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Mr. Lucas from Durham NC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learn to Play, then Play to Learn

My students need to play and explore--help them by providing toys, games, and an Able Net All-Turn-It Spinner to access the games!

  • $831 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are placed in my classroom due to their multiple disabilities. Their learning challenges range from vision impairments and cognitive delays to gross and fine motor limitations.

But their strengths lie in perseverance and a good sense of humor.

I am honored to share these students' moments of joy and help them discover new experiences.

In addition to the personal challenges my students face, they also face the larger challenges of our community. Our school is a high needs school with around 85% of students receiving free or reduced lunch. Resources can be hard to find at any school, and our district faces new limitations from the state legislators without the help of funding to help implement these changes. The specialized equipment that my students need to learn effectively can be hard to come by.

My Project

Flashcards are boring. Practicing skills repeatedly can get tiresome for staff and students alike. But play is fun!

Human brains are made to learn through play.

But by the time my students reach middle school, many of them have not had consistent access to varied play opportunities.

I'm asking for the games Count Your Chickens, Hoot Owl Hoot, Hot Potato, Trouble, Snail's Pace Race, Alphabet and Color Go Fish, Crocodile Dentist, Tiny Polka Dot, and a foam bowling set. These games provide practice with foundational math, literacy, and social skills. Wooden puzzles with large knobs, blocks, snap beads, animal counters, hog wild squirrel popper, and pull back cars also provide new ways to practice foundational skills. They will provide learners with opportunities to fully engage with content while building the communication skills essential to a fulfilling life.

The other items you’ll see on the list help adapt the games for the students’ unique needs. Enlarged dice, the magnetic board (allows games to be placed vertically), black adhesive shelf liner (reduces visual clutter for puzzles), mini lights (increase visual attention), and an adapted spinner will help students with visual and motor difficulties use the games and puzzles. Golf sized wiffle balls make great abacuses when strung on taut ropes, and they are much easier to grasp than the smaller commercial abacuses!

Most importantly, these games and books will enable students to have more choices about HOW they learn classroom material--providing valuable practice in self-determination. Play allows all of us to practice self-determination skills, like choice-making and problem solving, in a low-risk environment, and it's fun!

I hope that each student who passes through my classroom has fun while building the skills that they need to be a self-determined adult; the games and toys in this project will help make that happen!

Mr. Lucas
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 6 students.

6 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ablenet Inc 10070003 All-Turn-It Spinner • Amazon Business $122.50 1 $122.50
CP Toys Kid-Sized 13-Piece Foam Safe Play Bowling Set – 10 Pins, 2 Bowling Balls, Positioning Mat, and Tote Bag – Ages 3+ • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
Non-Toxic 70 Piece Non-Recycled Quality foam Wonder Blocks for Children w/Carry Totes: Soft, Quality, Waterproof, Bright Safe & Quiet • Amazon Business $35.88 1 $35.88
Hopkins FloTool 11430 Galvanized Drip Tray 36 x 25 Large Drip Pan Great For Under Car Leak, Dishwasher Leak, Refrigerator Leak, AC leak; Oil Change Catch Pan, Magnectic Board for Office or Kids Room • Amazon Business $32.52 1 $32.52
Childcraft 1435214 Toddler Manipulative Snap Beads with Jar, Assorted Colors (Pack of 16) • Amazon Business $28.99 1 $28.99
Learning Resources Farm Animals Counters, Set of 60 • Amazon Business $18.59 1 $18.59
Peaceable Kingdom Where's Bear? - The Hide-and-Find Stacking Block Game for 2-Year-Olds • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Melissa & Doug Farm Animals Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
24 Dinosaur Toys For 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 year old Boys Girls Toddlers Kids - Enjoy Cake Top Bath Tub Pool Fun or Pretend Play - T-rex Spinosaurus Triceratops Preschool Action Figures -STEM Learning Dino Set • Amazon Business $15.95 1 $15.95
Peaceable Kingdom Count Your Chickens Cooperative Board Game • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
B. toys by Battat B.eauty Pops Pop Arty Crafts Toy Snap Beads for Jewelry Making (300 pieces) • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic • Amazon Business $14.92 1 $14.92
Tiny Polka Dot • Amazon Business $14.65 1 $14.65
Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game • Kaplan Early Learning Company $14.41 1 $14.41
Terra - Wild Animals Mini Figure Set - 60pcs • Amazon Business $13.81 1 $13.81
Ideal Hot Potato Electronic Musical Passing Game • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Hasbro Trouble Game • Amazon Business $12.75 1 $12.75
Kofull 40mm Mixed Color Plastic Airflow Golf Practice Ball, Pack of 50pcs Hollow Sports Training Balls  Good for your pets • Amazon Business $12.06 1 $12.06
Battat Terra Sea Animals In Tube Action Figure Set • Amazon Business $11.94 1 $11.94
Ravensburger Snail's Pace Race - Children's Game • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
HDE Linkable LED String Lights Holiday Home Fairy Multifunction Wedding College Dorm Room Craft Decoration Expandable Rope Lights (100 Micro LEDS - Red) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug 2053 Shapes Knob Wooden Puzzle • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug Fish Bowl Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug 2055 Pet Animals Knob Wooden Puzzle • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug Shapes Wooden Chunky Puzzle (8 pcs) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Go Fish Letter Matching Card Game - 52 Cards with Box • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Melissa & Doug Jungle Friends Safari Animals Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
School Specialty Giant Foam Dice - 5 inches - Set of 2 - Yellow with Red • Amazon Business $9.97 1 $9.97
eeBoo Color Go Fish Playing Cards Game • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Crocodile Dentist (Big Size) - Crocodile Biting Finger Game Funny Toy Gift Funny Toys For Kids - 1 to 4 Players - Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Learning Resources Foam Dice: Dot Dice • Amazon Business $9.16 1 $9.16
Pull Back Vehicles,12 Pack Assorted Construction Vehicles and Race Car Toy,Yeonha Toys Vehicles Truck Mini Car Toy For Kids Toddlers Boys,Pull Back And Go Car Toy Play Set • Amazon Business $8.78 1 $8.78
Hog Wild Squirrel Popper • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
Zip Tac Self-Adhesive Shelf Liner - 9ft x17.75in (Black) • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69

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