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Mrs. Crowley from Roanoke VA is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Sensational Sensory Supplies: Hands-On Learning for Children with Special Needs

Help me give my students sensory tables and materials to promote exploration, experimentation and hands-on learning!

  • $774 goal

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My Students

I teach special education preschool in a public elementary school. My students are 2-5 years old and have a wide range of abilities. The majority of my students come from low income homes and have multiple risk factors. More than half of my students have disabilities, including developmental delays, Autism, ADHD, sensory issues and anxiety. Because my students' needs are so diverse, differentiation and a wide range of age appropriate materials are critical to their success.

Despite all of the challenges they face each day, my students are the sweetest children in the world and they deserve the very best!

I want to provide a quality learning environment and help them develop the essential skills they will need for kindergarten and on. This means addressing all domains of their development, most importantly social/emotional skills, self-regulation and self-awareness.

My Project

Sensory play is extremely important for young children, especially those with disabilities. Providing a variety of sensory materials, including sand, play dough, finger paint and beads, allows children to learn about their senses, math skills (volume, quantity, addition, and subtraction), cause/effect and experimentation. I chose these materials to give my students experiences with different textures and mediums. These materials can be used independently during free choice centers, in small group instruction and team building collaboration activities.

Sensory activities can also be used as a calming strategy for children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism and Anxiety disorders.

In addition to all the educational and developmental benefits, sensory play is FUN and ENGAGING for young children. Please consider helping me provide these opportunities for my amazing students!

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Assorted Colors Sand and Water Adjustable Activity Play Table Center with Lids, Square (2-Station) • Amazon Business $91.97 2 $183.94
IRIS USA, Inc. TB-42 Stackable Clear Storage Box, 6 Pack, 12 Quart, 6 Stack and Pull • Amazon Business $20.69 3 $62.07
DOUGH MODELING 3.3 LBS TUBS ST/6 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $40.39 1 $40.39
WIKKI STIX BIG COUNT BOX KIT • School Specialty $32.65 1 $32.65
KIT THERAPY PLAY SAND 50 LBS WHITE • School Specialty $28.39 1 $28.39
PP670 - Foam Sensory Paint - 5-Color Set • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors, Non-Toxic, Assorted Colors, 3-Ounce Cans (Amazon Exclusive) • Amazon Business $22.84 1 $22.84
SHAPE IT! SAND GREEN 5LBS • School Specialty $22.71 1 $22.71
Play-Doh Assorted Tools Schoolpack (Pack of 100) • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
CLASSIC COLORED SAND 10 LBS PURPLE • School Specialty $16.96 1 $16.96
CLASSIC COLORED SAND 10 LBS BLUE • School Specialty $16.96 1 $16.96
BA790 - Texture Brushes • Lakeshore Learning Materials $14.99 1 $14.99
RICE COLORED BAG OF 1LB • School Specialty $7.31 2 $14.62
POM PONS ASSORTED SIZE/COLOR SET OF 1200 • School Specialty $14.48 1 $14.48
Educational Insights Playfoam Shape & Learn Alphabet Set • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
BEADS 3 LB BUCKET ASSORTED - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $10.93 1 $10.93
EASY GRIP JUMBO TWEEZERS SET OF 12 • School Specialty $10.86 1 $10.86
WikkiStix Basic Shapes Creative Fun Kit with Molding & Sculpting Sticks • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Learning Resources Handy Scoopers • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
WikkiStix Alphabet Fun Cards for Learning • Amazon Business $7.43 1 $7.43
CRAFT FLUFFS WHITE PACK OF 100 • School Specialty $3.68 2 $7.36
CLAY TOOLS SET OF 5 • School Specialty $4.39 1 $4.39

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