I love community helpers preschool activities! It’s an important concept to teach young children about the people who live and work around them. Some of these might be people that your kids see every day, like the school crossing guard or the postal worker. Others are very important, but maybe not as well known by kids who live in cities, like the farmers. Every one of them plays an important role in our lives and teaching children about these important professions is so much fun!
Teaching community helpers in preschool is the perfect time because students are very curious about the world in general. Community themed activities help children form important background knowledge for later comprehension. This community helper preschool printable is perfect to share with your students all year long!
The Community Helpers Matching Game is packed with community helpers pictures and labels: soldier, veterinarian, trash collector, crossing guard, policeman, firefighter, nurse, doctor, librarian, postal worker, teacher and farmer.
Materials Needed for the Community Helpers Matching Game
To Play: In case you haven’t played Memory before, you turn over two cards at the same time. If they match, you get to keep them and turn over another set of community helpers to try again.
If they don’t match, you turn them back over and it becomes the next person’s turn. Play continues until the cards have all been matched.
More ideas for your Community Helpers Theme
Get creative with your community helpers activities. Every preschool and kindergarten classroom needs a box of career-themed costumes. Consider how you might branch out from there.
Field trips are a wonderful way to show young children all of the different helpers in the community. Consider setting up simple trips (perhaps you can even walk?) to the post office, grocery store, police station, or local hospital.
Here are some other ideas:
- Set up a Post Office dramatic play center
- Teach about firefighters with this free printable firefighter play dough set
- Practice counting with these free community helpers for kids counting puzzles
- Start reading with community helper preschool themed emergent readers
- Learn about letters with this fun trash pick-up activity
- Keep a nurses hat in your desk and put it on every time someone needs a band aid
Community Helper Books to Share
Pre k teachers understand the value in sharing illustrated books with pre k and kindergarten students as an integral piece of a community helpers lesson plan.
Student learning and engagement increases when we draw them into a good book. The illustrations help young learners see the important people in a community helper unit.
- When I Grow Up
- Jobs Around Town
- Whose Hands Are These?
- Delivering Your Mail
- Olivia Becomes a Vet
- Curious George and the Firefighters
- Farmer Duck
- A Day in the Life of a Police Officer
Planning for a Community Helpers Theme? We’ve done all the work for you!
We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your COMMUNITY HELPERS THEME. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below: