Classroom Want List

Infants

  • Large, “body length” pillows and pillowcases
  • Plastic measuring cups
  • Plastic measuring spoons
  • Brightly colored washcloths
  • One or two crib-sized mattresses or futons in good condition
  • Any shaker-type musical instruments (fun-shaped vegetables, animals, etc.)
  • World music cd’s
  • Classical music cd’s (Beethoven is a hit)
  • Folk music cd’s
  • Chamber music cd’s
  • Boppees in great condition
  • Dustbuster-type hand-held vacuum
  • Mesh laundry bags for running toys thru the dishwasher

Toddlers

  • Simple puzzles w/latches, locks, zippers or fun-to-open components
  • Large blocks
  • Photo-quality printer
  • Board books
  • Futon – twin size
  • CDs – Children’s music
  • Sturdy baby doll bed (2)
  • Small riding toys for bike room
  • Balls – all sizes
  • Vehicles for sandbox (smaller rather than big ones in playground)
  • Larger animals for sandbox
  • Cones (construction-type) for outside or bike room play
  • Carpet squares (carpet samples)
  • Drums (bongo, tom tom, large gathering-type)
  • Long rectangular scarves
  • Small maracas
  • Small cymbals & finger cymbals (8)
  • Assorted shakers, rainsticks
  • Xylophone
  • Rhythm sticks

Preschoolers

  • Puzzles (large floor, small table top, ages 2-5)
  • Small manipulatives
  • Dress-up costumes in good condition
  • “Hot Wheels” cars
  • Matching/memory games
  • Simple games (non-competitive if possible, ages 3-5)
  • Child-sized furniture for dramatic play areas/book areas (soft couches or chairs)
  • Small manipulatives for building
  • Tinker toys
  • Materials for baby play area (bibs, diaper wraps, etc.)
  • Canvas/cloth for painting on
  • Tent for dramatic play
  • Real woodworking materials (goggles, gloves, real tools, real work bench, etc.)
  • Scarves for dancing
  • Measuring tapes (cloth seamstress-type)
  • Scales – any type
  • Measuring cups and spoons – plastic
  • Dolls with clothes
  • World music CDs
  • Yarn & String

Dramatic Play

  • old colanders
  • child-sized aprons
  • recipe box/recipe cards
  • pots/pans
  • small plastic spice containers
  • take out menus
  • cook books with easy recipes
  • empty powder bottles (washed out please)
  • stickers or address labels
  • date stamps
  • lab coats
  • height/weight charts
  • small clipboards
  • child-sized gardening gloves
  • fishing hats/fishing vests
  • small tent