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Ms. Willems from Saint Louis MO is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Fun and Learning in First Grade

My students need toys and fun activities where they can collaborate with their peers, receive their sensory needs, and have a fun learning environment!

  • $408 goal

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My Students

My goal for my fabulous first grade students this year is to ensure they leave my classroom everyday saying "learning is fun!" I teach 30 first grade scholars ages six and seven years old. Some of my students are ready to read full texts with dialogue and multiple conflicts, and other students are still practicing their letter sounds. Wherever my students are academically, we will be celebrating all the learning and growth that will take place over our time together!

At my school we have an extended school day and an extended school year- which makes it even more important for young learners to have fun throughout our day!

Everyday we end with "Choice Time" where scholars can choose a fun activity to end their day. This time is crucial for young learners to end their day at school on a positive note so they are excited and enthusiastic about coming back the following day. With these materials I will be able to create the most engaging and enjoyable environment for my scholars during this time.

Learning is fun in First grade!

My Project

The use of games and activities in my classroom will give scholars a chance to orient themselves to their peers. I strive to create a classroom culture where my students build meaningful relationships with each other and start discovering how learning is fun! These materials will be used throughout the day, but primarily during our "Choice Time" block at the end of the day. This is when scholars can come and choose an activity to celebrate their hard work and wrap up their day with their classmates.

Some of the materials are sensory materials that students can also chose to play with, or use as needed throughout the day.

In First Grade we have a variety of needs in our classroom and these fidgets and sensory materials will help all students be successful in the classroom. They might be a small fidget they can hold while they learn, or kinetic sand or play doh where they can dig in and work through emotions they might experience.

I also included a lot of STEM toys. I love the cooperation toys like the Marble Run and the magnets because scholars can work to create things with each other! This encourages problem solving and social skills.

The board games are also for students to learn to cooperate and work together. I chose games that children are often familiar with and might not need an adult to facilitate. I want to see my students take the lead on these games and problem solve with one another.

Ms. Willems
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Magformers Basic Set (62-pieces) Magnetic Building Blocks, Educational Magnetic Tiles, Magnetic Building STEM Toy • Amazon Business $58.59 1 $58.59
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty Mini Tin Complete Bundle Gift Set - 8 Pack • Amazon Business $25.70 2 $51.40
Meland Marble Run Toy 122 Pcs Marble Game STEM Learning Toy, Educational Construction Building Blocks Toy, Marble Set Gift for Kids 4 5 6 + Year Old Boys Girls • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99
Magic Sculpting Sand - 6 Pack Assorted Colors Squeezable Sand That Never Dries Out - Great Toy For Any Child Favor, Gift, Birthday - By Kidsco • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Race Tracks Car Tracks Toys with 192 Pieces Flexible Tracks Set with 2 Vehicles,4 Trees,2 Slopes,1 Hanging Bridge and Traffic Accessories Super Fun,Early Educational Toys for 1 2 3 Year Girls and Boys • Amazon Business $26.99 1 $26.99
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 24-Pack Case of Colors (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Jenga • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
EDsportshouse Sensory Fidget Toys Bundle(15 Pack),Sensory Fidget and Squeeze Widget for Relaxing Therapy,Stress Relief Fidget Hand Toys For Kids Adults With ADHD ADD Anxiety Autism & More • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Chutes and Ladders Game (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Candy Land The World of Sweets Game (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Mattel Games UNO Card Game • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Hasbro Connect 4 Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77
Hasbro Sorry! Game • Amazon Business $8.77 1 $8.77

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