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Mrs. Hishmeh from West Allis WI is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

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Help me give my students the chance to play, socialize, and use their hands to explore new objects with sensory bin play.

  • $697 goal

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My Students

I teach preschool in a low income/high poverty school. Our school is made up of all types of students, and we are at 100% free and reduced lunch rate. Each day is an adventure, and I encourage my students to try their hardest, be kind and thoughtful toward one another, and support their classmates, despite the challenges they face at home.

I am a very lucky teacher because my students are experiencing school for the very first time, and I get to foster their love for learning!

I have the littlest learners (the 4 year olds) in our building, and they are eager, excited, and full of energy! They love to read, play, tell stories, and explore the things around them. I enjoy finding new ways to help my students learn and love to help them celebrate their successes, big or small, every day.

My Project

Sensory bins are awesome hands-on tools for children to learn about their world and their senses! Sensory play may calm a child, focus a child, and engage a child.

Sensory bins let a child explore, discover and create play using practical life skills (dumping, filling, scooping) and learn valuable play skills.

The shovels, tongs, funnels, and buckets will help with these practical life skills.

Great for both social play and independent play, sensory bins allow children to play cooperatively or side by side. Sensory bins increase language development from experiencing with their hands all there is to see and do which leads to great conversations and opportunities to model language. I plan on changing the sensory bin once a month, so many of the items are specific for each month. For example, I would like to use many of the items on the list for an April garden sensory bin. The black beans will be used as fillers and the caterpillars, butterflies, pinwheels, insects and flowers will be used for pretend play and imagination. The kids garden tool set will help the kids understand how to maintain and use specific tools in the garden I will also put some of the metal pots, spoons and shovels in the sensory bin for the students to dig, dump, and stir the black beans. Each month will bring a new sensory bin into the classroom with a new filler, new buckets, spoons and measuring materials, and new little things to create with. All of the items I plan on using are coming from the list of resources on my project. I am excited to see how these sensory bins will encourage great conversations and social play among my students.

Mrs. Hishmeh
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
• Amazon Business $28.99 2 $57.98
Melissa & Doug Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Pretend Play Kitchen Set for Kids (8 pcs), Multicolor, 1 • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Dried Black Beans 10 LB by AIVA • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
ORANGE Snow Plow Salt Truck 6" Diecast Metal model Swivel Plow Toy Boys & Girls • Amazon Business $11.95 2 $23.90
Menchies Little Kids Figures Playset - Little Kids Community Play Figures - Little Figures for Preschool or Toddlers - Includes Fireman and Policeman Figures -Great Gift for Toddlers • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Learning Resources LER3361 Wild About Animals Jungle Counters • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Vremi 5-Piece Bamboo Kitchen Utensil Set - Wooden Spoons and Cooking Utensils with Colorful SIlicone Handles - Nonstick Spatula Turner Mixing Forked and Slotted Wood Spoons with BPA Free Hanging Holes • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Pack of 2 Safari Ltd Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly Bundled by Maven Gifts • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Learning Resources Domestic Pets Counters, Set of 72 • Amazon Business $18.35 1 $18.35
Learning Resources Mini Motors Counting and Sorting Fun Set, Set of 72 • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
Pony Beads Multi Color 9mm 1000 Pcs in Bag • Amazon Business $5.59 3 $16.77
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 $15.00 1 $15.00
Fun Express Under The Sea Plastic Sea Life Creatures (90 Pieces)-Ocean Party Theme Favors and Decorations, Craft Supplies, Classroom Supplies • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Melissa & Doug Wooden Vehicles and Traffic Signs With 6 Cars and 9 Signs • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Perfect Stix Cotton Balls M-500ct Medium Sized Cotton Balls (Pack of 500) • Amazon Business $6.99 2 $13.98
Learning Resources Friendly Farm Animal Counters, 72 pieces • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Learning Resources All About Me Family Counters • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Safari Ltd Safariology the Life Cycle of a Chicken • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
US Toy Mini Butterflies Action Figure (12 Pack) • Amazon Business $12.40 1 $12.40
Safari Ltd Flowers TOOB • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Safari Ltd. TOOB – Antarctica – Realistic Hand Painted Toy Figurine Model – Quality Construction from Phthalate, Lead and BPA Free Materials – For Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Fonder Mols Unpainted Natural Round Blank Wood Slices (1.6"-2", Pack of 50) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
US Toy Small Pinwheel Party Favor Decorations - Set of 12 • Amazon Business $11.84 1 $11.84
Learning Resources Twisty Droppers • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Kate Aspen, Heart Favor Container, Gift Box, Clear Plastic, Set of 12 • Amazon Business $10.67 1 $10.67
HINMAY Mini Tongs With Silicone Tips 7-Inch Serving Tongs - Set of 3 - small Tongs for BBQ, Salad, Grilling, Cooking, Appetizers and Food Serving (Green Red Blue) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Colorful Mini Fruits & Vegetables Tiny Foods Miniature Pencil Erasers for Children Party Favors, Classroom Student Prize Packs, School Supplies, Toys & Games (12 Mini Bags, 48 Erasers Total) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Safari Ltd Life Cycle of a Frog • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98
Safari Ltd Insects TOOB – Comes With 14 Toy Figurines – Including Caterpillar, Dragonfly, Centipede, Grasshopper, Ladybug, Spider, Butterflies, Bee, Scorpion, Praying Mantis, And More – Ages 3 And Up • Amazon Business $9.90 1 $9.90
Rhode Island Novelty 144 Washable Plastic Beer Pong Balls 1 Gross • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
TKOnline 100Pcs 10cm 0.1-0.2 Inch in Diameter Wood Log Sticks for DIY Crafts Photo Props • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
Safari Ltd Life Cycle of a Green Bean Plant • Amazon Business $8.59 1 $8.59
Newbested 5 PCS 5 inch Mini Silicone Tongs,Ice Tongs,Food Tongs Sugar Tongs,Best Kitchen Gadgets • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Toysmith Kid's 3-Piece Garden Tool Set • Amazon Business $7.73 1 $7.73
Yexpress 12pcs Halloween Toy Mini Candy Kettles Plastic Candy Holder, Witch Kettles • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Learning Advantage Steel-Ringed, Transparent Plastic Counters - Great for Kindergarten • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
US Toy Assorted Color Neon Caterpillar Toy Animal Figures (Lot of 12) • Amazon Business $5.84 1 $5.84
St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Plastic Cookie Cutters, 3 Ct. | Party Accessory • Amazon Business $4.82 1 $4.82

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