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Mrs. Baklayan from Los Angeles CA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Through Sensory Toys and Dramatic Play

Help me give my students access to flexible seating, sensory toys, and dramatic play that will enhance their engagement and promote learning by meeting their needs in our classroom.

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My Students

I teach a kindergarten to 1st grade autism core class. My students' needs vary from sensory and tactile deficits to auditory stimulation. I have a group of 7 wonderful students, each with their own unique personality that makes our class, our class!

My students thrive in sensory-rich environments that allow them to explore their senses, while bringing them focus when we engage in our classwork.

One of my students needs auditory and tactile stimulation in the form of sounds and feelings close to his ears (usually around his neck). I found that he enjoys using a toy called a Pop Toob that makes a CRUNCH sound as it's stretched, so I made sure to include this toy, and others, on our donation list.

Our class loves using sensory items and dramatic play toys, and are just beginning to learn how to play cooperatively. If we receive all the items on our list, then the children will have that many more opportunities to gain the skills they need as they grow older.

My Project

My classroom is currently lacking toys for the students to play with. We have a few puzzles and blocks, but these toys do not meet the sensory and social needs of my students. Some of my students become easily distracted or frustrated during the day. With the sensory toys, my students will be able to focus for longer periods of time and stay engaged during work sessions.

Dramatic play allows children to create their own world, and to share that world with their classmates will promote a positive learning environment in our classroom.

My students will greatly benefit from the dramatic play toys as they build their socialization and communication skills with one another.

If my project is funded, my classroom will become more of a second home to my students. They will enjoy their time spent there, whether it's on the carpet using their wobble cushions, playing pretend in our kitchen, or taking a break using the sensory toys.

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

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This project will reach 7 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Teamson Kids - Little Chef Wooden Toy Play Kitchen with Accessories - Burlywood • Amazon Business $72.99 1 $72.99
Mommy Please Play Set for Kids-Huge 202 Piece Pretend Food Toys Is Perfect Kitchen Toys-Inspire Your Toddlers Imagination + 4 Bonus Water Bottles • Amazon Business $38.99 1 $38.99
TS281Z - Easy-Squeeze Scissors - Set of 12 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
CoolSand 5 lb. Refill Bucket with Inflatable Sandbox, Kinetic Play sand for All Ages - Patented Formula - (Natural) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
REEHUT Stability Balance Disc Trainer w/Free 9-Page Ebook - 13" Diameter Wobble Cushion w/Air Pump for Workout, Therapy, Fitness and Training Exercise (Black) • Amazon Business $14.49 2 $28.98
REEHUT Stability Balance Disc Trainer w/Free 9-Page Ebook - 13" Diameter Wobble Cushion w/Air Pump for Workout, Therapy, Fitness and Training Exercise (Purple) • Amazon Business $14.49 2 $28.98
REEHUT Stability Balance Disc Trainer w/Free 9-Page Ebook - 13" Diameter Wobble Cushion w/Air Pump for Workout, Therapy, Fitness and Training Exercise (Red) • Amazon Business $14.49 2 $28.98
Sensory Toy Package by Vital Toys/4-Pack.Sensory Toys for Autistic Children.DNA Balls and Liquid Motion Timers.Autism Toys, Sensory Items, Special Needs and Calming Toys for Anxiety Relief. • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
POOF-Slinky Pop Toobs Bundle of 12 - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Froggy Feeding Fun™ • AKJ Education $18.24 1 $18.24
Ocean Sea Animal, 52 Pack Assorted Mini Vinyl Plastic Animal Toy Set, Funcorn Toys Realistic Under The Sea Life Figure Bath Toy for Child Educational Party Cake Cupcake Topper,Octopus Shark Otter • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
PP844 - Sight-Word Seashell Game • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 1 $9.99
Pencil Grips, Vetoo Pencil Grips for Kids Handwriting, Pencil Grip Posture Correction Training Writing Aids Claw for Adults Kids Preschoolers Students Special Needs (12PCS Random Color) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
JellyBeadZ Brand - Kids Tactile Sensory Experience - 3 Color-Blue-Water Bead Gel 3 - 10 Gram Packs. BeadZ Only • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Water Beads Ocean Tactile Sensory Experience - 4 Colors Sensory Beads Water Sensory Bags- 8,000ct • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95

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