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Mrs. Van Zee from Yucca Valley CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Encouraging Imaginative Play in Autistic Children

Help me give my students art supplies and fine motor toys to help them be creative, encourage imaginative play, and increase their fine motor skills!

  • $686 goal

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My Students

I teach students with autism in kindergarten through 6th grade. Every single one of them presents with different challenges, love languages, and energy levels. My students are the light of my life! The goal of our classroom is to teach them to communicate and be as independent as possible. Most of the students suffer from sensory processing issues and we try to incorporate sensory play throughout the day to encourage communication and social skills in the classroom.

It is very important to me as an educator to provide all of my students with every opportunity and access to every thing they need to progress and that will help them in their lives.

My Project

Autistic children are generally very hyper focused on one thing or one way to do things. They have a hard time expanding outside their way of looking at things and that way is often very narrow. Imagination and imaginative play is something we often have to teach them. By providing this range of art supplies, I can provide them with more creative opportunities to expand how they look at things and open their minds to a new way of doing things.

This range of art supplies will provide the visual stimuli autistic children need to help them create and use their imaginations!

The fine motor toys will help them with with their fine motor skills, which many of them need help with, that will help them with their crafting. We already provide structured fine motor time in our classroom; with these supplies, we can expand that and now offer more structured arts and crafts time!

Mrs. Van Zee
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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IRIS USA, Inc. KP-XLPHO IRIS Extra Large Photo Keeper, 2 Pack, Multi-Colored, 2 Count • Amazon Business $48.34 1 $48.34
S&S Worldwide PT3265 Color Splash! Liquid Watercolor Paint, 8 oz. (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $18.99 2 $37.98
mDesign Small Office Storage Organizer Utility Tote Caddy Holder with Handle for Cabinets, Desks, Workspaces - Holds Desktop Office Supplies, Gel Pens, Pencils, Markers, Staplers - 4 Pack - Clear • Amazon Business $36.88 1 $36.88
Magicfly Washable Dot Markers, 8 Colors Non-Toxic Paint Dauber for Kids, Toddlers • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
X-ACTO School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue, 1 Count • Amazon Business $27.26 1 $27.26
MayMoi Washable Crayons Solid Tempera Paint Sticks for Kids, Teens and Adults, 24 Colors, Non-Toxic, Quick Drying • Amazon Business $12.40 2 $24.80
New Star Foodservice 24364 Fast Food Tray, 10 by 14-Inch, Blue, Set of 12 • Amazon Business $19.50 1 $19.50
100Sheets Newbested White Watercolor Paper Cold Press Cut Bulk Pack for Beginning Artists or Students. (10 x 7 Inch) (12 x 17 INCH) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Yoovi Early Learning Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards - Zip, Snap, Button, Buckle, Lace & Tie 6 pcs/Set • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Zees 1,000 Pipe Cleaners in 10 Assorted Colors, Value Pack of Chenille Stems for DIY Arts and Craft Projects and Decorations - 6mm x 12 Inches • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Sendida Montessori Toys Fishing Game - Wood Math Shape Puzzle Color Sorting Preschool Stacking Blocks for Toddler Puzzles Toys Learning Math Number Toy for 3-5 Year Old • Amazon Business $17.89 1 $17.89
Counting Toys ,Animal Toys Monkey Weighing Scale Montessori Educational STEM Math Counting Games & Balance Measuring Fun Gift for Girls & Boys Kids Age 3-5-6(Brown-Monkey) • Amazon Business $16.98 1 $16.98
US Art Supply 12 Piece Round Children's Tempera Paint Brushes in 3 Sizes • Amazon Business $7.96 2 $15.92
3 Bees & Me Buddies in a Bag - Fun Toddler & Preschool Learning Toys for Boys & Girls • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Coogam Toddler Fine Motor Skill Toy, Clamp Bee to Hive Matching Game, Montessori Wooden Color Sorting Puzzle, Early Learning Preschool Educational Gift Toy for 2 3 4 Years Old Kids • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
100Sheets Newbested White Watercolor Paper Cold Press Cut Bulk Pack for Beginning Artists or Students. (10 x 7 Inch) (10 x 7 INCH) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Learning Resources Counting Cows Toy Set, 20 Pieces • Amazon Business $12.90 1 $12.90
Perfectware Perfectware Paper Plate 6-300 6" Paper Plate, White (300 Count) (Pack of 300) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
PAXCOO 30 Pcs Paint Cups with Lids No Spill Paint Cups with Paint Brushes and Paint Tray Palettes Cups for Watercolor Acrylic Art Class • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
US Art Supply 1 inch Foam Sponge Wood Handle Paint Brush Set (Super Value Pack of 50) - Lightweight, Durable and Great for Acrylics, Stains, Varnishes, Crafts, Art • Amazon Business $10.96 1 $10.96
Learning Resources Magnetic Counting Vehicle Puzzles (LER7726) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Efivs Arts 150pcs 15/16"(25mm) 4 Hole Sewing Flatback Resin Buttons for Sewing DIY Crafts Project with Box, 15 Colors • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
27 PCs Preschool Learning Toys Stacking Blocks Wooden Letters Number Shape Puzzles for Kids, Educational Toys Letter Board Set for Boys & Girls • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Efivs Arts 1125 pcs 0.35"(9mm) 2 Hole Sewing Flatback Resin Buttons for Sewing DIY Crafts Scrapbooking Children's Manual Project, 15 Colors • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
EVINIS Baby Toy Wooden Blocks Montessori Educational Toys Mathematical Intelligence Stick Building Blocks gift-Wooden Number Cards and Counting Rods with Box • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
200 Pieces 20mm Black Wiggle Googly Eyes with Self-Adhesive • Amazon Business $8.56 1 $8.56
Hot Glue Gun, TopElek Upgraded 15W/25W Dual Temp Mini Glue Gun with 30pcs Glue Sticks, High Temp Melt Glue Gun, Anti-hot Cover for DIY School Craft Projects, Home Quick Repairs, Festival Decoration • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
Empress Uncoated Paper Plate, 9 Inches, White, Pack of 100 - 1004997 • Amazon Business $3.90 2 $7.80
100 PCS 12mm Self-Adhesive Googly Wiggle Eyes for Crafts Decorations • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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