Friday, July 20, 2012

Community Helpers


Book Suggestions:

Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie D. Kalman
Veternarians Help Keep Animals Healthy by Bobbie Kalman
A Day in the Life of a Construction Worker by Heather Adamson
A Day in the Life of a Doctor by Heather Adamson
A Day in the Life of a Farmer by Heather Adamson
A Day in the Life of a Firefigther by Heather Adamson
Corduroy Helps Out by Don Freeman
We need Police Officers by Lola M. Schaefer

Activities:

Dress Up:
Materials:  dress up clothes (scrubs, dr. coat, pants, hats etc)
Description:  Provide a variety of dress up clothes for your toddler.  If you do not any community helper dress up clothes, be creative...use a skirt and glasses for a teacher, long blue jeans and a belt with plastic tools tucked into it for a construction worker, a white dress for a nurse, a long coat for a dr. etc.  You could also visit your local thrift store to try to find some of these clothes.  As you and your toddler dress up together pretend to be each community helper that you dress as.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to use their imagination, teach your tot to play



Hats:
Materials:  glue, construction paper, markers, scissors
Description:  You and your toddler can create community helper hats together.  Cut several long thin strips from construction paper (these will wrap around your toddler head.  You may need to glue or staple two strips together so that it will fit all the way around your toddler's head).  Next decide what type of community helper hat your little one wants to make and what color it should be.  Cut out the shape of a hat from construction paper and have your little one glue it to the long strip of paper.  Wrap it around your toddler's head and staple the paper together so that it fits comfortably on your toddler's head.   You could let your toddler decorate each hat and you could write the name of each community helper on their hats.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot creativity, teach your tot to develop an understanding of community helpers, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development




Grocery Store Worker:
Materials:  paper grocery bag, markers, glue, craft items, pretend food
Description:  Take your toddler to the grocery store with you.  As you are checking out talk to your toddler about the check out person and the person bagging your groceries.  These are important community helpers.  Ask your bagger for an extra brown paper bag.  When you get home have your toddler decorate the grocery bag with markers and other craft items.  Your toddler can pretend to check out their pretend food and stack it into their decorated bag.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop an appreciation for community helpers, teach your tot motor skills development, teach your tot creativity, teach your tot to play



Community Helper Vehicles:
Materials:  construction paper (red, white, black, yellow), glue, scissors
Description:  Show your toddler pictures of community helper vehicles. See if your toddler can name each vehicle (ex. fire truck, police car, ambulance, taxi, ice cream truck etc.).  Help your toddler make their own community vehicles by cutting out trucks (rectangles) from construction paper and glueing circle (wheels) to the bottom of each truck.  Write the name of each vehicle under it and have your toddler identify each shape as they make their vehicles.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to develop an understanding of community helpers, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development




Community Helper Pictures:
Materials:  pictures of community helpers (you could print these from clip art), scissors, poster board or large paper, glue
Description:  In the beginning of the week, print pictures of different community helpers.  Cut out the pictures.  Throughout the week, as you read books or talk about different community helpers take out the picture of that community helper and have your toddler glue it to a large piece of poster board.  Write the name of the community helper under each picture.  When the week is over, you will have a big collage of all different community helpers to refer to.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to develop an understanding of different community helpers, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to recognize people in your town




Farmer or Gardener:
Materials:  seeds, dirt, flower pot, water
Description:  Farmers and gardeners are community helpers that grow food and plants.  Read books to your toddler about farmers or gardeners.  Talk about what kinds of things farmers and gardeners do.  Your toddler can be pretend to be a farmer or gardener by planting their own seeds.  Choose seeds that you want to plant with your little one.  Have your toddler fill a flower pot with dirt, plant the seeds and cover with more dirt.  Your toddler can water their plant daily.  Watch as your plant grows.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop an understanding of community helpers, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot to care for living objects



Household Helper:
Materials:  paper, marker, stickers
Description:  Explain to you toddler that community helpers help out in our towns and cities, and we help out around the house, just like a community helper.  Create a chart on a piece of paper. Brainstorm different chores or tasks that your little one can help out with around the house.  (ex.  pick up toys, pick up clothes, eat your food etc.).  Write three or four of these chores on the top of each column (or draw pictures for your toddler to recognize each task).  Throughout the week, as your child does each task, they place a sticker in each different square.  When they fill up the entire chart or each column (your preference) reward your toddle with a special treat! 
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to develop responsibility



Field Trips:
Description:  Throughout the week, you and your toddler can visit different places where community helpers work.  Take a walk through the post office.  Bring some mail for your toddler to put the in the slots.  Call your local fire department and see if they give tours of the fire station.  You toddler will enjoy seeing a fire truck close up.  Visit your grocery store and be sure to stop by the different departments:  bakery, deli, seafood department, check out counter, pharmacy etc.  Encourage your toddler to thank their community helpers for all that they do!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to develop an understanding of community helpers, teach your tot to be polite



Chef:
Description:  Read books and talk to your toddler about what a chef does.  Your toddler can pretend to be a chef by helping you cook their favorite meal, cookies or prepare lunch for everyone in your house one day. 
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to develop an understanding of community helpers



Construction Worker:
Materials:  toy trucks, toy blocks or legos, dirt or sand
Description:  Talk to your toddler about construction workers and what they do.  Your toddler can pretend to be a construction worker by using their toy trucks to move dirt and rocks and clear the way for a building to be built.  Your toddler can use legos and blocks to build a building just like a construction worker.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot sensory Development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop an understanding of community helpers, teach your tot to use their imagination, teach your tot to play



Carpenter:
Materials:  wood, coffee can (optional), paint, glue nails, hammer
Description:  Read a book and talk to your toddler about carpenters and what they do.  Your toddler can pretend to be a carpenter by building their very own birdhouse, with your help.  Check out www.craftybirds.com for some great bird house plans.
All you will need is some scrap wood, glue, nails, and a hammer.  Home Improvement stores such as home depot or Lowes can cut wood to the measurements that you need or you can buy it precut.  Be sure to have your toddler watch as you do the nailing that goes along with these birdhouse projects.  When you are finished putting the birdhouse together, have your toddler paint and decorate it before hanging it in your yard!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop an understanding of community helpers, teach your tot creativity and imagination.

Songs and Fingerplays:

Community Helpers:
Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

In my town their are policemen,
are policeman
are policeman.
In my town there are policemen
Policemen help other people

In my town their are fireman
are fireman
are fireman
In my town their are fireman
Fireman put out fires

In my town their are doctors
are doctors
are doctors
In my town their are doctors
Doctors help sick people

In my town their are construction workers
are construction workers
are construction workers
Construction workers build buildings.

Continue this song using other community helpers

Lots of Helpers:
Song to the tune of Jingle Bells

Chef Chef Chef
Chef chef chef
Chefs cook food.
They stir and bake
and grill and fry
yummy foods, cookies, and cakes

Vets Vets Vets
Vets Vets Vets
Vets take care of pets.
Dogs and cats
Birds that tweet
Veterinarians are sweet.

Teacher, teacher, teacher
Teacher, teacher, teacher
Teachers love kids.
They teach them math,
They teach them spelling.
They teach them lots of skills.

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