Community helpers cover a broad spectrum in our society and children are taught about them in early elementary school. Having hands-on activities is a fun way to discuss what a community helper is (someone who serves the community) and what types of things they do. You can use these as an introduction to a unit for Social Studies, something you and your child do together, or independent activity as a culminating activity. Click on the image of each picture to take you directly to the link.
Whose Tools is a free folder game for your student to learn about helpers.
Community Helpers Matching Worksheet Does your daughter or son know what tools each of these professionals need for their job?
Free Sorting Mats of Community Helpers. You can laminate these for durability to be reused. This is only a sample and you can purchase additional mats for this unit.
Community Helper Hats You can use these hats for play or for sorting. The directions are easy to follow to make the hat, and there is also a video should you wish to watch it. The police officer hat is free and if you would like to receive all 10 hats, sign up for the newsletter.
Does your student like to play with puppets or write stories? Here are some adorable community helper bag puppets to make and use.
Books for your children to enjoy:
These two books are interactive, which I think will make these books interesting and enjoyable.
This is a fun matching game book with information about various jobs in the community. There is a story for each profession and a rhyming text for younger students to read.
This looks like such an interesting book. “If your hands can mix and mash, what job might you have? What if your hands reach, wrench, yank, and crank? The hands in this book–and the people attached to them–do all sorts of helpful work. And together, these helpers make their community a safe and fun place to live.” (www.goodreads.com)
Have a great week! -Lisa-