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Mrs. Merricks from Raleigh NC is requesting Sports & Exercise Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Outdoor Sensory Stations for Students with Autism

My students need very frequent sensory input to help with some of their sensory processing challenges. We are looking to create outdoor sensory stations with manipulatives in our sandbox and water table.

  • $192 goal

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My Students

I teach students in third through fifth grade with Autism in a self contained classroom. My students perform well below their designated grade level both academically and functionally, but despite this, they continue to achieve new things.

My phenomenal TAs and I are always challenged to think of creative ways to adapt teaching materials so that all students can access and understand the curriculum.

We use items such as adapted materials, schedules, and sensory input everyday to help our students learn and grow!

My Project

We are a year round school, so we thought it would be great to create some outdoor sensory academic, functional, and play based stations. Last year we created a 3 raised garden beds, and we are going to continue our garden this year.

In addition to the garden station, we will also have a sand station and a water station.

We have requested items such as water beads, kinetic sand, and funnels, shovels, buckets, and other toys for them to use in either sand or water. During these outdoor centers, we will be working on developing students communication and social skills in a play based, natural environment. We have also requested the 7 gallon pots as the base of a natural pole bean tepee that students will read under with their buddies.

We are very excited about creating outdoor stations to help our students learn and interact with their environment. Sensory integration help students with Autism engage in academic and play activities. Thank you so much for supporting my project!

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Trade 7 Gallon, Re-usable Square Nursery Pot, Case of 5 • Amazon Business $39.26 1 $39.26
Kids Sand Toys Set for Building on Beach or in Sandbox: Buckets, Tools, Molds, Toy Boat- 15 pc. • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand-and-Water Sifting Funnel • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
DNA Stress Ball by YoYa Toys- 3 Pack- Squeezing Stress Relief Ball- For Kids & Adults- Stress Squishy Toys For Autism, ADHD, Bad Habits & More- Risk-Free Sensory Rubber Ball • Amazon Business $12.97 1 $12.97
Sensory Sand Ultimate Set -- Over 3 Lbs of No Mess Magic Sand for Kids Toddlers • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Bath Toy, Fishing Floating Squirts Toy and Water Scoop With Organizer Bag(8 Pack), Funcorn Toys Fish Net Game in Bathtub Bathroom Pool Bath Time for Kids Toddler Baby Boys Girls, Bath Tub Spoon • Amazon Business $11.48 1 $11.48
Small World Toys Express (Double Sand Wheel)(colors will vary) • Amazon Business $10.71 1 $10.71
20,000 Rainbow Colored Magic Water Bead Mix, Orbeez Spa Refill, Sensory Tactile Toy, Vase Filler & Party Decoration by Big Mo's Toys • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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