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Mrs. Brusky from Green Bay WI is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tinker Tubs and Process Art

My students need a variety of STEAM materials for daily "tinker tubs" as well as consumable art supplies to create open-ended process art.

  • $673 goal

This project expired on October 25, 2018.

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My Students

I am the proud teacher of a morning and afternoon class of four-year old kindergarten students. My students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and at times it can be difficult to find activities that will reach them all in a meaningful way. They spend their first year in school learning early academics and social-emotional skills to help them be respectful and responsible students.

My four and five year old students learn through a play-based curriculum that allows them to be curious, creative, and conscious in the classroom.

I love teaching the littlest learners in our school! My students are eager to come to school and enthusiastic about discovering and exploring new things. I strive to give my students meaningful experiences to create a love of learning that will stick with them throughout their educational career.

My Project

I am requesting a variety of manipulatives and other STEAM materials to be used for "tinker tubs" which students will use independently at the beginning of the day and throughout the year during center time. These tubs allow students to make a meaningful connection to our focus unit while giving them the hands-on opportunity to re-evaluate, re-design, and re-think problems with open-ended play and exploration. I am requesting funds for bear matching and sorting manipulatives to help students sort by color; nuts and bolts manipulatives to introduce shape matching and reinforce fine motor skills. Mini erasers in a variety of thematic shapes will be used as counters, and place markers in math and literacy activities. Students will use alphabet beads and lacing cords, alphabet stamps in kinetic sand to build words. They will also be challenged to build different objects using colorful interlocking STEAM discs.

At times, students are able to explore the materials any way they choose, while other times will be asked to complete a task - in turn strengthening fine and gross motor skills, experiencing risk-taking and problem-solving skills, sensory exploration, and of course aiding in creativity and self-expression.

Additionally, I am requesting a number of different consumable items to be used for art projects throughout the year, specifically process art. Process art is all about the experience students have while they're creating. It allows children to be themselves, and create what they want in an open-ended way, without following a specific set of directions. With 2 classes of 20 students each, we go through a lot of consumable items so I am requesting funds for washable fingerpaints; tissue paper; pipe cleaners; pony beads; liquid watercolors; brightly colored paper; do-a-dot markers; and colorful trays to display materials for student use.

Mrs. Brusky
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Elmer’s 1680 CrayonPro Electric Sharpener • Amazon Business $32.99 1 $32.99
Primary Pearl Colors 6 x 9mm Plastic Craft Pony Beads, 6 Bags Variety Pack, 6 Colors (about 3000 beads), Beads Kit Gift Set • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Lumax LX-1715 Silver 47" x 25" x 1/2" Galvanized Drip Pan • Amazon Business $26.32 1 $26.32
Color Splash! Liquid Watercolor 8oz. (set of 10) • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Creative Kids Flakes – 1400 Piece Interlocking Plastic Disc Set for Safe, Fun, Creative Building – Educational STEM Construction Toy for Boys & Girls - Non Toxic – Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $24.98 1 $24.98
Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups, Bear Counters and Dice Math Bears Game 70pc Set • Amazon Business $21.97 1 $21.97
Learning Resources Magnetic Letter Construction Set • Amazon Business $20.45 1 $20.45
Wausau Astrobrights 24# Writing Paper, 500 count, Warm Assortment, 8.5 x 11 Inch (20272) • Amazon Business $20.06 1 $20.06
Learning Resources Alphabet Acorns Activity Set, 78 Pieces • Amazon Business $19.29 1 $19.29
Crayola Washable FingerPaints, 6 Count 8 oz. • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Set of 4 Assorted Colors Black Duck Chip N Dip Hard Plastic 14-Inch Round 7-Section Serving Trays! • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Creativity Street Alphabet Beads, Uppercase, 288-Pack • Amazon Business $17.76 1 $17.76
Foaming Soap Dispensers 8.5oz/250ml Capacity (8 pack); Oval with White Pumps Empty Plastic Liquid Soap Pump Bottles to Use with Castile Soap, DIY Liquid Soap, Dish Soap, Body Wash and More • Amazon Business $16.95 1 $16.95
Do A Dot Art! Markers 6-Pack Rainbow Washable Paint Markers, The Original Dot Marker • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Skoolzy Nuts and Bolts Fine Motor Skills Occupational Therapy Toddler Toys - Montessori Building Construction Kids Matching Game for Preschoolers - Jumbo 24 pc Set with Backpack & Activity Download • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb/89 gsm, Fireball Fuchsia, 500 Sheets (21688) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Educational Insights Alphabet Rubber Stamps - Lowercase 5/8" • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Wausau Astrobrights 24# Writing Paper, 500 count, Cool Assortment, 8.5 x 11 Inch (20274) • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
100 CT Primary Colored (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Light blue, Purple, Magenta, Black, White), 17GSM ( thick, durable & crispy) Premium Quality TISSUE PAPER (Primary) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
National Geographic Sparkling Play Sand - 2 LBS of Shimmering Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Blue) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
National Geographic Sparkling Play Sand - 2 LBS of Shimmering Sand with Castle Molds and Tray (Purple) - A Kinetic Sensory Activity • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Soft 'N Style Clear Spray Bottle 16 oz. (Pack of 6) • Amazon Business $11.50 1 $11.50
VELCRO Brand - Sticky Back Hook & Loop Fastener, 3/4" Coins, 200 Sets, White • Amazon Business $11.49 1 $11.49
Pistha 400Pcs Pipe Cleaners Chenille Stem 6mm x 12 Inch Reusable Craft Bendable Twistable Children Puzzle Kindergarten Handmade DIY Art Supplies Home Decor Assorted Colors Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $11.39 1 $11.39
Fun Express Mini Insect Erasers, 144 Count • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Christmas Erasers 144ct • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Learning Resources Jumbo Tweezers Set Of 12 • Amazon Business $10.69 1 $10.69
Educational Insights Alphabet Rubber Stamps - Uppercase 5/8" • Amazon Business $10.39 1 $10.39
Pony Beads Multi Color 9mm 1000 Pcs in Bag (2) • Amazon Business $9.10 1 $9.10
Krazy Straws (Pack of 2) for Children's Party Tableware, Birthdays, Daycare, Picnics, or Baby Showers • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
Teenitor 3ML Plastic Transfer Pipettes Eye Dropper Pack of 150 - Essential Oils Pipettes Dropper Makeup Tool • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Magnefic! Magnetic Squares, 1 tape sheet of 70 magnetic squares (each 20x20x2mm), magnet on one side, self adhesive on the other side. Perfect for fridge organisation, DIY art project, vision board • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Holiday Erasers (60 Pcs) - Basic School Supplies & Erasers & Pencil Toppers • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Pepperell Creative Beading Cords, 45-Inch, Assorted Colors, 12 Per Package • Amazon Business $5.76 1 $5.76

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