Community Helpers Nurse Page! Nurses are trained men or women who help us stay healthy. They are trained in health and healing and doctors depend on nurses to help them to do their jobs.
Nurses are an important part of a community helper theme. This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
I know this is "old fashioned", but classic!
Materials Needed: Cut white paper to measure 12" X 14" wide. Draw a 6 1/2" diagonal line extending from the two top corners toward the center.
Provide scissors, staplers and bobbie pins.
The children cut on the two pencil lines. This is the back of the hat.
Make a 2 1/2" fold across the entire front of the hat. The hat will measure 9 1/2" X 14".
Bring the outside points together at the center and staple.
Secure to head with bobbie pins.
The children can decorate the hats with crayons or markers.
Medicine Dropper Painting
Materials Needed: Pipettes, white construction paper, tempera paint in various colors (I have watered the paint down a bit).
The children use the pipettes to drop paint onto the paper.
Provide medical staff puppets or little people to this area.
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!
Ask A Nurse
Ask a nurse to visit your classroom. It would be great if he or she could bring some instruments they use.
The nurse can answer questions the children have and also ask questions and make suggestions to the children about habits to stay healthy.
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!
Plan A Healthy Snack
Talk with the children about healthy snacks and then vote on their favorites.
Provide those snacks one day. Have the children help you to wash and dry the snack (if fruit or vegetable) and as much of the prep work as they can help you with.
Materials: Provide clipboards, pencils, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, etc. and a table and 2 chairs for the nurses to do their intake of patients.
Provide paint cups with water in them. Stir table salt into warm water in the cups; black construction paper and sidewalk chalk. The result of this when dried is sparkly!
Have you "medical" students learn and teach each other healthy exercise! Try being a frog, or a bird or a tree!
Cotton Ball Race
Provide cotton balls and straws. Tape a START line at one end of the room and a FINISH line at the other end.
The children use the straws to blow the cotton balls to the other end of the room.
Book Suggestions for the LibraryA Day in the Life of a Nurse by Connie Fluet
Materials: Medicine cups (at least 10). Number the cups 1 through 10.
Use small beads or beans for the children to count into the cups (counting the same number of beans as the numbered cups).
How Tall Are You?
Materials: Provide tape measures for the children to measure each other with.
Cotton Ball Sorting
Materials: Colored cotton balls or pom poms, cupcake tins, plastic tongs
The children use the tongs to move cotton balls from a large bowl into the individual tins.
You can program the tins by taping a color on the bottom of each tin and the children sort by color or
You can tape a number on the bottom of each tin for the children to count that specific number of cotton balls into each tin.
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We had a chart in the bathroom with hands made out of foam. There were three sets of foam hands labeled "Front", "Back", "In-Between"
We chanted "Front, back, in-between, that's how we keep our hands so clean." Sing this two times while doing what you sing to have clean hands!
EXTENSION: Use water in the water table and add small, baby dolls. "Teach" the dolls how to wash their hands!
Color Lab Mixing!
Materials: Provide watered down tempura paint in various colors, pipettes, one clear cup half filled with water, a pitcher of water and a large empty container
The children drop colors of paint into their clear cup of water to create new colors.
Use the empty container to empty their cups in when they want to start over.
Get Well Cards
Thanks for this idea, Misty! Get Well cards would be a great activity for a writing center!
Provide supplies such as blank postcards and markers, misc. arts/craft supplies and glue or glue sticks.
Have children create Get Well cards.
These can be sent to local hosptials or you can save them in your classroom and send them out if a child or teacher is out sick or if you find that a child's family member is sick!
Visit a hospital or clinic!
Of course, invite a nurse to visit your classroom. Check with parents to see if you have any in this profession!
They can explain his or her profession, show and deonstrate using different medical instruments such as a stethoscope or otoscope, etc.