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Mrs. Henning from Portland OR is requesting Flexible Seating through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Future Zen Den

Help me give my students access to sensory and calming tools such as flexible seating, comfortable places to take a break, calming music, and opportunities for movement (balance beam).

  • $1,238 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are coming back from a school year of mostly virtual learning and would benefit greatly from support with social-emotional learning and a safe, calm space to regulate themselves so that they are ready to learn and grow.

My Project

I am creating a safe space for my students to take a break and learn to regulate their bodies and emotions. The Zen Den will provide them with access to a variety of activities. For example, the balance beam will be part of a gross motor/sensory path. The music, tents, light covers, and lamps will help set a calm and relaxing room. The fidgets and sensory toys will be tools to help them regulate their bodies.

My goal is to teach my students calming strategies that they can implement both in their academic classroom and home.

Including identifying their emotions/triggers, identifying how their body feels, and helping them find activities that calm their body so that they can be ready to learn.

Mrs. Henning
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 300 students.

15 donors have given to this project.

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JBL FLIP 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black • Amazon Business $119.95 1 $119.95
Secura 60-Minute Visual Timer, Classroom Countdown Clock, Silent Timer for Kids and Adults, Time Management Tool for Teaching (Blue) • Amazon Business $18.42 5 $92.10
SoftScape 15 inch Round Floor Cushions with Handles; Flexible Seating for in-Home Distance Learning, Daycare, Preschool, Classroom; 2 inch Thick Deluxe Foam (6-Piece) - Contemporary • Amazon Business $64.99 1 $64.99
Touch Control Table Lamp, Lamp for Bedroom Set of 2, Modern Desk Lamps with 2 USB Ports & AC Outlet, 3 Way Dimmable Nightstand Lamp for Living Room Office, Grey Shade, 60W 4000K LED Bulbs Included • Amazon Business $49.98 1 $49.98
PreGymnastic Folding Balance Beam 8FT/9.5FT -Extra-Firm Suede Cover with Shinning Sticker and Carry Bag for Home/School/Club/Travel • Amazon Business $46.99 1 $46.99
A Little SPOT of Feelings 8 Book Box Set (Book 25-32: Empathy, Frustration, Calm, Belonging, Worry, Boredom, Flexible Thinking, & Feelings Detective) • Amazon Business $46.75 1 $46.75
scriptract Kids& Pets 6ft Teepee Tent Playhouse 100% Natural Cotton Canvas with Window & Carrying Bag ,Foldable Playhouse for Indoor & Outdoor (Gray) • Amazon Business $46.69 1 $46.69
Big Joe Classic Beanbag Smartmax, Stretch Limo Black • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Gaiam Kids Stay-N-Play Children's Balance Ball - Flexible School Chair Active Classroom Desk Alternative Seating | Built-In Stay-Put Soft Stability Legs, Includes Air Pump, 45cm, Lime • Amazon Business $19.98 2 $39.96
ECR4Kids - ELR-15810-BL The Surf Portable Lap Desk, Flexible Seating for Homeschool and Classrooms, One-Piece Writing Table for Kids, Teens and Adults, GREENGUARD [GOLD] Certified, Blue • Amazon Business $38.57 1 $38.57
A Little SPOT of Feelings and Emotions Educator's Guide • Amazon Business $35.09 1 $35.09
A Little SPOT of Emotion 8 Plush Toys with Feelings Book Box Set • Amazon Business $33.16 1 $33.16
LIVEBOX Polka Dots Round Area Rugs, 3ft Diameter Kids Play Mat Soft Plush Baby Crawling Mat Non-Slip Throw Carpet for Teen Girl Living Room Bedroom Playroom Nursery Decor Best Shower Gift(Gray) • Amazon Business $32.99 1 $32.99
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 200-Pack, 8.9 x 11.4 Inches, Letter Size Sheets, Clear, 3-Mil (TP3854-200) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Exelme Night Light Projector Ocean Wave - Sound Machine with Soothing Nature Noise and Relaxing Light Show - Color Changing Wave Light Effects for Kids Adults Bedroom Living Room – White • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
junovo Ultra Soft Area Rugs, Fluffy Carpets for Bedroom Kids Girls Boys Baby Living Room Shaggy Floor Nursery Rug Home Decor Mats, 3 x 5ft Grey • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Fushing 50pcs Clear Plastic Vertical Name Tags Badge ID Card Holders and Blue Neck Lanyards with Swivel Hook for School, Festival, Event (5.32" x 3.35") • Amazon Business $23.90 1 $23.90
30pcs fidget packs Sensory fidgets Toys Packages Simple dimple with pop Tubes Sensory Autism Puzzle Balls fidget Packs figet Sets Stress Toys for Kids ADHD Anxiety Relief Cheap Fidget Pack with Ball D • Amazon Business $23.66 1 $23.66
Milliard Petite Reading Pillow for Kids & Children with Shredded Foam and Cozy, Washable Cover- 14x13 inches (Sit Up Pillow) • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
ULTRUG Fluffy Round Rug for Kids Room, Soft Circle Area Rugs for Girls Bedroom, Cute Princess Castle Nursery Rug Shaggy Circular Carpet for Teens Girls Baby Bedroom Home Decor, 4 x 4 Feet Grey • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Howstart 12 Pcs Mini Push pop Bubble Fidget Toy, Simple Fidget Toy, Keychain Bubble Pop Desk Toy, Decompression Toys Suitable for All Ages (Square+Round) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Digital Kitchen Timer, 9 Pack Kitchen Timers Clock, Countdown Stopwatch with Large LCD Display, Loud Alarm and Back Stand, for Cooking, Shower, Bathroom, Kids, Teacher, Classroom - Cute Black • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Hicarer 20 Fidget Bean Toy Push Bubble Toy Include 10 Peanut Anxiety Stress Relief Toy and 10 Pea Popper Edamame Keychain for Backpack Silicone Toy for Teens Adults • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
CWK 6FT Stretch Spandex Table Cover for Rectangular Fitted Folding Tables, Wrinkle Resistant, Elastic Stretchable Patio Tablecloth Protector for Party, Banquet, Wedding and Events (Black) • Amazon Business $14.80 1 $14.80
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty 4" Tin - Super Illusions Super Lava - Multi-Color Putty, Soft Texture - Never Dries Out • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
SmartGames IQ Focus Cognitive Skill-Building Travel Game with Portable Case featuring 120 Challenges for Ages 8 - Adult • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Super Z Outlet Stretchy Jelly String Noodles Thick Rubber Fidget Sensory Toys Set for Calming Relaxing Children Birthday Party Favors and Prizes (24 Pack) • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty - Scentsory Treat: Orangesicle - Fidget Toy for All Ages - Stretch, Play and Create -  Orange Cream Scented Putty That Never Dries Out - 2.75" Storage Tin - .8 oz. • Amazon Business $9.29 1 $9.29
Kinetic Sand, The Original Moldable Sensory Play Sand, Green, 2 lb. Resealable Bag, Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
Kinetic Sand The Original Moldable Sensory Play Sand, Blue, 2 Pounds • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
Kinetic Sand The Original Moldable Sensory Play Sand, Pink, 2 Pounds • Amazon Business $8.90 1 $8.90
USATDD Wooden Puzzles Brain Teasers Toy Russian Tangram Colorful Jigsaw Game Wood Puzzles Montessori Intelligence STEM Educational Gift for Baby Toddlers Kids 3 4 5 6 7 Years Old Boys Girls 40 Pcs • Amazon Business $6.59 1 $6.59

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