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Mrs. W. Burton from Washington DC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Fine Motor Extravaganza!

Help me give my students molding sand, sand tools, and a variety of puzzles.

  • $407 goal

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My Students

My students enjoy using their fingers during play. For example, they enjoy using play-dough and sand, working on puzzles, drawing, writing, and making a variety of objects using manipulative pieces. They like to talk about what they have made/done and receive feedback about their creations.

My students like becoming experts at what they do.

When they have mastered making something with one type of material, they like to try that same idea with other materials. When they have become comfortable with putting one puzzle together, they like to move on to other puzzles, so that they can build their proficiency. They are motivated to make progress in their chosen path/pursuit.

My Project

My students are at a critical stage of development: their brains are growing rapidly and the window of learning is wide open. As such, I must maximize every opportunity to fulfill their potential. This is why they need to have several opportunities to develop their fine motor skills.

Playing with sand and working on puzzles help my students sharpen their fine motor skills.

Developing their fine motor skills is essential to their academic progress and life skills, as it has implications for using pencils, scissors, zippers, buttons, among other skills.

When my students play with the sand, they mold a variety of objects, with or without a mold. Picking up and positioning the molds and shaping the sand help prepare their fingers for having the proper pencil grip. When they work on puzzles, they have to position their fingers in pinching formations to pick up the puzzle pieces. These formations help to train their fingers to hold a pencil correctly.

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

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 16 students.

11 donors have given to this project.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Four Seasons Puzzle Set - Set of 8 • Kaplan Early Learning Company $71.96 1 $71.96
FF520 - Learn to Count! Picture Puzzles • Lakeshore Learning Materials $69.99 1 $69.99
Shape It Sand - White • Nasco $57.95 1 $57.95
Healthy Meals Puzzle Set • Kaplan Early Learning Company $31.46 1 $31.46
EE200 - Mold & Play Sensory Sand Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Life Cycle Puzzles (Set of 4) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $26.96 1 $26.96

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