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Community Helpers Nurse Theme for Preschool

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.

Let the Theme planning begin!

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.

NURSE Art Activities Block Area Circle Time Activities Cooking Recipes Dramatic Play Ideas Easel Ideas Gross Motor Games Library and Literacy Math And Manipulatives Activities Music and Movement Sand and Water Table Science Activities Writing Activities Miscellaneous Ideas



Art Activities

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Art

Nurse's Hat

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.

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Block Area

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Block Center Ideas

Provide medical staff puppets or little people to this area.

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Circle Time Activities

Community Helpers Nurse 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!

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.

You might find this resource helpful when teaching about germs, handwashing, tooth brushing and more!  

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Cooking Recipes

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!

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.

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Dramatic Play Ideas

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Triage Center

Materials: Provide clipboards, pencils, blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, etc. and a table and 2 chairs for the nurses to do their intake of patients.

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Easel Ideas

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Ideas for your Easel--More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)


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!

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Gross Motor Games

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Creative Yoga

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.

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Library and Literacy

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom

Book Suggestions for the Library

Helping You Heal: A Book About Nurses by Sarah c. Wohlrabe

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Math And Manipulatives Activities

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!

Medicine Cups

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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Music and Movement

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

NO ACTIVITIES HERE YET! Use the Contact Us Button to the left to send your ideas for this section! Be sure to state in your note that your ideas are for the Nurse Theme!

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Sand and Water Table

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Activities for the Senses!

Hand Washing

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!

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Science Activities

Community Helpers Nurse Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!

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.

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Writing Activities

Writing Activity Ideas for Your Theme!

NO ACTIVITIES HERE YET! Use the Contact Us button to the left to send your ideas for this section! Please be sure to state that your idea is for the Nurse Theme Page!

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Miscellaneous Ideas

Miscellaneous Activities for Your Theme!

Field Trips

Visit a hospital or clinic!

Classroom Visitors

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.

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