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Ms. Claire from O Fallon IL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fine Motor Centers

Help me give my students a variety of fine motor materials and opportunities to build and strengthen their skills.

  • $1,455 goal

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My Students

My students in O'Fallon are 3 and 4 years old. Fine motor skills are so important at this age. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important tasks such as writing, buttoning and zippering. These abilities gradually develop through experience and exposure to a variety of toys and materials.

My students need opportunities throughout the day to manipulate small items, push and pull with her hands and fingers and practice small movements.

Having exciting materials and toys to help build my students fine motor skills is very important. Working on fine motor skills helps to build their hand strength and dexterity.

Fine motor activities for my students will help them master their pincer grasps and are a precursor to handwriting.

My Project

Each day we break into small groups of 4 for centers. I would like to make one of these centers all about fine motor, so the students can strengthen their skills. The bingo chips and stickers will be used to cover the letters of their names on a mat and the magnets will help for easier cleanup. The stamps and watercolors will be used in art. The eye droppers will be great for using those small muscles to squeeze the colors onto watercolor paper or coffee filters.

Geoboards, lacing beads and cards are wonderful activities for the children to exercise their small muscles.

We use Play-doh a lot in class and the play-doh scissors will be great for mastering their scissor skills. Dry erase boards are a favorite and the children love practicing our letter of the week and their names on them, the dry erase pockets and erasers will help a lot since we have been using tissues.

The silicone baking cups along with the counting bears, people and dinos will be used in muffin tins to sort and count by colors and sizes. The ice cube trays will be used with the tweezers and pom poms. The fine motor games and puzzles will be great for the mornings to get in some extra practice and will be used in center time as well.

