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Mrs. Thornton from Tallahassee FL is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Keep Calm and Take a Sensory Break

My students need these items to promote an engaging and sensory rich environment to decompress.

  • $653 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Our students have many struggles outside of the school environment so they do not always come to school with education on their minds.

We strive as a family to provide students with therapeutic supports that help them cope with life and get ready to learn and reach their full potential.

With the help of school administration and personal teacher funds, we have created a sensory room that allows children to decompress. This room is used with 25+ special needs students with a range of special needs and need tactile and sensory support. We also use this room to implement 25+ individual behavioral plans for students struggling with anger management and outside stress factors. They can earn short periods of time to engage with sensory and a calming experiences.

Our school is the home zone for a population of students who are experiencing homelessness. Although our parents are working programs to gain assistance it often leaves many of our students scared, anxious, and angry. For 6 hours a day we are their safe place.

My Project

Sensory rooms are often found in only certain education environments.

Our school is the first in our county to pool professional and personal resources to create a safe environment for not only sensory special needs students but students who are struggling with personal emotional issues.

In the brief time we have implemented this room we have been able to see positive emotional and educational growth in sensory needy students as well as emotionally needy students.

Sensory exploration has proven to increase fine and gross motor skills, promotes problem solving skills and social interactions, and decreases the time a child in crisis needs to be able to calm.

These materials will allow us to create a soothing wonderland and safe place for many students to decompress. The intent of the lava lamp and levitation items are to provide a calming experience for students in distress or overly anxious. While the tunnels and hopper balls allow for release of energy for students who have focusing needs, the tents provide a safe place to "remove" themselves from stressors. The magnetic puzzles promote fine motor skills and increase critical thinking while also allowing for practice of sustained attention and problem solving.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
E-FirstFeeling 3D Pin Art Sculpture Extra Large 10" X 8" Pin Impression Hand Mold Board Toy - Light Blue • Amazon Business $23.99 2 $47.98
Soft Glow Silent Timer & Light • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
7 Balls Newtons Cradle, Stainless Steel Strings • Amazon Business $29.01 1 $29.01
Hide N Side Kids Play Tunnels, Indoor Outdoor Crawl through Toddler Baby Child Dog Pop up Tunnel Gift Toy • Amazon Business $25.95 1 $25.95
Magnetic Levitation Floating World Map Globe with C Shape Base, 3" Rotating Planet Earth Globe Ball Anti Gravity LED Light Lamp- Educational Gifts for Kids, Home Office Desk Decoration (Dark Blue) • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
SPOLEY Desk Decor Base Magnetic Sculpture Toys for Intelligence Development and Stress Relief • Amazon Business $11.99 2 $23.98
EDC Fidgeter 3mm Magnetic Cube Puzzle Prime Quality Fidget Toys Fidget Cube, 216 Pieces. Ideal Office Stress Relief Executive Desk Toy. Magic Metal Square Fidget Magnets Cool Gadget. • Amazon Business $11.90 2 $23.80
Big Time Toys Socker Bopper Power Bag • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Schylling 2179 Inch Tri-Colored Base Lava Lamp with White Wax in Clear Liquid, 14.5" • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
AmazonBasics AAA Performance Alkaline Batteries (36 Count) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
AmazonBasics 9 Volt Everyday Alkaline Batteries (8-Pack) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
Fat Brain Toys Swingy Thing • Amazon Business $9.95 2 $19.90
Loveboat USB Powered 7 Colors Amazing Optical Illusion 3D Glow LED Lamp Art Sculpture Lights Produces Unique Lighting Effects and 3D Visualization for Home Decor (Rings-In-Rings) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
VYI.ME Abstract 3D Led Lamp 7 Colors Change USB Touch Button Creative Design Illusion Night Lamp for Home Office Room Theme Decoration and Kiddie Kids Children Family Holiday Gift • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Squeaking Ball Pet Buddy with LED Lights - 6 Pack Assorted Flashing LED Balls with Squeaky Sounds - Party Favor Bouncy LED Ball Set of 6 - Stress Relief Balls - Squishy Toy with LED Lights • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Children Knight Castle Kids Play Tent and Tunnel Set with Travel Case - Colorful Outdoor Pop Up Play Tent Adventure Kit for Kids Party Events | Backyards | Camping | BBQs - Perfect for Girls • Amazon Business $17.79 1 $17.79
Tomatep Space Rocket Ship Play Tent, with Outer Space Torch Projector,Foldable Pop Up Kids Tent for Indoor & Outdoor By (Tent with Torch) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
5ММ 216PCS Magnetic Toys for adult Building Ball Cube Shapes for Creative & Imaginative Play with Metal Storage Box • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
WALIKI TOYS Hopper Ball For Kids Ages 7-9 (Hippity Hop Ball, Hopping Ball, Bouncy Ball With Handles, Sit & Bounce, Kangaroo Bouncer, Jumping Ball, 20 Inches, Emoji, Pump Included) • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
ScienceGeek Kinetic Art Asteroid - Electronic Perpetual Motion desk toy Home Decoration • Amazon Business $15.59 1 $15.59
AmazonBasics AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (48 Count) - Packaging May Vary • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
WALIKI TOYS Hopping Ball For Kids Ages 3-6 (Hippity Hop Ball, Hopper Ball, Bouncy Ball With Handles, Sit & Bounce, Kangaroo Bouncer, Jumping Ball, 18 Inches, green, Pump Included) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Optical Illusion 3D Crisscross Rings Lighting by Playtime 123 is a Great Nightlight with a Soft Subtle Glow for Kids. These Eco-friendly Laser Cut Precision LED Lights Make Beautiful Gifts for Mom and Amazing Desk Lamps for Dad. Start Enjoying your very own Multicolored USB Powered Light Today! • Amazon Business $13.59 1 $13.59
Shopline Colorful Balls Perpetual Motion Toy, Art Asteroid Desk Craft Ornament for Home Office Decoration • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
1 Lb Magnetic Hematite Stones by AzureGreen • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37

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