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Mrs. Takahama from Waimanalo HI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Go Ahead - Play With Your Food!

My students need three sets of play foods for our lessons on nutrition and pretend play.

  • $365 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Aloha from na keiki o Hawai'i. My preschool special education class provides early intervention services to qualifying special needs children with a range of disabling conditions, ages 3 to 5 years. Most of my students struggle to speak and be understood, and several have fine motor challenges as well. My school is located in a predominantly rural, low-income neighborhood with a considerable portion of the children of Hawaiian and/or Pacific Island ancestry.

Our classroom cheer sums it up: "You too, we too, we all love preschool!" We are a group of actively involved adults-teacher, aide, and therapists, and children working together in our hands-on learning environment.

My Project

"Stop playing with your food!" surely everyone has been told this at some point in their lives, and/or has said it, probably to a young child. I confess that I have been at both ends of that statement.

However if you want children to learn about something--let them play with it!

Unfortunately, the few remainders of our twenty year old collection are ragged and consist primarily of mini plastic hamburgers, hot dogs, bananas, and, oddly, lots of ice cream cones and cookies-not the best of diets. Needless to say, it's long overdue that they get replaced.

The multicultural play set will have some foods familiar to my musubi-eating keiki as well as introduce them to foods from other regions. While shopping food basket and the real-size sets will have selections that are more diverse and representative of the updated food pyramid. I'm hoping that by pretending to cook and eat these healthier selections the children will become familiar with a greater variety and be more receptive to actually eating some of these foods during our "real" cooking activities and at meal time.

Mrs. Takahama
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 9 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
RR900X - Let’s Go Shopping Food Baskets - Complete Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $115.00 1 $115.00
PP111 - Real-Size Classroom Food Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $99.50 1 $99.50
LM366 - Best-Buy Multicultural Play Food Assortment • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99

Materials cost

$264.49

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$11.64

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.97

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$310.10

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$54.72

Total project goal

$364.82

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$364.82

7 Donors

-$364.82

Donations toward project cost

-$310.10

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$54.72

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$0.00

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