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Ms. Smirk from Brooklyn NY is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Playing and Learning with Play-doh

My students need Play-doh, mats and different kinds of dough rollers and stamps to explore Play-dough with.

  • $332 goal

This project expired on January 23, 2015.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Every time I catch a whiff of the scent of Play-doh I get transported back to pleasant memories of my childhood. I want to provide my students with some of these memories.

Our school is in the heart of East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY.

The school includes students from Pre-k to eighth grade, and it is a melting pot of descendants from the West Indies. The school is in a high poverty area, and about 95% of the students in the school receive free lunch. There are 18 energetic, three and four year old children in my class but there are not a lot of funds to enrich these students' education because of the budget cuts

My Project

We all know that play dough is fun and popular with young children, but apart from making a mess what is it really good for? Here are the fabulous benefits of allowing kids to play with play dough and the many learning opportunities that happen along the way! The malleable properties of play dough make it fun for investigation and exploration as well as secretly building up strength in all the tiny hand muscles and tendons, making them ready for pencil and scissor control later on. As part of simple, tactile play it can be squashed, squeezed, rolled, flattened, chopped, cut, scored, raked, punctured, poked and shredded! Each one of these different actions aids fine motor development in a different way, not to mention hand-eye co ordination and general concentration. And as soon as you add another element to it, the list of benefits and creative play possibilities continues to grow! The play-doh, mats, rollers, scissors and stamps will help me provide these opportunities to my students.

By supporting this project you will be helping create the best possible Play-doh center my pre-kindergarten could possibly have.

This will be a center they will play and learn in.

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

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2 donors2 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 18 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
PLAYDOH MEGA PACK SET OF 36 • School Specialty $21.84 2 $43.68
Hammers & Rollers • Kaplan Early Learning Company $21.21 2 $42.42
Build & Play: Fun Dough Characters • Kaplan Early Learning Company $15.26 2 $30.52
LA278 - Uppercase Alphabet & Number Dough Stampers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 1 $29.99
Messy Mats (set of 5) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $13.56 2 $27.12
LA532 - Lowercase Alphabet Dough Stampers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
EA808 - Easy-Grip Dough Rollers • Lakeshore Learning Materials $9.99 2 $19.98
DOUGH SUPER TOOLS 3 PACK ASSORTMENT FOR PLAY-DOH • School Specialty $7.88 2 $15.76
DS344 - Dough Scissors - Set of 10 • Lakeshore Learning Materials $7.99 1 $7.99

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