Preschoolers love learning about Community Helpers.
Here are 10 preschool ideas for supporting your early learners enthusiasm for these important citizens!
1. Explore a Variety of Community Helpers
There are all kinds of community helpers to explore! Here is a list to get you started
2. Dramatic Play
Dramatic Play is my favorite way to celebrate and study Community Helpers.
Gather some simple props, Dramatic Play Printables and set the fun in motion.
Here are some of my favorites
A News Station puts preschoolers in the spotlight!
This is a fun and unique invitation that they are sure to love.
Preschoolers love to bake and cook.
A pretend Bakery is an engaging way to encourage preschoolers to practice social, reading, and writing skills.
Adding a variety of forms and signs to your Dramatic Play setup are helpful for authenticity and practicing a variety of skills.
What preschooler wouldn't love to pretend to be a Veterinarian in a Pet Clinic??
3. Share a Book
Be sure to have plenty of books about Community Helpers in your rotation.
Community Member Sheena W. invited the Community Nurse to come in and read books about health to her preschoolers. Many community helpers love volunteering in this way.
Find book picks for community helpers in my shop!
4. Engage in Learning Activities
Use the excitement of a Community Helpers theme to set up learning invitations!
Set out math & literacy activities that feature preschoolers favorite Community Helpers.
Practice positional phrases with a firefighter and his pup! Part of the PKPF Fire Safety Activity Pack
Practice number recognition and counting skills with a fun Post Office Theme.
This Community Helpers Sort activity explores a variety of community helpers and their tools/uniforms.
Engage your preschoolers in conversations about Community Helpers using this set of Community Helpers Conversation Cards as a support tool.
5. Take a Field Trip
Take a trip to see your favorite community helpers in action!
If a going out on a field trip isn't possible, bring the field trip to you with a virtual field trip! There are many to be found on youtube, PBS has a good variety on community workers.
6. Explore through Art
Engage in art experiences inspired by community helpers. Here are a few examples:
911 Resist Paintings shared by community member Jodi N. of the Apple Blossom Preschool and Childcare
Celebrate dentists by painting with a toothbrush.
7. Create through Small World Play
Add plenty of community helpers props and play people for children to play with.
Create a Small World Zoo for children to explore as they learn about zookeepers.
While learning about farmers set up a small world farm.
8. Send a Thank You Card
Sending a Thank You card is a great way to encourage preschoolers to show appreciation for Community Workers.
Use this opportunity to be creative, make a card using card stock folded in half.
9. Get Hands-on Experience
Community member Lisa R. shared this fun farm activity! She created a cow that the children could pretend to milk!
Learn about being a paleontologist with a Dinosaur Egg Excavation activity.
10. Find Ways to Help Your Community
Volunteer in your town, find ways to help around the house and classroom.
A Job Chart helps children feel like a contributing part of the community and teaches responsibility.
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