There are so many different types of jobs that can be included in a Community Helpers Construction worker theme. It can include carpenters, architects, engineers and more!
Have fun with this theme adding the types you have in your area and introducing your children to some that are not so familiar! This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.
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Community Helpers Construction Theme Art
Ok, have a seat, breathe, I know this will sound CRAZY, but I have NOT lost my mind...at least not all of it yet! This was soooo much fun--be brave! This activity perhaps belongs under Gross Motor!
Rig a hook to the ceiling...a LARGE eye hook. Thread a rope (clothesline) through it. Tie a painter's paint brush to one end.
Help the children to dip the brush into paint and use pull the rope up and down to drop it onto a very large paper you have on the floor!
VARIATION: Pendulum Painting
Tie the rope to the eye of the hook and let the brush swing back and forth over the paper.
My Tool Box
Materials Needed: Construction paper, scissors, glue sticks, preschool catalogs and/or newspaper advertisements from construction stores (Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.)
The children cut out and glue tools onto their paper tool box.
Materials Needed: Precut a saw shape but leave the "blade" edge flat. Draw zig zags on the "blade" edge. Encourage the children to cut out the wide zig zag shapes.
The children can then cover with aluminum foil and glue sawdust on the edge.
Materials Needed: Provide different roughnesses of sandpaper. The children place white paper over the sandpaper and color with crayons (wide crayons work best).
Packing Peanut Construction
Most companies now use biodegradable packing peanuts. Ask parents to save them when they receive packages. Or, you can buy colored ones at a teacher supply store.
They are starch based and non-toxic.
The children dip one end into a shallow plate of water and they will stick to other peanuts. See what they can construct!
Use boxes and plastic containers from you and the children's family's recycling bins to create a city! Use glue, paint, etc.
Community Helpers Construction Theme Block Center Ideas
What more do we need during construction week than blocks???!! Add some books with pictures of buildings and towers for them to create.
This would be a great week to add cardboard blocks if you have them! They don't hurt when they are built high and then fall down!
Community Helpers Construction Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Three Little Pigs
What better story to read about construction than this classic story!
Rather than just read it, try having flannel board pieces for the children to add as you tell it. OR....
Have 3 pig masks and a wolf mask and let 4 children act it out as you tell it. Repeat until all children have had a turn.
Grandpa Builds a Table
If you can find it, the Hap Palmer recording called Grandpa Bilds a Table is on the Creative Movement and Rhythmic Exploration CD
Fingerplays and Songs
The carpenter's hammer goes tap, tap, tap, (pound fists together).
And his saw goes see, saw, see (right hand saws left arm)
And he planes and he measures (bend fingers of right hand and slide down left arm)
And he hammers and he saws (as done above)
While he builds a big house for me (Elbows bent, forearms upright with fingertips touching as a shape of a house).
Look Out Your Window
sung to Down by the Station
Look out your window
Early in the morning,
There goes the carpenter
On his way to work
See the handy carpenter
Working on the building
Bang, bang, Buzzzz, Buzzzz
Up it goes!
sung to Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
Make up lines to go along with what you have been talking about......
This is the way we say the wood, saw the wood, saw the wood.
This is the way we saw the wood, so early in the morning.
This is the way we hammer the nails, drill a hole, use a screwdriver, measure the wood, etc.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Thank you Miss Gina for submitting this idea!
Needed: pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows
The children begin by building walls (4 pretzel sticks stuck into mini marshmallow corners) and then learn to add to it to make cubes!
Community Helpers Construction Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Materials: A large tree stump, nails and hammers, protective eye goggles and work gloves (child size).
This activity should ONLY be done when you have one adult completely supervising this area. I had only one child at a time allowed to be at the center at a time.
We got some of the nails started in the stump and then the children hammered them all the way in.
Provide a table and large paper with colored pencils and rulers for a drafting table.
Place a drop cloth on the floor and move your easel to dramatic play.
Community Helpers Construction Theme Ideas for your Easel--More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Leaning Tower of "Pea"Za
Ok, corny name but fun activity.
Provide a large bowl of peas and toothpicks. Need I say more?!
Community Helpers Construction Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together!
Child Made Ring Toss--Build It!
Collect plastic covers from margarine tubs, coffee cans, etc.
Cut holes in the middle.
