Community Helpers Songs Workers, Workers, Workers, Workers, Workers, Workers Workers, Workers, Workers Let's talk about the workers. Teachers and Lawyers Teachers and Lawyers Teachers and Lawyers Let's talk abot the workers Doctors and Medics Doctors and Medics Doctors and Medics Let's talk abot the workers Continue with other workers Fire Fighter Submitted by Betsy Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter, hear the alarm Save the building, from any harm. Fire fighter, Firefighter, no time to rest Wake up, Wake up, do your Best! Workers at the Airport Submitted by Linda Workers at the airport, Whom will we see? Whom will we see? Workers at the airport, Whom will we see? Pilots flying the plane for me Workers at the airport, Whom will we see? Whom will we see? Workers at the airport, Whom will we see? Ticket agents giving tickets to me Other Endings: Luggage carriers taking bags for me Attendants bringing food for me Controllers watching planes for me. Johnny's Hammers Submitted by Tonya Verse One: (Make hamering motion with one fists) Johnny had one hammer, one hammer, one hammer Johnny had one hammer then he had Two Verse Two: (Make hamering motion with both fists) Johnny had two hammers, two hammers, two hammers, Johnny had two hammers then he had Three. Verse Three: (Makre motion with both fists and one leg.)

Johnny had four hammers then he had Five Verse Five: (Makre motion with both fists and both legs and head. please brush your teeth The dentist says. pound our nails. please brush your teeth And you'll have a healthy smile. I'll go with all the letters to Japan or Mexico The Dentist Says Submitted by Jen The dentist says. so early in the morning. heigh ho Construction Worker Song Submitted by Debby This is the way we pound our nails. please brush your teeth The dentist says. away we go. you'll have a please eat good food please eat good food please eat good food healthy smile Walking Down the Street Submitted by Lisa When I went walking down the street. This is the way we use a screwdriver. Johnny had three hammers then he had Four Verse Four: (Makre motion with both fists and both legs) Johnny had four hammers. so early in the morning. heigh ho a ridgety jig and away we go. drill a hole. down the street. then he went to sleep (lay hands like sleeping) The Mailbox Poem Submitted by Paige I went to mail a letter and slid right in the box All that you could see of me were my tennis shoes and socks. heigh ho. This is the way we pound our nails. use a screwdriver. saw our wood.) Johnny had five hammers. I self addressed my elbow and air-mail stamped my knee. Heigh ho. dentist says. pound our nails. four hammers. three hammers. This is the way we use a screwdriver. down the street A community helper I did meet. please floss your teeth And you'll have a healthy smile The The The And dentist says. dentist says. . a ridgety jig and away we go. drill a hole. away we go. This is the way we saw our wood. heigh ho. Soon I would be ready for the next delivery. four hammers. so early in the morning. please floss your teeth The dentist says. This is the way we saw our wood. I folded like an envelope and in a day or so. five hammers Johnny had five hammers. three hammers. five hammers. This is the way we drill a hole. use a screwdriver. please floss your teeth The dentist says. so early in the morning. . Waw our wood.Johnny had three hammers. The dentist says. This is the way we drill a hole. heigh ho. .

3. Then have them paint the arm. Mailman.4.5 (Pretend to hammer. Let your children string paint with the dental floss Fix My Wound Submitted by Brenda What You Need: Paint Band-aids Paper What You Do: Trace the child's arm on a piece of paper. my neighbor yells (Yell) I ll hammer them now before it s night! 1. They ca n then put a band-aid on it and make up a story as to how their arm got hurt.Addition Verses: Saw The Wood Turn the Screw Stack the Bricks Paint the walls Stir the paint Noisy Nails Submitted by Rebecca I use my hammer and five nails (Hold up Five fingers. My Darlin) Submitted by Ann Bring your dogs.) That s too noisy.2. I'm a veterinarian. etc) Submitted by Freta What You Need: Paint Paper Magazine Clippings (of community helpers and their tools) What You Do: Give the children the materials and let them design their own community helper's bag. Bring your hamsters one by one. I take care of the animals. Community Helper Collage Submitted by Jen What You Need: Paint Paper Magazine Clippings (of community helpers and their tools) What You Do: . Dental Floss Painting Submitted by an Unknown Friend What You Need: Paint Dental Floss Paper What You Do: Cut out large teeth out of poster board or construction paper. Communtiy Helper Bag (Doctor.) And to my neighbor I ll be polite! (Bow) The Veterinarian (Sung to: Oh. bring your cats.

