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Ms. Opel from Accident MD is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Kindergarten Is a Sensory Experience

Help me give my students items to place in our seasonal sensory table, such as water beads, small gardening tools, seasonal animal figurines and plants, and holiday-themed cookie cutters.

  • $434 goal

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My Students

Within the first week of kindergarten, I could tell that my kinders were kind beyond their years. It amazes me how much kindness can be held in such tiny bodies. They give hugs, high fives, compliments, and encouragement to me and their classmates. They make it a point to "fill each others' buckets". They may talk in the hallways sometimes, they may be too loud at lunch, they may not always finish their work, but they're kind. What more could I ask for?

There are so many tiny different personalities in my kindergarten classroom, yet, all of those personalities come together and create magic.

Some of them know almost all of their letters and sounds, some of them don't. Some of them can count to 100. Some of them can't. Some of them can use scissors. Some of them can't hold a pencil. Some of them have awesome social skills, while some are too shy to say "Good Morning". Yet, when I stand back and watch them interact with each other and work, the growth and possibilities they possess leaves me speechless. They are truly magical tiny humans and they deserve even more than I could ever give them.

My Project

My class has a wonderful, wooden, handmade sensory table that I was SO excited to find when I moved into my new classroom this year! The kiddos LOVE it and are exploring in it! As a first year teacher, I have so many ideas on how I want to make the sensory table correlate with the seasons/themes/holidays that our class experiences. I find it so important to bring real-life into the items we explore and learn with every day.

I have chosen to create a project to purchase seasonal items to fill our sensory bin with as the year progresses, so that the students have new items to explore with, as well as learn more about the seasons and holidays that we are experiencing throughout the year.

These items include seasonal animal figurines and plants such as: artificial apples and ABC blocks for the beginning of the school year, artificial acorns, pumpkins, and forrest animas for fall, artificial evergreen branches and pinecones for winter, heart shaped buttons for February, gold coins for March, plastic Easter grass and eggs, as well as gardening tools and artificial flowers for the remainder of the spring season, and water beads and artificial ocean animals and seashells for the end of the school year.