I chose peg puzzles so the children can use their pincer grasp more which helps work those small muscles and build the strength needed for writing. Magna-tiles are another fine motor favorite in this class, we just don't have enough for everyone.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Americolors Classroom Carpet-Better Shape: Rectangle, Rug Dimensions: 6' W x 9' L, Color: Pretty Purple (PP) • Teachers' School Supply $130.92 1 $130.92
TT730X - Neon Heavy-Duty Book Bins - Set of 6 Colors • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 2 $99.98
Colorations Classic Colors Liquid Watercolor Paint Classroom Supplies for Kids Arts and Crafts Variety Set (Pack of 13) • Amazon Business $62.56 1 $62.56
PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
FD117 - Indestructible Giant Beads & Patterns • Lakeshore Learning Materials $39.99 1 $39.99
Chenille Kraft Company - Gem Stones • Teachers' School Supply $19.69 2 $39.38
EE228 - Giant Alphabet Beads • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
DD191 - Nuts About Sorting! • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Jumbo Counting Bears with Stacking Cups - Montessori Rainbow Matching Game, Educational Toys and Color Sorting Toys for Toddlers with 54 Math Manipulatives, Toy Storage and Learning Activities eBook • Amazon Business $23.76 1 $23.76
Plush Googly Eye Dry Erase Board Erasers • Amazon Business $22.80 1 $22.80
Learning Resources Squeezy Tweezers, Fine Motor Toy, Assorted Colors, Set of 6, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $11.29 2 $22.58
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Stamp Set, Animal Stamps (Colored Washable Ink Pads, Develops Hand-Eye Coordination, 38 Pieces) • Amazon Business $22.49 1 $22.49
Learning Resources Froggy Feeding Fun Activity Set, Fine Motor Toy, 65 Piece, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
EE601 - Feed-The-Dog Fine Motor Game • Lakeshore Learning Materials $21.99 1 $21.99
Melissa & Doug Peg Puzzles Set, Farm Animals, Pets, Ocean (Developmental Toy, Easy to Grasp, 3 Peg Puzzles, Animal Illustrations, 6 Pieces in Each) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
DA363 - Best-Buy Geoboards (9" x 9") - Set of 6 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Learning Resources Back In Time Dinosaur Counters, Assorted Shapes and Colors, Set of 72, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $18.64 1 $18.64
Melissa & Doug Wooden Peg Puzzles Set - Farm, Safari, and Vehicles • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Set of 2: Pets and Farm Animals • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Stamp Set - ABCs 123s (Arts & Crafts, 4-Color Inkpad, 70+ Pieces) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
AveryLu 500 PCS Building Toy Building Blocks Bars Different Shape Educational Construction Engineering Set 3D Puzzle, Interlocking Creative Connecting Kit, Building Construction Toys A Great STEM Toy • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Wooden Peg Puzzle, Profession Theme - Learning Educational Pegged Puzzle for Toddler & Kids (10 pcs) Gleeporte • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Learning Resources Snap-n-Learn Matching Dinos sorting colors toy • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Mahaohao 4 Holes Mixed Color Large Buttons 30mm in Bulk for Environmental Sewing Fasteners Scrapbooking DIY Craft (1.2", 30pcs) • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
PP421 - Alphabet Stamps - Uppercase • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
PP420 - Alphabet Stamps - Lowercase • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
Juvale 12-Pack Classroom Pen and Pencil Basket Trays, Assorted Colors, 10 x 3 x 2.5 Inches • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Katzco Ice Cube Trays Silicone - Holds up to 21 Mini Rounded Ice Cubes - Without Lids, 4 Pack • Amazon Business $14.19 1 $14.19
My First Wooden Stamp Set - Farm Animals • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Melissa & Doug My First Wooden Stamp Set - Vehicles (Arts & Crafts, Sturdy Wooden Storage Box, Washable Ink, 10 Pieces) • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Learning Resources All About Me Family Counters, Assorted Colors and Shapes, Set of 72, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Prepworks by Progressive Powder-Coated Steel Colanders Set of 3 Sizes (¼, ½ and 1 cup) Red, Blue and Green Mini Colander, Fruit Vegetable Strainer • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Roylco Inc. R-2445 Color Diffusing Butterflies • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
Learning Resources Magnetic Wands, Science Experiment Aid, Set of 6 Wands, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $12.16 1 $12.16
Hhyn Matching Eggs Set, Upgraded Toddler Egg Toys Learning Shapes and Colors Educational Puzzle Sorting Games Improve Motor Skills, 12 Eggs, Beige • Amazon Business $11.98 1 $11.98
Melissa & Doug Wire Puzzle Storage Rack (Arts & Crafts, Sturdy Metal Construction, Pre-Assembled, Peg Puzzle Storage, 8.5” H x 8.5” W x 12” L) • Amazon Business $11.69 1 $11.69
Pack of 10, Multicolored Dry Erase Pockets, 10” x 14”, School Supplies for Teachers, Reusable Dry Erase Pockets, Dry Erase Sheets, Teaching Supplies • Amazon Business $10.59 1 $10.59
DS344 - Dough Scissors - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Bulk Craft Pompoms [350 Pcs] 1 Inch Pom Poms in Large Assorted Bag | 40% More Than Our Standard Bag! | Pompoms for Crafts | Assorted Pom Pom Balls | Pom Pom for Crafts | Colorful Pompom Balls • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Toyvian Eye Droppers Learning Resources Transfer Eyedropper Droppers Children Kitchen Gummy Mold Silicone and Plastic for Silicone Mold Pipette Dropper School Home Supplies (Random 10PCS Color) • Amazon Business $9.59 1 $9.59
Roylco 96133 Color Diffusing Leaves (Pack of 200) • Amazon Business $9.06 1 $9.06
Prefer Green Reusable and Non-stick Silicone Baking Cups/Cupcake Liners/Muffins Cup Molds in storage Container-24 Pack • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Melissa & Doug Wooden Stamp Set - Dinosaurs (Arts & Crafts, Sturdy Wooden Storage Box, Washable Ink, 14 Pieces) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
YH Poker Plastic Magnetic Transparent Bingo Chips-300pcs-Blue • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
2000 Pieces Self Adhesive Reinforcement Label, Round Binder Hole Reinforcements for Repairing Holes and Strengthening Holes, Assorted Donut Designs (White) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
2000 Pieces Self Adhesive Reinforcement Label, Round Binder Hole Reinforcements for Repairing Holes and Strengthening Holes, Assorted Donut Designs (Mix Color) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
PicassoTiles 2 Piece Car Truck Set w/ Extra Long Bed & Re-Enforced Latch, Magnet Building Tile Magnetic Blocks -Creativity Beyond Imagination! Educational, Inspirational, Conventional,& Recreational! • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Learning Resources Easy Grip Tweezers 2 Pack (Colors May Vary) • Amazon Business $8.79 1 $8.79
Craft Wood Sticks, Box of 1,000 • Amazon Business $8.76 1 $8.76
Chenille Kraft Natural Wood Craft Sticks, Jumbo Size, 6 x 3/4, Wood, Natural Wood, 500/Box (3776-01) • Amazon Business $8.48 1 $8.48
Roylco Color Diffusing Sealife Shapes • Amazon Business $8.32 1 $8.32
1 inch Round Color Coding Circle Dot Sticker Labels - 10 Assorted Colors, Pack of 1200 • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hebayy 500 Transparent 8 Color Clear Bingo Counting Chip Plastic Markers (Each Measures 3/4 inch in Diameter) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
LL172BK - Lakeshore Washable Ink Pad - Black • Lakeshore Learning Materials $3.99 2 $7.98
Roylco Inc. - Fancy Stringing Rings • Teachers' School Supply $6.99 1 $6.99
3000 Pack, 0.375" Round Color Coding Circle Dot Sticker Labels - 10 Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
First Years Take&Toss Bowl with Lid, 6 Count • Amazon Business $5.97 1 $5.97
Rienar White 3ML Disposable Plastic Eye Dropper Set Transfer Graduated Pipettes (20 PCS) • Amazon Business $3.96 1 $3.96

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