gauze. dentist chair. etc. Cut enough so each child will have at least one of every shape. Next get several envelopes (or cutouts) and put a corresponding nu mber. Next from a bag or shoebox. Let t he children sort the food as to which one's the dentist would approve of. squares.). Make Mailboxes th at have the same shapes on them. letter. as well as several examples of good and bad food. Next cover the cardboard with Aluminu m foil.Give the children the supplies and let them create their own collage Doctor Collage Submitted by Torrie What You Need: Paint Doctor Supplies (Cotton Balls. Just have them push finger paint around on their paper. Mailbox Match Submitted by Julie Cut out several mailbox shapes. or symbol on the mail. Put a number. Let the children deliver the mail to the correc t boxes.) Paper Magazine Clippings (of doctors. Mailman Submitted by Linda Cut out several shapes (triangles. Let your children match which object goes with what helper. Note: To make this last longer attach the mailboxes to a . Have your children match the mail with the corresponding mailbox. Dentist Approval Submitted by Judy Cut out two large teeth. etc. Submitted by Michelle Blueprints Submitted by Ketura What You Need: Blue Paper White Colored Pencils/Crayons Rulers What You Do: Provide your children with the materials along with some real blueprints to look at. firetruck. Finally the kids can use the non-brush side of a paint brush to etch a b adge into the aluminum foil Idea: have your children paint with toy bulldozers or use craft sticks like bulldozers . Policeman Badge Submitted by Linda What You Need: Paintbrush CardBoard Paper Aluminum Foil What You Do: Cut out badge shapes out of the cardboard. etc. Let you children ma ke tire prints (roll vehicle through paint and then on paper) on their paper Matching Game Submitted by Nita Find object or pictures that correspond with different community helpers (mailbo x. Then let them create their own blueprints Idea: Provide as many different construction vehicles as possible. to make a creation. letter. band aids.). Additionally find pictures of community help ers in uniform. or symbol on the flag of t he mailboxes. and supplies) What You Do: Give the children the supplies and let them create their own doctor collage.

Have the fire department visit (if you call they are usually more than willin g) 4. Bad Food's Effect on Teeth Submitted by July Take several pieces of an eggshell. Draw flames on a sidewalk and let you childre n put them out with water bottels. and water. a scale. Blue Prints Submitted by Rebecca Provide your children with blueprints and explain to them what the lines and sym bols mean. paper. stamps (stickers). Create a firman uniform (a yellow raincoat and plastic firman hat) 3. In Room Post Office Submitted by an Unknown Friend Paint a big box blue. This is a g reat segue to talking about cavities and relate to the need for dentist and dent al visits. Changing Heart Beat Submitted by Linda Have your children listen to each others hear beat and count the number of beats in a fifteen to thirty second interval. Draw chalk flames on a sidewalk and let the children put them out (water bott le) Pretend I am Submitted by Create large children can a Community Helper Peggy headless paper dolls dressed like different community helpers. post . milk. You c an them make it a Post Office by puttin gup a sign. Then cut it out so that it is 3-sided with a window. The water and milk will have little effect.manila folder and laminate them. and ink pads. They can then add correct postage (how much they feel it should have) For added fun have them deliver the packages to different a reas of the classroom Put the Flames Out Submitted by Carrie Get red and yellow sidewalk chalk. soda. How the Mail Works Submitted by Carla Talk to your children about how the mail works. The sorters match the city/zip code to the proper location. pens (crayons) . Painting with small plungers FireFighter Ideas Submitted by Leslie 1. Then have them do jumping jacks. Give the children several plastic plumbing pipes to play and build with 2. or run in place for a minute. Scales for Mail Submitted by Julia Bring in scales and let your children weigh mail (and boxes you provide) just li ke they do in the post office. Tell them that it is all just a big matching game. Soak one piece overnight in the following li quids: orange juice. Plumbing Ideas Submitted by Barbie 1. T hen the mailman sorts them and matches (delivers) them to the proper address. If you have older children y ou can even graph the results. Now have them listen again. Make a FireTruck out of a large box and an old water hose 2. while the soda will cause brown spots to appear on the eggs. Make a Fire Truck Cake 4. The hold them up to themselves and pretend they are a firefighter. For additional touches inclu de envelopes. a mail carrier uniform.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tool Grid Game . Rub a Dub Dub Nursery Rhyme Doctor Foster Nursery Rhyme Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester In a shower of rain. Add hard hats to the area to compl ete the effect. etc. by Dr. and is pronounced rhyming with Foster. Songs -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Doughnut Shop: traditional song Brush Your Teeth. Jean on the Kiss Your Brain CD Doin Good in the Neighborhood. Have them bring their tools. Add extra blocks and construction vehicles so your chi ldren can pretend to be construction workers. Gingerbread House Submitted by Debby Make a gingerbread house with your class! Construction Trip Submitted by Pam If you have a place that is under construction ask if there is any safe place yo u can take your class so they can watch the construction. Colors All Around CD -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Play Dough Construction [Fine Motor Skills] Wooden craft sticks can be added to the play dough for children to construct hou ses and other And never went there again! Note: Gloucester is a two-syllable word (Glouce-ster). Put up caution tape and signs saying construction area. He stepped in a puddle. by Raffi on the Singable Songs CD World Family. Construction Zone Submitted by Bonnie Make your dramatic play area a construction zone. They can pretend to give surgery or comfort the animals. by Jack Hartmann on the Construction Activities Gloster . Stuffed Animal Hospital Submitted by Debby To let you children pretend to be doctors or vets set up a stuffed animal clinic in your classroom. Right up to his middle. Construction Visitor Submitted by Jenni Invite a construction worker to come and talk to your children about their job.