Seasons is a part of the kindergarten curriculum in my state, and I am finding that the best way to enhance my kindergarteners learning experiences is by surrounding them with the curriculum throughout our classroom, and using a cross-curriculum approach. Including seasonal items in our sensory bin will enhance my kindergarteners awareness of our world and of our curriculum as they explore in the sensory bin during center time.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PartyYeah 100 Pcs Plastic Fake Gold Coins & 1 Pc Purple Drawstring Storage Bag for Kids Hunt Play Party Favors (Gold, Coins+Drawstring bag) • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
Melissa & Doug School Bus Wooden Play Set With 7 Play Figures • Amazon Business $16.10 1 $16.10
MOJO Male Turkey Toy Figure • Amazon Business $7.95 2 $15.90
Mayitr Daisy Artificial Flowers Multicolor Fake Flowers Bouquet Decoration for Office Bedroom Wedding Party (2 Pack, Pink+Purple) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Safari Ltd Arctic TOOB With 10 Fun Figurines, Including A Harp Seal, Husky, Caribou, Arctic Rabbit, Killer Whale, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Beluga Whale, Igloo, And Polar Bear – For Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
MUFEN 30pcs Artificial Pine Branches Green Plants Pine Needles DIY Accessories for Garland Wreath Christmas Embellishing and Home Garden Decor • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Small Metal Watering Can – Kids Size – Gardening – Colors Vary • Amazon Business $11.57 1 $11.57
Bememo 36 Pieces Mini Spring Toy Set, Rainbow Springs Plastic Magic Fillers Toy • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Juvale Set of 6 Fake Fruit Apples - Artificial Fruit Plastic Apples for Still Life Paintings, Storefront Decoration, Kitchen Decor, Red and Green - 2.7 x 2.2 x 2.5 Inches • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Down To Earth Cobalt Blue Glass Gems - For Vase Fillers or Ponds, 2 lbs • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Shxstore 2 Inch Rustic Pine Cones Ornaments for Home Party Decorations and DIY Crafts 6 Counts by • Amazon Business $4.99 2 $9.98
Follow Me Wooden Alphabet Block Set on Wheels with Pull Along String • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Lorigun 5 Pcs Simulation Carrots Artificial Vegetables Home&Kitchen Decorations • Amazon Business $9.87 1 $9.87
Auihiay 36 Pieces Ocean Sea Animals Assorted Mini Vinyl Plastic Animal Toy Set Realistic Under The Sea Life Figure Bath Toy for Child Educational • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
KINGLAKE 8 Pcs 4" Plastic Plant Flower Seedlings Nursery Pot/Pots Planter Colorful Flower Plant Container Seed Starting Pots with Pallet,8 Colors • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Wild Republic Wilderness Nature Tube, Woodland Animals, Forest Animal Figures, Kids Gifts, Educational Toys, 12-Pieces • Amazon Business $8.68 1 $8.68
Sensory Jungle 16,000 Floral Water Pearls - BLUE - Vases and Centerpieces for Wedding beads - makes 12 gallons of water beads • Amazon Business $8.50 1 $8.50
YHMALL 100pcs Artificial Lifelike Simulation Small Acorn Set Decoration Fake Model Craft Material Home House Kitchen Decor • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
SunAngel Mini Fall Pumpkins Set, Artificial Lifelike Simulation Decoration Fake Fruit House Kitchen Decor (16PCS) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Nahuaa Fake Plants, 4PCS Artificial Daisy Flowers Greenery Bush Faux Plastic Wheat Grass Shrubs Table Centerpieces Arrangements Home Kitchen Office Indoor Outdoor Spring Decorations Yellow • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Sea Team 30ct Christmas Ball Ornaments Shatterproof Christmas Tree Baubles Decorations with Tied Strings for Holiday Wedding Party Decor, Glitters-free Easy to Clean, 1.97"/50mm, Gold • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
G & F 1823-3 JustForKids Soft Jersey Kids Garden Gloves, Kids Work Gloves, 3 Pairs Green/Red/Blue per Pack • Amazon Business $7.71 1 $7.71
Buttons Galore 50-Value Pack Red Hearts Button • Amazon Business $7.27 1 $7.27
1Pack(100Pcs) Red Rose Petals Artificial Multi--functional Flowers Decorations, Wedding Party/Vase/Home Decor/Bridal Rose Flower Petals Favors Decoration • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Candy Cauldron Kettles - 1 Dozen Party Decoration Supplies by Big Mo’s Toys • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89
Toysmith Kid's 3-Piece Garden Tool Set • Amazon Business $6.80 1 $6.80
Mixed Natural Colorful Seashells 0.79" to 3.15" Size Nautical Beach Décor Fish Tank,Vase Fillers Beach Theme Party Wedding Decor • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Christmas Shapes Plastic Cookie Cutters, 6-pc. Sets • Amazon Business $5.50 1 $5.50
Easter Grass Tricolor - 3 Oz Bag • Amazon Business $5.40 1 $5.40
Darice Play DOH MEGA TUB of Tools, As Shown • Amazon Business $4.94 1 $4.94
U.S. Toy (ED9) Beautiful Assorted Color 2 3/8" Plastic Easter Eggs - 12 Pack - Perfect Size Easter Basket / Hunt Egg • Amazon Business $4.74 1 $4.74
Holiday Times Tinsel Garland (Red, 15 FT) • Amazon Business $4.49 1 $4.49
Jingle Bells 1-Inch, 18/Pack, Silver • Amazon Business $4.43 1 $4.43
WEWILL Adorable Mini Vibrant Colors Easter Chicks - Box of 12 Party Decoration Easter Egg Bonnet Decoration Plush Chicks, 1-Inch (Style 1) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Wilton 2304-115 Nesting Heart Cutter Set • Amazon Business $3.90 1 $3.90

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