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Ms. Smith from Fairfax CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Serious Play in a Diverse Classroom

My students need diverse play materials that represent their different experiences.

  • $497 goal

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My Students

My group is a multi-age Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten/First Grade class, with a wide range of abilities, strengths, and challenges. My students are diverse in other ways as well: two-thirds of my students speak at least 2 languages, more than half of them qualify as low-income, and they represent many different skin tones.

They need lots of opportunities to engage in imaginative play, and create age-appropriate open-ended art.

They are active and like to experience science in our nearby Open Space. They love to sing together in class every day and share wonderful stories.

And they love to make and play. "Family" interactions at the doll house; construction with the Legos and blocks; dress-up with the costumes. But with a diverse group of students, I need a range of baby dolls, and a painting set-up where they can see their individual skin tones represented.

My Project

My students will love to play with the baby dolls that represent some of our classmates: Hispanic, Asian, and African American. They will also enjoy the easel with different skin-color tempera paints. When we represent children as they are, with toys and with paints, we give the message that we all look different and that's OK. We acknowledge that, which leads to tolerance and acceptance.

Brain science shows that PLAY helps with social, emotional, and motor development, and play also makes the brain bigger, more attuned, and more connected.

Because many of my students are English Learners, play also gives them more opportunities to practice speaking in low-risk situations, which will benefit their academic learning in the future.

Ms. Smith
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECR4Kids Double-Sided Birch Hardwood Art Easel Dry-Erase Board with Storage (2-Station) • Amazon Business $196.78 1 $196.78
Colorations SWT16 Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paint - 16 oz. (Pack of 11) • Amazon Business $52.76 1 $52.76
Colorations 10WPC No-Spill White Lid Paint Cups (Pack of 10) • Amazon Business $25.81 1 $25.81
Sax Versatemp Heavy-Bodied Multicultural Tempera Paint, Assorted Colors, Set of 8 • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99
JC Toys, La Baby Hispanic 16-inch Washable Soft Body Blue Play Doll - For Children 2 Years Or Older, Designed by Berenguer • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
JC Toys, La Baby African American 16-inch Washable Soft Body Purple Play Doll - For Children 2 Years Or Older, Designed by Berenguer • Amazon Business $19.70 1 $19.70
JC Toys La Baby Asian 16-inch Washable Soft Body Pink Play Doll - For Children 2 Years Or Older, Designed by Berenguer • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99

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