Belt. Toolbox. Each manipulative is placed over one picture in the grid. rhyming with Foster. Hat. identify the numeral and count ou t that amount of manipulatives. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Construction Worker Prop Box [Dramatic Play Center] Tools. skyscraper. And never went there again! Note: Gloucester is a two-syllable word (Glouce-ster). Blueprints. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Block Game [Math] Children take turns rolling the die. After all the blocks are gone. sc hool.[Math] To play a grid game. and is pronounced Gloster . Right up to his middle. (The game in the photo was made using stickers bought at Michaels. As they take the blocks from the pile. Safety glasses -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Doctors/ Health Care Activities Doctor Foster Nursery Rhyme Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester In a shower of rain. Orange vests.) Tool Grid Game 10 Spaces Tool Grid Game 20 Spaces Counters: Metal Nuts -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Block-Building Art [Literacy] Children glue pieces of paper blocks onto their page to build something (house. church. He stepped in a puddle.) The children s names and what they built are writt en on each page. we compare the towers to see whose is the tallest. children roll a game die. etc. they construct a tower. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . Children play until the whole grid is full. This grid game uses metal nuts for manipulatives. and counting out that amount of blocks from the pile.

Large Motor] . Priority mail envelopes. A poster shows the cost of each item (pennies taped beside each item). Large Motor] Paint red flames onto an adult size (Large or X-Large) white T-shirt. Cloth bandage wraps. Children write a letter to someone using the materials they buy. Children press the big end of the cu p to the heart area of a friend s chest. Bandaids -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Post Office Activities -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Post Office [Literacy. envelopes.Stethoscope [Science] We use a paper cup with the bottom cut out. X-rays. Tube mailer. Make sure each child has a turn. Bubble mailers. Stamps (canceled). they take off the shi rt to show that the flames are gone. Choose a chi ld to put on the T-shirt over their clothing and have the child practice stop. and stickers. Packaging tape.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Health Care Prop Box [Dramatic Play Center] Doctor s or Nurse s Coat. Drop & Roll [Safety. dr op. Cardboard boxes. Social Skills] A small post office is set up at the table with paper. When they have gotten the pretend flames out. Pens -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Firefighter Activities -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Stop. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Post Office Prop Box [Dramatic Play Center] All size envelopes. Scrub shirt. Shot syringes (without needle). and press an ear against the small end. and roll . Mailbox. ( Works best if you don t hold onto the cup. Stethoscope. Paper. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Stay Low & Go [Safety. Children have to count out the correct amount of pennies to buy the materials they want to use. Emp ty medicine bottles.

