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Ms. Debbie from Sedalia MO is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

I Can Do It Myself! Tools for the Early Learner

Help me give my students hands on learning materials that work on language skills, problem solving, and hand strengthening. The Jingle Flip will be used to stimulate my auditory explorers while the Squigz create fine motor fun!

  • $511 goal

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My Students

My classroom is very unique. I have the opportunity to work with special needs students with a few typically developing peers in the mix. My students have varying abilities and it’s my job to meet them where they are. Everything we do is individually based. I work alongside speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. We use a lot of sensory integration throughout our day. I believe that play based learning is the way to a kids mind and growth!

My Project

These materials will make an impact on the development of my students. Each student has their own set of challenges and strengths. My end goal is that each student will be as independent in life as possible.

By utilizing these tools in my classroom I can work on skills in many areas, such as cognition, fine motor, language, and social emotional behaviors.

The wooden train set, puzzles, and spinning ring stacker are just a few of the items that I will use to promote executive function skills and cognitive learning in my classroom.

The suction cup Squigz, playdoh tools, and lite-brite promote fine motor development. Hand strengthening is a vital part of fine motor development. Before a child can hold a writing utensil or cut with scissors they must have the strength and ability to use their fingers independently. It goes beyond the classroom, it impacts a student's ability to independently perform self-care tasks such as dressing and undressing and many other areas in their daily lives.

Language skills are vital for the early learner. Some of my students are working to requesting items using pictures cards, others are just beginning to use single word utterances, while others are formulating sentences. Giving students the opportunity to request desired items, make a choice, or describe their play are just a few ways these items will impact the learning in my classroom.

As mentioned before sensory integration plays a big role in my classroom. I try to utilized items that have different textures, sounds, and that are visually appealing. The Wooden Jingle Tube stimulates the auditory learners while the visual timer captures the attention of the visual learner. These are all tools that learner can explore themselves discovering their own rate.

Ms. Debbie
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
100-Piece Orbrium Toys Triple-Loop Wooden Train Set Fits Thomas Brio Chuggington • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Fat Brain Toys Squigz 2.0 - 36 Piece • Amazon Business $39.95 1 $39.95
Excellerations Early STEM Toy, Connecting, Fun, Pop Beads, Linking Bead Set in Storage Bin, Pack of 28 (Item #FUNPOP) • Amazon Business $35.76 1 $35.76
KINGDOM SECRET Jingle Flip Fingers Wooden Sensory Toy. SEN and Autism • Amazon Business $35.45 1 $35.45
Fat Brain Toys Kids Spinagain Toy • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
Learning Resources Tumble Trax Magnetic Marble Run, STEM Toy, 28 Piece Set, Ages 5+ • Amazon Business $23.88 1 $23.88
BUNMO Pop Tubes Fidget Toys - 12 Pack • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Lewo Wooden Geometric Chunky Shape Puzzles Sorting Game Early Development Educational Toys Pack of 3 • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Rainbow Color Cones, Color Identification, Fine Motor Toy, Ages 2+ • Amazon Business $16.50 1 $16.50
May & Z Geometric Shape Sorter for Block Puzzle Games and Sorting Board for Preschool Toddlers • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Hape Color and Shape Wooden Block Sorter • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Fat Brain Toys Suction Kupz Baby Toys & Gifts for Ages 1 to 2 • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
3 Pack Liquid Motion Bubbler Timer: Best Sensory Toy for Relaxation, Liquid Motion Timer Toy Floating Color Mini Lava Lamp Timer- Great Fidget Toys for Kids, Relaxing Liquid Bubbler Timer for Adults • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Bememo 4 Pack Magic Rainbow Ball Puzzle Speed Cube Ball Toy Brain Teaser with 11 Rainbow Colors • Amazon Business $14.79 1 $14.79
Basic Fun Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic Toy • Amazon Business $14.45 1 $14.45
72 Rainbow Colored Counting Bears with Cups for Children, Montessori Toddler Learning Toys, Colorful Educational Tool for Learning STEM Education, Mathematics, Counting and Sorting Toys for Autism • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
Fat Brain Toys MiniSpinny • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Carykon Set of 11 PCS Smart Dough Tools Kit with Models and Molds, Dough Extruders • Amazon Business $12.29 1 $12.29
Super Z Outlet Classic 3-Dimensional Pin Art Board Metal Silver Toy for Sculptures, Children & Adults Learning Gift • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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