Have the children help you cover the rough inside edges with duct tape.
Turn a chair upside down and toss the covers onto the legs of the chair!
Construction Yoga or Charades?
If we can be a dog or a tree, why not construction tools or items?
Can you be a......
Hammer? ruler? building? rubber band? Have fun with this! The children will have great ideas to act out---just ask them!
Community Helpers Construction Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Book Suggestions for the Library
A Carpenter by Douglas Florian
In A People House by Theo LeSieg
The Toolbox by Anne Rockwell
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton
Community Helpers Construction Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop math skills and/or those small muscles in their hands!
Carpenter's Tool Match
In advance, color and laminate pictures (2 of each) of different types of construction tools such as tape measures, levels, squares, aprons, overalls, hammers, nails, etc.
The children match and name the items.
VARIATION: Have duplicates of actual tools for them to match up!
The Rooms in a House (Classification Activity)
At your math/manipulatives table, place a dollhouse. Ask the children to name the rooms and notice the characteristics of each. Call on children to choose a piece of furniture and place it in the correct room. (This part could be done at circle time).
Place shoe boxes or small bins on the table and label each one with names and pictures of the rooms of a house ("Kitchen", "Bathroom", "Bedroom", etc.).
Gather items and products that belong in each room (such as in the Kitchen box, place plastic dishes, detergent, paper towels; in the Bathroom box- toilet tissue, soap, hair brush).
The children sort the items to put them in the correct box.
Nuts and Bolts Sorting
Provide a variety of nuts and bolts of many sizes in a box or bowl.
The children sort into small bowls or egg cartons by size, shape, weight, type, etc.
Let your architects and engineers enjoy making their own shapes using these boards.
VARIATION: See if a parent can help your children make their own! We had a parent who came in and, one by one, helped the children nail 9 nails into a soft piece of square pine and then made shapes with rubber bands on them.
They were so proud to make their own! Of course, you'll need to use safety glasses, gloves and complete supervision one on one!
Community Helpers Construction Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Materials: Blocks in many different shapes (one block per child).
Set the blocks up in a large circle. Have each child stand behind one block.
Play music. The children walk or dance in a circle (like in musical chairs).
When you stop the music, the children should stand behind one block. Call on one child to name the block shape in front of them (if they don't know, encourage them to ask a friend to help them name it).
Continue until all children have had a turn.
Johnny Works With One Hammer
A CLASSIC song to act out!
Johnny works with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer
Johnny works with one hammer, now Johnny works with two.
(Now use 2 hands)
Johnny works with two hammers, two hammers, two hammers
Johnny works with two hammers, now Johnny works with three.
(Now hammer with two hands and one leg)
Johnny works with three hammers, three hammers, three hammers
Johnny works with three hammers, now Johnny works with four!
(Now hammer with both hands and both legs)
Johnny works with four hammers, four hammers, four hammers
Johnny works with four hammers, now Johnny works with five!
(Now use both hands, both legs and head to hammer!)
Johnny works with five hammers, five hammers, five hammers
Johnny works with five hammers, now Johnny's work is DONE!
Community Helpers Construction Theme Activities for the Senses!
Ask for wood scraps from your local construction store or a parent.
Provide children with safety glasses, masks, work gloves and sandpaper for them to sand some blocks!
**This is a good outdoor activity because of the dust that might happen. It was too much for indoors for us.
Sink or Float
Add water to your table. Provide construction items. Have the children predict if each item will sink or float.
Some suggestions: A piece of wall board, a nail, a hammer, a ruler, a tape measure, nuts, bolts, pencil, piece of sandpaper
Community Helpers Construction Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
How Heavy Are They?
Provide a balance scale and nuts and bolts. Show the children how to use the scale.
Provide premade notebooks (1 for each child)--you can make them from construction paper for the cover and plain paper for the inside and pencils.
Have each child write their name on a note book.
Provide different types of measuring tools such as tape measures, yard sticks, rulers and encourage them to measure items in the room and "write" down what they measure!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Community Helpers Construction Theme!
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Miscellaneous Activities for Your Community Helpers Construction Theme!
Visit a home store. Some will do child demonstrations for a small fee per child (such as Home Depot).
Take a neighborhood walk when there is construction going on to observe the progress. Take pictures as well!
Invite a construction worker or parent to come in and demonstrate how to use some tools.