A white sheet is used for the pretend smoke. Black boots. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Firetruck Stamping Game [Math. As an alternative. My assistant and I hold the sheet l ow near the floor. You can use rubber stamps or bing o dot markers. Chi ldren will draw a number or letter card from a stack (or roll a die). Oxygen tanks (made from 2 liter bottles). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Police Officers: Fingerprints [Science] Each child s hand is traced on a sheet of paper. find that letter/numeral on their mat. A piece of paper with a letter written on it is clipped to the driver s back (we used the beginning letters of the children s names). The child drives around the table. Raincoat. Children find the letter among a small set of foam letters (only the necessary letters. Shor t pieces of hose. and talk about ways police detectives use fingerprints. you can have children draw an X over the firetru ck if stamps or bingo dot markers are not available. Hand bell. and parks in his seat. Children color heavily with a pen cil on an index card to make a layer of graphite. they rub a fingertip on the gr aphite. and make a copy for each child. not th e whole alphabet). We look at the fingerprints with a magnifyi ng glass. pull the tape off and stic k to the finger on the hand outline. Literacy] Write a letter or numeral on each firetruck. and stamp it out. stick clear tape on that fingertip and press. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . Firetruck Game Printable -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Firefighter Prop Box [Dramatic Play Center] Fire hats. and the children practice stay low and go by crawling underneat h the sheet. First Aid kit -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Police Officer Activities Police Officers: License Plate Game [Literacy] Each child has a turn to be the driver .

Badge. I also have a George Foreman playdough grill and a baking rack from a real toaster that were donated to me. cakes. Fine Motor Skills] Write numbers on paper circles and attach them to a cookie sheet with clear cont act paper. and had a cash regis ter with paper for writing receipts. and the children s bakery foods were placed on dis play using trays. These menus are used in the children s pretend play restaurants. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Play Dough Cookies [Math. count out the correct amount o f chocolate chips (brown beads). The Model Ma gic was painted after it dries. spoons. Art] Children made their own bakery in the classroom by making cookies. mini bread loaf pans. rolling pins. Hat -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bakery and Restaurant Activities -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Restaurant Menus [Fine Motor Skills] Children make a restaurant menu by cutting pictures of food from grocery store s ale folders from the newspaper and glue the pictures onto file folders. cookie cutters. Children make cookies with play dough. and place them on a number on the cookie sheet. cupcak es. and pots and pans to the play dough area. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Creating a Bakery [Fine Motor Skills. and small bakery bags for their purchases. plastic knives. small cookie sheets. Pens. muffin tins. Blue shirts. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- . which is written on the front of the me nu. Notepads. bread. Each chi ld makes up a name for their restaurant. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Play Dough Bakery [Fine Motor Skills] Add bowls. Children also made a sign for the bakery. spatulas. cinnamon rolls. and other bakery foods with Model Magic.Police Officer Prop Box [Dramatic Play Center] Walkie-talkies.

Paper cupcake cups. They decorate their own cake with icing. spoo ns. and mix. Spatulas. Ingredients/Materials: Mini graham cracker pie cru st.Lemon Pie [Cooking] Children pretend to be . Cake pans. Measuring cups. Pens. Scoop the mixture into the piecrust. Serving tray Read more: http://prekinders. Cookie sheets. Dishes. sweetened condensed milk. th en adding shredded mozarella cheese. Empty food containers . Silverware. Mixing bowls. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Cake Decorating [Cooking] Children can help mix the cake batter and scoop the batter into individual cake baking pans. Silk flower centerpieces. Table cloth. Pl ay food. Chef hat. sprinkles. You can also use a toaster. Aprons. Place mats. Wooden mixing spoons. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minu tes (or less). Notepads. whipped topping. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mini Pizzas [Cooking] These are made by spreading Ragu Pizza Quick sauce on an English muffin half. Serving plate. Empty milk cartons -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Restaurant Prop Box [Dramatic Play Center] Menus. Cloth napkins. Children choo se a color for their icing and stir a few drops of food coloring into the icing. Bake them according to the directions on the package. Play credit cards. Dishcloths. one spoon of frozen le monade concentrate. Play check s. Cupcake tins. one spoon of sweetened condensed milk into a bowl. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bakery Prop Box [Dramatic Play Center] Rolling pins. Hand he ld manual mixers. frozen lemonade concentrate. Aprons. and squeeze tubes of decora ting frosting. disposable bowls Put one spoonful of whipped topping. Oven mitts. Measuring s poons. Towels.

