker Set, Play Kitchen Accessories, Encourages Imaginative Play, 12 Pieces, 10" H x 13" W x 4" L • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99

Materials cost

$248.96

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.73

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$282.69

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$49.89

Total project goal

$332.58

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$332.58

2 Donors

-$279.44

Donations toward project cost

-$261.44

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.00

match offer

-$25.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$21.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$3.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$28.14

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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