This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom. Below you will find ideas and activities for the general theme. You will also find links for the many different types of helpers in our communities.
This theme can be used for weeks or months depending on how many helpers you want to cover in your classroom. Some of these helpers might be covered at a different time during the year. Some suggestions would be:
Post Office-- Use this theme in February when talking about Valentine's Day and mailing cards.
Dentist-- Use this theme in February during National Dental Health Month
Fire Fighters-- Use this theme in October during Fire Awareness Week
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.
Turn boxes into vehicles. I have used boxes that photocopier paper comes in.
Cut out the top and bottom flaps. Now, you can stand in the box and pull it up to your waist! To make it easier, cut out oval shaped openings into each of the long sides for the children to hold onto the boxes with while they are standing in them.
Decorate the boxes with the children by painting them different colors. Glue paper plates or cut out circles for head lights.
As you introduce other themes, you can add a construction paper sign to the sides (i.e. Mail Carrier or Ambulance).
Paper Bag Community
Materials Needed: Small, white lunch bags, LOTS of newspaper or recycling paper, markers, construction paper and stapler.
Talk about your community with the children at circle time. Follow up by asking each child to choose a building to create.
They use markers to draw what their building will need (windows, doors, etc.) and help them print the name of the building on it (print their name on the bottom so they can take their building home when the theme is over).
They stuff the bags with newspaper and you staple the bags closed.
Use these in the block area or on a table for them to recreate events in your town.
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!
What Are Community Helpers?
Materials Needed: Pictures of different helpers such as a grocer, police officer, teacher, etc.
Show pictures and ask children to name the person and the job they do. Encourage the children to name the jobs of their parents, neighbors, etc. and talk about how the jobs help others.
Song with Puppets
In advance, cut out pictures (from magazines) of helpers and tape or glue them to craft sticks. Sing the song below using each helper when appropriate. You could then use this song in the future when you use a specific helper theme for a week (dentist week, etc.)
Good Morning Song
sung to the tune of Happy Birthday
Good morning to you!
And how do you do?
I am the doctor
Healing people like you!
I am the nurse, helping the doctor help you.
I am the dentist, giving tooth care to you.
I am the firefighter, fighting fires for you.
I am the grocer, selling food to you.
I am the police officer, solving crimes for you.
I am the mail carrier, bringing letters to you.
I am the carpenter, building houses for you.
I am the teacher, teaching children like you.
I am the librarian, lending books to you.
This helper builds our houses. (Hold up thumb)
This helper brings our mail. (Hold up pointer)
This helper teaches the children. (Hold up middle finger)
And this one has groceries to sell. (Hold up ring finger)
And this little helper, yes, it's me (Hold up and wiggle pinky finger)
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!
Ingredients and Items needed: 1 cup sugar; 2 tablespoons cocoa, 3/4 cup flour, 1 stick butter (melted), 2 eggs (beaten), 1 teaspoon vanilla, 9" X 9" pan.
Have the children help you grease and flour the pan.
The children help sift the sugar, cocoa and flour into a bowl.
They help add the melted butter, eggs and vanilla.
Community Helper Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Community Colors Activity
Materials: Brown Lunch bags (large or small), various colors of construction paper, marker
Tape a rectangle of construction paper on the front of each bag (use all colors) and print the color word on each rectangle.
Find pictures of community helpers, vehicles etc. and trace onto an appropriate color construction paper. For example, if firetrucks are yellow in your town, trace a yellow truck.
I have also simply taped pictures to random colors such as taping a picture of the local supermarket onto red paper.
The children sort the pictures into the correct bags, while talking about the picture or shape on the paper and what that person or items does to help in the community.
Materials: 10 pint (or half-pint) milk cartons. Optional: Spray paint them different colors.
Cut off the tops.
To make the garage, staple or paper clip the cartons in a row with the open ends facing up. (I'd suggest stapling them as the paper clips will come off after a lot of use!).
Now lay the garage on its side.
Use a permanent marker to draw one large dot on the top of the first milk carton, two large dots on the top of the second, and so on, ending with ten dots on the last carton.
Use ten small cars and number them (with the marker) 1 through 10.
The children take turns driving the cars into the correct parking places.
Thank you, Pam, for this idea!
Find object or pictures that correspond with different community helpers (mailbox, dentist chair, firetruck, etc.). Additionally find pictures of community helpers in uniform. Let your children match which object goes with what helper.
Find pictures of objects that correspond with different community helpers (mailbox, dentist chair, firetruck, etc.). Additionally find pictures of community helpers in uniform. Let your children match which object goes with what helper.
-Match community helper flashcards to the tools they use:
Community Helpers Theme Activities for the Senses!
For a general Community Helpers theme, add activities each day for the children to explore different helpers.
Police officers use clues to solve crimes. Add sand and spray bottles to your sensory table. The children can spray the sand and then press items (their hands, fingers, shoes or classroom toys) in the wet sand and remove to see the prints these items leave.
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Community Helpers Theme!
When contacting these offices, find out if they would be willing to visit the classroom! They can bring items from their trade and hand out flyers or cards to send home with the kids about their business.
Call to see if your Mayor can make a visit and read a story to the children...great photo op for you and them!
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