Then invite each child to create his own doctor's bag. typing. Mail a letter. Use a white crayon to write "Dr.sung to "The Mulberry Bush" This is the way we mail a letter. I'm a Firefighter . (Child's Name) above the cross. hammering and sawing. Thermometers. Have each child glu e a red. Game Ideas Do As I Do Play the game using the occupations of the children's parents. gather as many tools as you can that represent the occupatio . And help to make things Safe for you. such as a typist. Theme Ideas My prechool children have been INTERESTED in building so I setup a table in the room with black dirt." Conti nue the game using other familiar occupations. Then provide each of your doctors with some tools to store in his or her bag. typing. I can drive the fire truck. I also added the constr uction hats so they could be the workers. typing. and construction vehicles. Canada Doctor Begin by showing the photo-illustrated book When I See My Doctor. This is the way we mail a letter. "I'm a typist. With my fire hat On my head. Arts & Crafts Mailboxes Make mailboxes out of old shoeboxes.Mailing Letters . Pretend that you are working at an occupation. chant several times. ~Submitted Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare Circle Time Idea Before circle time. construction paper cross to the outside of his bag. Fight fires. too." Switch to another occupation. If possibl e. Invite the chi ldren to share their experiences about visits to the doctor's office.sung to "I'm a little teapot" I'm a firefighter Dressed in red. Use a permanent black marker to make lines on one side of each straw half. "I'm a carpent er. The children do the same. mail a letter. As everyone is pretending to do a specific job. typing. For each child. Chant while pretending to type.Create pretend thermom eters by cutting clear plastic straws into halves. rocks. ~Submitted by Michelle from Edmonton. fold and cut 12" x 18" sheet of black or blue construction paper in half and glue on handles (thick C shapes but straighter on top). such as a carpenter. show the children some real medical equipment borowed from a parent or a loca l medical ofice. So early in the morning. Each child can decorate his/her own box. Na mes can be added by the children or teacher.

On the se cond day. ~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare Post Office Ink The post master cancels mail with an official post office stamper. On the fourth day we were postal workers and we wrote letters to e ach other and delivered them to the mail box at our play house. Have the children "cancel m ail. First we were architects and we drew up our plans for the play house." ~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare While I did my community and community helpers unit with my pre-k classroom i ma de a road on the rug with masking tape. We went on a journey around the town. the children a re always prepared to talk about the occupation and we are also there to help ou t. they were painters. we have videotaped this and ran it on parents night and the parents love it. I brought in a large box and they pretended to be builders and built t hemselves a playhouse. Let the children identify the tool and then tell in what occupation that tool is use d. put the safe tools on the Discovery Table so that the chil dren have an opportunity to explore them. shovel. each child empties the bag at circle and wears the uniform or shows the rest of the class the items that mommy and daddy use at work. water Mix the ingredients to use as ink for rubber stamps. postal workers. waiters. red cross . They loved it!! For a fine motor center I used tweezers and gauze. Maybe they can guess from the uniforms what some of the differ ent jobs are that people have. Why do they wear certain types of clothes? Have different uniforms for the children to see. Are some of the clothes specially designed for sa fety? For warmth? To be easily seen? Etc. On the third day. We had on construction hats and they had a blast.hammer. wheel. It was a wonderful week. During community helpers week we talk about many community helpers. shoe store workers. Then on our last day. and other adults wear to work. chalk. We took a community book with us and searched out bankers. The students had to use the t weezers to pick up the gauze and put it in a bowl of colored water. the children were able to practice looki ng both ways and crossing the road in our classroom. fire hats. We later use d the gauze to make a picture. but we have noticed that some of our children feel left out because we can not talk about ev ery parents occupation. After circle time. etc. We decided to include two days at the end of the unit fo r "occupation in a bag day" each child talks to their parents about their job an d then they can bring in anything that fits in a brown bag to describe the mom o r dads job. typewriter. -1 tsp. make several copies of badges.ns of the parents . etc. ~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare Discussion Talk about: Discuss what the children's moms and dads. Using white strips of paper. We put on painting clothes and hats and painted o ur playhouse. food coloring -3 TBS. liquid starch -1 TBS. mailbag.

We made mini-pizzas from the groceri es we purchased. . We took the preschoolers to the grocery store to learn what a grocer does and also to purchase groceries. Have the children cut and paste the symbols to their armbands and let t hem color and decorate them. when they're done tape the band into a loop (to mak e it an armband and let them wear it at circle time. You can add as many as you like on top of one another and then you can take some contact paper with a design on it and wrap around the outside of your post office box to hide all the milk carton writing. They loved it. I take half gallon milk cartons and staple 5 together side by side. During Community Helper Week we discussed several helpers. I then add another row of 5 stapled milk cartons on top of the first row and again staple them all etc. The children got to create and eat their own pizzas. make a mailbox and have the children write letters to home and school and allow people to write back I like to make a post office box for the children to sort the mail into. Two of which were the grocer and a chef. I then use sticky labels t o label each "box" with the children's names so their mail can be delivered to t heir PO box. The following day they became chef s themselves by preparing their own dinner. During circle time. each gr oup of symbols may be pointed out and reviewed.

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