New Grant Program Rewards Creative Use of Toys in the Classroom

Toy maker Playmobil has launched a new grant program for elementary school teachers. The Playmobil Grants for Teachers program will award cash prizes and product awards for lesson plans that encourage classroom creativity.

According to Playmobil, the grant program will reward teachers for lesson plans that inspire creativity and that are easy to implement. Criteria for winning entries will also include originality and educational content. Lesson plans can be up to two pages in length and should include objectives, grade level, procedures, requirements, and results. A Playmobil play set should be the "primary demonstration tool in the lesson." Entries should also include a letter detailing how the awards would benefit students.

In total, 22 prizes will be awarded, including $1,400 cash grants and $3,175 in toys.

The grant program is open to all K-3 teachers teaching at an accredited school in the United States. The entry period is now through Nov. 15.

Further information about the grant program, including a PDF with full entry requirements and prize information, can be found here.

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