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Mrs. McDaniel from Fayetteville NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Developing Fine Motor Skills with Manipulative Items

Help me give my students pencil grips, teaching scale, building blocks and a variety of other manipulate toys to strengthen small motor skills and develop higher order thinking skills.

  • $1,195 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

For many of my Pre-Kindergarten students, this is their first experience with school. Many students struggle with social and emotional skills. Many of my students do not get quality experiences with quality products.

Our school is in close proximity to a major military base.

We serve many students who come from active and retired military families, and 100% of our students receive free breakfast and lunch.

These amazing students need additional support because many of my families do not have extra resources. Many of my students need the extra support that these materials can help supply.

My Project

My students need lots of activities to help develop and enhance fine motor skills and improve thinking skills and problem solving skills. Manipulative items such as these are a great way for my students to create and design many different items. My little people need lots of items to expand and grow their imaginations. We are in need of Magnetic Letters, Bucket Balance Scales, Froogz, Magna-Tiles, Pencil Grips, Wooden Building Blocks, Learning Resources Smart Snacks "Popcorn" and Bake and Learn Set, Interlocking Blocks, Magnetic Building Blocks, plus many other items to increase fine motor skills. Some of the manipulative items come with design cards that will allow students to learn how to follow written directions as well as photo directions. While many think that children are only playing when they are building and creating with manipulative items they are learning so many new and creative skills.

"You can DISCOVER more about a person in an hour of play than you can in a year of conversation." - PLATO.

Manipulative items will give my students more concrete explanations of their learning. I want to give my students a variety of strategies to learn. Manipulative items will be used to engage students in hands-on learning. Studies have shown that people engaged in a simple hands-on activity while listening to a message are more likely to retain details of what they have heard. These manipulative items will allow my students to be in charge of their own learning.

Mrs. McDaniel
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LC569 - Magnetic Letter Builders - Master Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $79.99 1 $79.99
Learning Resources Primary Bucket Balance Teaching Scale • Amazon Business $15.29 5 $76.45
Froogz - 100 Piece Suction Toy Construction Set | Educational Building Kit • Amazon Business $58.15 1 $58.15
Magna-Tiles 18332 28-Piece House Set, The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Creativity and Educational, STEM Approved, Solid and Clear Colors (Pack of 28) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
FF579 - Blocks & Blueprints Learning Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
Pencil Grips,YuBoBo Finger Grip 2018 Generation New Mechanical Pencil Grip Elephant Shape For Kids Preschoolers Children Adults Special Needs for Left or Right Hand (6PCS) • Amazon Business $9.50 4 $38.00
TOP BRIGHT Wooden Building Blocks for Toddlers Blocks Set with Rubber Blocks -150Pcs • Amazon Business $32.99 1 $32.99
USA Toyz STEM Engineering Building Kids Toys - “QUARKS” 160 Pc STEM Building Educational Toys w/ Multilink Spheres for Kids Toys Construction • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
ECR4Kids Jumbo Connect-a-Cog Math Manipulatives Building Kit, Educational Sensory Learning Toys for Children (240-Piece Set) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Learning Resources One To Ten Counting Cans Toy Set, 65 Pieces • Amazon Business $29.49 1 $29.49
Self Adhesive Dots, Hompie 1050pcs(525 Pairs) 3/4" Diameter Sticky Back Coins Nylon Coins, Hook & Loop Dots with Waterproof Sticky Glue Coins Tapes, Perfect for School,Office, Home(White),Mother's Day • Amazon Business $13.98 2 $27.96
Fat Brain Toys Tobbles Neo • Amazon Business $26.95 1 $26.95
Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens, Fine Pt, Dozen Box, Black • Amazon Business $12.79 2 $25.58
Fat Brain Toys Squigz Toobz • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
Magz-Pixels Magnetic Building Blocks, magnetic building and stacking set containing 48 pieces by MAGZ • Amazon Business $24.50 1 $24.50
Blue Orange Games Chickyboom Award Winning Wooden Skill Building Balancing Game for Kids • Amazon Business $23.16 1 $23.16
RA838 - 1" Color Cubes • Lakeshore Learning Materials $22.99 1 $22.99
Learning Resources Bake & Learn, 27 Pieces • Amazon Business $22.89 1 $22.89
MEIGO Toddler Toys – Baby Kids Wooden Educational Preschool Dominoes Shape Puzzle Matching Game Building Blocks for 1 2 3 4-5 Year Old Boys Girls (32PCS) • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
LC743 - Build the Letter Activity Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Puzzle Pies • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
TOP BRIGHT Colored Wooden Blocks Stacking Board Games for Kids Ages 4-8 with 51 Pieces • Amazon Business $19.79 1 $19.79
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Shape Sorting Cupcakes • Amazon Business $19.79 1 $19.79
Learning Resources Shape Matching Cookies, 9 Pieces • Amazon Business $18.69 1 $18.69
AGARE 500 PC Bars Different Shape Creative and Educational Building Building Block Toy - 3D Puzzle With a Plastic Storage Box • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set - Toddler Toys - Educational Color & Number Recognition Skills Learning Toy • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Kids Preferred Pete The Cat 34 Piece Magnetic Wooden Dress Up Set, 8" • Amazon Business $16.47 1 $16.47
Learning Resources Stacking Shapes Pegboard • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Count 'em Up Popcorn • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
SHAWE 100 PC Interlocking Building Set -Fine Motor Skills- Children Imaginations Run Wild -Build Unlimited Shapes -Safe Kids Material • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Clip Connect 100 Pieces | Diameter of 1.5 Inches | Interlocking Solid Plastic Building Blocks Discs Set STEM Educational Toy for Preschool Kids Boys and Girls | Safe Material for Kids • Amazon Business $12.25 1 $12.25

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