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Ms. Merdkhanian from Jamaica Plain MA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Make, Play, Create!

Help me give my students materials like books, blocks, art materials, and gross motor materials.

  • $1,033 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My 3, 4, and 5-year-old students are curious, kind, lively, and determined. The diversity in our classroom reflects that of our beautiful city. We have students of so many ethnicity learning here, as well as students of varying abilities. Some are native English speakers and some are still learning how to speak. Our classroom speaks many languages and we represent even more countries and cultures.

My students are so full of wonder- they are writers, artists, tinkerers, scientists, and thinkers.

Their engagement and joy inspire me every day.

My Project

The early childhood years are essential for encouraging exploration, creativity, language, and of course- a love of learning! Each day, there's a 60-minute block of time called "centers," which my colleagues and I believe is the most essential part of our schedule. It is during center time that deep, experiential learning happens. There are opportunities to create art, write, build, practice literacy skills, and STEM skills. By providing my students with beautiful materials to explore, they will feel encouraged to touch, play, and learn. These materials include the Magna-Tiles, blocks, beads, and the multi-use builder board. The possibilities are endless when the children are given open-ended materials to work with.

We will read books together that not only provide visual inspiration to create but also highlight role models who made an impact on the creative world.

The role models include people who may represent minorities or groups that have been marginalized in the past.

Ms. Merdkhanian
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Extra Large 12-Piece Rainbow Tunnel Stacker Toy in Pastel Colors - Wooden Nesting Puzzle for Creative Sculpture Building • Amazon Business $104.95 1 $104.95
Grimm's Color Charts Rally Building Blocks Set • Amazon Business $94.00 1 $94.00
Magna Tiles 40Piece Freestyle Set, The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles, Creativity & Educational, Stem Approved, Clear Colors & Translucent (Pack of 40) • Amazon Business $74.22 1 $74.22
funny supply Wooden Balance Board Wobbel Balance Board Kid Yoga Board Curvy Board - Waldorf Wooden Rocker Board with Light Grey Color Felt Layer • Amazon Business $69.99 1 $69.99
Magna-Qubix 29-Piece Clear Colors Set – The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic 3D Building Shapes – Creativity and Educational – STEM Approved • Amazon Business $28.98 2 $57.96
KAPLA 100 Octocolor Case • Amazon Business $50.00 1 $50.00
QZM Counting Shape Stacker Wooden Count Sort Stacking Tower with Wood Colorful Number Shape Math Blocks for Kids Preschool Educational Toddlers Toy Age 3+ • Amazon Business $24.59 2 $49.18
{150 Piece Set} Wooden Castle Building Blocks Set FAO SCHWARZ Toy Solid Pine Wood Block Playset Kit for Kids, Toddlers, Boys, and Girls, Fantasy Medieval Knights and Princesses with Bridges and Arches • Amazon Business $44.95 1 $44.95
Elongdi 130 Pieces - Magnetic Building Sticks Building Blocks Set, Magnet Educational Toys Magnetic Blocks Sticks Stacking Toys Set, Non-Toxic Building Toy 3D Puzzle with Storage Bag • Amazon Business $19.95 2 $39.90
Magna Tiles 8-Piece Polygons Expansion Set – The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles – Creativity and Educational – STEM Approved • Amazon Business $19.66 2 $39.32
Magna Tiles 8-Piece Rectangles Expansion Set – The Original, Award-Winning Magnetic Building Tiles – Creativity and Educational – STEM Approved • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Little People, BIG DREAMS: Women in Art • Amazon Business $24.90 1 $24.90
Animalium: Welcome to the Museum • Amazon Business $23.80 1 $23.80
Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking • Amazon Business $22.14 1 $22.14
Little People, BIG DREAMS: Women in Science • Amazon Business $20.37 1 $20.37
Pastel Rainbow Mushrooms for Sorting, Stacking, Building & Playing Games • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
National Parks of the USA • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
Quefe 300pcs Round Polymer Clay Beads Assorted Colorful Pattern Handmade Loose Beads with 50pcs Spacer Beads and Crystal String for Kids Jewelry Making (10mm) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles • Amazon Business $11.10 1 $11.10
Home • Amazon Business $11.00 1 $11.00
A Walk in the Forest • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Letter Beads For Jewelry Making Alphabet Beads For Kids Kandi Beads 750 Pieces 5 Colors Bead Accessories For Jewelry Making With 2 Beading Cords • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
YUEAON Wholesale 200pcs 10mm Natural Painted Wood Beads Round Loose Wooden Bead Bulk Lots Ball for Jewelry Making Craft Hair DIY Macrame Rosary Bracelet Necklace Mix Color • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99

Materials cost

$835.17

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$12.53

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$877.70

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$154.89

Total project goal

$1,032.59

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,032.59

11 Donors

-$512.00

Donations toward project cost

-$442.70

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$69.30

Matching donations from our partners

-$511.76

Match offers toward project cost

-$435.00

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$76.76

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.82

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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