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Ms. Zenor
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

Thomas the Train - The Unofficial Mascot for Autism

My students need Thomas the Tank Engine Toys. They are all obsessed with these characters and Thomas is the unofficial mascot for autism.

My Students

Help us build something! Students with autism struggle greatly with fine motor tasks and it can be difficult to engage them in activities to strengthen their abilities. A train set might be exactly what they need.

I teach a class of 7 autistic first graders in inner city Philadelphia.

One is a girl and the rest are boys. All of whom are obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine. I've heard from other autistic support teachers that Thomas is the unofficial mascot for autism, and in my experience it makes a lot of sense. Like many young boys, my students are fascinated by mechanics and transportation. Their visual/spacial and mathematical gifts lend themselves well to understanding the intricacies of building large scale train models.

My Project

I am asking for a full wooden track set that is compatible with several characters from the Thomas the Train series. I am completely confident that my kids will be overwhelmed with excitement about this new toy. They will play with it endlessly (within reason, of course) and gain fine motor control without ever knowing it.

A Thomas the Train Engine Set will have a huge impact on my class.

Not only will they be thrilled to have a new toy in the room, but it will be the BEST TOY EVER by far. They will be able to utilize fine motor skills, teamwork and sharing (all relevant to their IEP goals) without ever knowing that Thomas is actually teaching them something.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Deluxe 100 Piece Wooden Train Track Expansion Pack Set Generic Fits Thomas Brio • Amazon $44.99 1 $44.99
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Emily • Amazon $17.22 1 $17.22
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway - Percy The Small Engine • Amazon $14.94 1 $14.94
Thomas Wooden Railway - Thomas The Tank Engine • Amazon $12.09 1 $12.09
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway - Lights & Sounds James • Amazon $11.95 1 $11.95

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