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Ms. Burke from Oakland CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Dramatic Play Center

My students need a market stand to provide structure while they explore imaginative play using pretend food materials. Kitchen supplies and dolls will encourage meaningful role play opportunities.

  • $930 goal

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My Students

My preschool special education class includes students from ages 3-5 years old who have a range of abilities. We love to have meaningful play experiences where we explore and learn through our natural environment while in both structured and unstructured activities.

The classroom environment is created to encourage growth through exploration and discovery while developing a love for learning.

For many of my students, it is the first time that they are exposed to school and peers on a regular basis. We learn to participate in our community through cooperation, exploration and meaningful play.

My Project

Our preschool students use dramatic play materials to experiment with social and emotional roles in life. An upgrade to our dramatic play center will allow students to use a variety of materials and discover new interests, preferences, and abilities.

Through play, students will learn to use their language, creativity and pre-academic skills to explore different roles as they engage in the environment around them.

The addition of a market stand and cash register will give us a base to use food and money materials. Students will learn to exchange these materials as well as use them to learn preacademic skills such as sorting, counting and color identification.

The wood food supplies for our kitchen will provide thematic play as we imagine we are cooking in a home and serving guests. Students can make a birthday cake using the mixer and serve it to peers and dolls. The dolls, high chair and stroller will encourage playing the role of a care taker and help to create empathy. The new materials for our dramatic play center will allow students to explore independently while also engaging with peers in a range of pretend play themes.

Ms. Burke
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 20 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolina Market • Kaplan Early Learning Company $212.46 1 $212.46
Wooden Doll High Chair • Kaplan Early Learning Company $59.46 1 $59.46
Large Calculator Cash Register • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
Farmer's Market Color Sorting Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.96 1 $33.96
16" Multiethnic Doll - Asian Girl • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.11 1 $33.11
16" Multiethnic Doll - Hispanic Boy • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.11 1 $33.11
16" Multiethnic Doll - Native American Girl • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.11 1 $33.11
16" Multiethnic Doll - African-American Boy • Kaplan Early Learning Company $33.11 1 $33.11
Plastic Wicker Basket - Small • Kaplan Early Learning Company $11.01 3 $33.03
Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Play Set (8-Piece Set) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $25.46 1 $25.46
Pop-Up Toaster • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 1 $21.21
Mighty Mixer • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 1 $21.21
Power Drill Tool Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 1 $21.21
PRETEND PLAY FOOD GROUPS SET OF 21 • School Specialty $18.95 1 $18.95
PRETEND PLAY FOOD BIRTHDAY CAKE - SET OF 34 • School Specialty $17.96 1 $17.96
TOY WOOD CUTTING FOOD BOX - SET OF 10 • School Specialty $17.03 1 $17.03
Sorting Shapes Cupcakes • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.96 1 $16.96
Umbrella Doll Stroller • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.96 1 $16.96

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