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Mrs. Houser from Hampton VA is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Purposeful Play: Welcome to the Day

My students need opportunities for play and exploration that gently welcome them into their school day. The items I have chosen allow my students endless opportunities to build, talk and share.

  • $183 goal

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My Students

Welcome to the land of learners. I share it with my sweet second graders. They come with a variety of backgrounds all of which help build our classroom community. My children love to share ideas and lend each other a helping hand. Their curiosity is endless and is ready to be sparked.

Worksheets don't ignite learners, but play does.

Play allows students to thrive in a non-threatening environment. Children can help each other acquire new skills and new ideas. Creativity must be cultivated. It is not something that just happens. It has to be played with and visited each day. A play centered morning ensures my children's creativity is being nurtured. They will grow their kindness, collaboration, communication, and creativity with playful spirits.

My Project

When I arrive at work I like to have casual conversations with my friends. It allows me time to build relationships and start my day with a peaceful heart and smiley face. I want to create mornings like this for my children. So often they are rushed to begin on a worksheet. Some finish in a flash. Some cannot complete it. All of them are quiet, bored and disengaged.

Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research." We owe children time to explore what they are learning in playful ways.

I want to make sure their playful nature is honored. Starting our day with play will allow my classroom to build community. This is why I have selected the products listed below. Tinker toys allow time to create worlds that they can then talk and write about. The yoga cards will allow my kinesthetic students a chance to move and calm themselves. Silly sentences allows for playful interactions with language and reading. I have chosen each item to reach a multitude of learners and morning moods. They will learn to share, collaborate, and communicate with all of the resources asked for in this project.

Mrs. Houser
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TINKERTOY ‒ 100 Piece Essentials Value Set ‒ Ages 3+ Preschool Education Toy • Amazon Business $35.09 1 $35.09
Educational Insights Phonics Dominoes - Blends & Digraphs • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Guidecraft Interlox Squares - 96 Piece Set Interlocking Construction Toy • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
YOGI FUN Kids Yoga Cards Kit with Illustrations, Rhyming Poems, Birthday Activity and 2 DIY Dice • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Bananagrams • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
DK Games: Silly Sentences • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Think Fun Math Dice Junior Game for Boys and Girls Age 6 and Up - Teachers Favorite and Toy of the Year Nominee • Amazon Business $6.79 1 $6.79

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