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Mrs. Allen from W Lafayette IN is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEMulating Young Brains Through Creation and Exploration

My students need hands-on, engaging materials like marble runs, LEGOs, KNEX, playstix, reptangles and more that will allow them to learn through exploration and creation.

  • $390 goal

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My Students

"When do we get to play?" This is something that kindergarten teachers hear all too often. As the bar is continually raised and the expectations reach levels once thought unreachable, we are struggling to find a balance between pushing our students to succeed and allowing them time to just be five year olds.

I teach a wonderfully diverse group of 19 kindergartners, who are eager to soak up everything we introduce to them.

We have the unique opportunity to house several nationalities and both extremes of the socioeconomic status. However, no matter the background, all students desire the freedom to learn through exploration. And, it is my goal to give them that opportunity.

My Project

Kindergarten is a whole new world compared to what we experienced so many years ago. Where we used to be able to learn though play and socialization, we now have state requirements to fulfill and mandated curriculum to teach.

What happened to giving our students time to learn through exploration and creation?

That is exactly what we plan to do! Each morning we want to give our students an opportunity to come into the classroom and experience the freedom to create and explore through a variety of hands on materials that masks itself as play.

Through using materials such as Reptangles, Playstix, Legos, Tinker Toys, and Kynex, students are able to use their imaginations to create and build. They are using beginning engineering skills, while just enjoying the time to create.

Students will need to use all parts of their brain as they work their way through a variety of literacy and creation based stations.

We can not wait to see the joy in our students' faces as they start their days with something that is both engaging and educational.

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

This project will reach 19 students.

7 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fat Brain Toys Reptangles • Amazon Business $27.95 2 $55.90
LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 • Amazon Business $48.00 1 $48.00
K’NEX 100 Model Building Set – 863 Pieces – Ages 7+ Engineering Educational Toy • Amazon Business $45.46 1 $45.46
Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set - 85 Translucent Marbulous Pieces + 15 Glass Marbles • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Goobi 110 Piece Construction Set with Instruction Booklet | STEM Learning | Assorted Rainbow colors • Amazon Business $37.00 1 $37.00
Popular Playthings Playstix Deluxe Set (211 pieces) • Amazon Business $36.89 1 $36.89
Straws and Connectors Building and Construction Set, Includes 720 Pcs and FREE Storage container • Amazon Business $32.99 1 $32.99

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