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Ms. Tonnesen from New York NY is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Through Creativity

Help me give my students the opportunities to foster their creativity through play. My students love chances to express their creativity and magnetic tiles, playdoh, and of course Legos allows them to do that!

  • $323 goal

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My Students

Hello! We are a second grade class made up of 25 unique students. Our school is located in the Hells Kitchen, NYC. My students know that they can always count on school being that constant in their lives.

We are super eager learners.

They are very eager readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, and historians. They rip the library apart on a daily basis as they try and locate their next reading adventure. They are always excited to get their ideas down on paper regardless if its writing, social studies, or math. There are future scientists in this classroom who will be very successful dealing with electricity or out in the wilderness identify different animal adaptations. What can I say? We are great!

My Project

On Fridays, my class has one period of choice time. During this time, my students are able to choose activities that they want to do. This is one time during the week that I am able to build relationships with my students because there is no stress of academic success on them. Throughout choice time, I want my students to be engaged in a fun activity as they are able to work with their peers and build personal relationships.

My students love the opportunity to showcase their creativity.

Most of my students like to build things with snap cubes or create designs using pattern blocks. Another popular choice is free-drawing or coloring. I want to give my students the chances to explore their creative side through different avenues.

The playdoh will be available for students to build and create their favorite objects. The magnetic tiles allows students to create buildings and towns as they put the pieces together. Finally, the Legos will allow my students the opportunities to build anything their mind can think of. As fun as all of these activities seem to be, they are all giving second graders opportunities to learn life skills as they are interacting and learning with people their own age.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 Build Your Own Creative Toys, Kids Building Kit (790 Pieces) • Amazon Business $47.99 2 $95.98
Strictly Briks - Classic Brick Baseplates - 12 Base Plates - 12 Rainbow Colors - Stackable Plates to Create Your Own Table - Compatible with All Major Brands - 10 Inch x 10 Inch - (32 x 32 Pegs) • Amazon Business $34.99 1 $34.99
Jasonwell 108 Pcs Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks Set for Boys Girls Preschool Educational Construction Kit Magnet Stacking Toys for Kids Toddlers Children Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
WHIMSWIT Magnetic Blocks, 65 Pieces 3D Magnetic Building Tiles Set, Educational Magnet Construction Toy for Kids, Girl and Boys • Amazon Business $23.99 1 $23.99
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 24-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Multi-Color, 3-Ounce Cans, Ages 2 and up, Multicolor (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Brickyard Building Blocks 4 Baseplates, Improved Design 10 x 10 Inches Large Thick Base Plates for Building Bricks, for Activity Table or Displaying Toys (Green, Blue, Gray, Sand - 4-Pack, Assorted) • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
Pandapia 47-Piece Dough Tools Bulk with Play Accessories Molds Scissor,Party Pack Playset for Toddler Preschool Toys Classroom • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
JPSOR 26pcs Clay Dough Tools Kit Dough Playset Includes Extruder Tools, Animal and Plant Shape Cutters and Molds ( Random Color ) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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