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Ms. Spellman from Washington DC is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Playing to Learn

Help me give my students the opportunity to express themselves and learn through play with a Lite Brite, toy storage organizer, balls, trains, cars, and other items.

  • $578 goal

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My Students

My students are social, energetic, and anxious to express their individuality. They have various behavioral challenges and disabilities that requires behavioral support. They love school and are eager to learn.

The primary intervention utilized with younger students consist of some form of play.

Play gives nonverbal or verbally challenged students the opportunity to express their feelings and tell their stories. My students may have speech delays, intellectual challenges, come from Spanish speaking homes or are simply too young to form verbal expression. Non-verbal expression through play gives the students an outlet and the chance to tell how they feel in a way that is most comfortable and natural for their age.

My students want to learn, and they want to behave in class. Having the opportunity and ability to convey their thoughts, feelings and emotions plays an enormous part in their success.

My Project

My project will allow my verbally challenged students the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings through play.

Children, learning and play go hand and hand.

Play is our initial form of self-expression and is utilized throughout life. It opens up and expands expressive choice and gives children the ability to decide how they want to tell their story.

The books, cars, trains, games and toys will give my students the chance to do what comes naturally, while learning, improving and demonstrating self-expressive skills.

Children are most free when they are allowed to engage in age-appropriate play activities. When they cannot find the words to express how they feel the ideal play activity can be worth 1000 words. The character in a book, a doll, or the ability to draw and color can convey more than they could ever put into words.

Ms. Spellman
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MAGDESIGNER Kids' Toys Storage Organizer Bins Baskets with Wheels Can Move Everywhere Large 4 Baskets Natural/Primary (Primary Collection) (Purple&Blue&Orange&Green) • Amazon Business $59.90 1 $59.90
Pete the Cat's Super Cool Reading Collection (5 Books), 14.5” Plush Toy & Matching Game Gift Set • Amazon Business $54.95 1 $54.95
LEGO Classic Creative Building Box Set 10704 • Amazon Business $39.94 1 $39.94
Office Chair Mat for Carpeted Floors | Desk Chair Mat for Carpet | Clear PVC Mat in Different Thicknesses and Sizes for Every Pile Type | Medium-Pile 30"x48" • Amazon Business $36.89 1 $36.89
Beadeez! Ultimate Stress Relief Squeezing Balls 3-Pack for Kids & Adults | Premium Anti-Stress Squishy Balls with Water Beads | Alleviate Tension, Anxiety & Improve Focus | ADHD Sensory Toys Gift Set • Amazon Business $15.99 2 $31.98
Creative Ways to Help Children Manage BIG Feelings: A Therapist's Guide to Working with Preschool and Primary Children • Amazon Business $29.11 1 $29.11
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696 • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Play22 Wooden Train Set 12 PCS - Train Toys Magnetic Set Includes 3 Engines - Toy Train Sets For Kids Toddler Boys And Girls - Compatible With Thomas Train Set Tracks And Major Brands - Original • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
1.5” Mesh Squish Ball Key Ring – 24 Pieces Mini Stress Orbs - Loot Bag Fillers, Luggage Keychain, School Rewards, Game Prizes, Teacher Supplies, Health & Wellness, Locker Hanging Ornament, Gift Ideas • Amazon Business $24.89 1 $24.89
The CBT Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians • Amazon Business $20.11 1 $20.11
Being A Friend - A Kid's Guide To Friendship - * Mom's Choice Award * • Amazon Business $17.95 1 $17.95
My Moods, My Choices Flipbook for Kids; 20 Different Moods/Emotions; Help Kids Identify Feelings and Make Positive Choices; Laminated Pages • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
24 Colorful Emoji Stress Balls - Squishy, Squeezable Fidget Toy for Kids - High-Quality Materials for Lasting Use - Cool Squeeze Balls Improve Anxiety and ADHD - Great Party Favors or Classroom Toys • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic • Amazon Business $14.97 1 $14.97
Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack (Styles May Vary) • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79

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