Community Helpers

My Doctor Bag

Large sheet of black construction paper folded in half with a handle cut out.
Children glue band aid, -tip, possible stick or large craft stick (tongue depressor), gauze, cotton ball and construction paper medicine bottle inside.


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Call The Doctor!


Doctors!
From Mrs. B. room - the children covered two precut circles with foil then attached one to a headband and the other to pipe cleaners which they then secured in the back so they could wear it like a stethoscope. Adorable and so simple.

Dental Health


We practiced brushing teeth. Teeth are the bottom of liter soft drink bottle cut off and painted white.


Practicing flossing. One side of an egg carton painted to look like teeth and gum. Floss is string.


Fold a 9x12 piece of white construction paper in half. Draw lines and have children cut up the lines and make bristles for the tooth brush. Make a brush handle out of colored construction paper. Put child's name on the handle. Glue brush onto handle. Give the children a variety of materials to decorate their toothbrush handle with (like glitter and stickers).

Tool Belt

Kids colored and cut out tools then glued them on a sentence strip to make a belt. Free tool pattern here.

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Post Office
Step inside!
Stamps for sale!
Packages, postcards,
Letters to mail!
Come to us
For your money's worth.
Deliveries made
All over the Earth!

SAFETY WHEN CROSSING STREET
This isn't for traffic lights, but for crossing safely:
Stop, look, listen
When you cross the street.
Use your eyes,
Use your ears,
Before you use your feet!

POST OFFICE IDEAS
We took a large box and painted it to be a mailbox.  Used poster board to make the top part and cut a slot for letters and an opening in the back to take the letters out of.
We used old envelopes and paper the kids wrote *letters* on to mail.
We also used shoe boxes to make individual mailboxes labeled with each child's picture so that kids could *mail* letters and cards to their friends.
We set up a post office using stamps and stamp pads the kids could pretend with as well.
We also took a walk to the post office and went through the back.  This was set up ahead of time of course and the kids loved it.   We did this during Feb so the kids got a Valentines coloring book with stamp images too.
There are coloring books that have many different pretend stamps in large formats so kids who are into that might enjoy coloring them.
We also had some parents who had contacts in the post office and got us old uniforms for the kids to dress up in.  Hats and jackets were a real hit.

MAIL CARRIER SONG
Sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Write, write, write your cards,
And lots of letters, too.
 I will bring them to your friends,
And they will write back soon.

5 LITTLE LETTERS
Five little letters lying on a tray (extend fingers of right hand)
Mommy came in and took the first away (bend down thumb)
Then Daddy said, "This big one is for me"
I counted them twice, now there were three (bend down the pointer finger)
Brother Bill asked, "Did I get any mail?"
He found one and cried, "A letter from Gale!" (bend down middle finger)
My sister Jane took the next to the last.
And ran upstairs to open it fast. (bend down ring finger)
As I can't read, I'm not able to see
Who the last one's for, but I hope it's for me! (wiggle little finger then clap hands)

POLICE ACTIVITES
These cross-curriculum ideas submitted by Cheryl
I Am A Policeman
(sung to: I'm A Little Teapot)
I am a policeman, with my star.
I help people near and far.
If you have a problem, call on me.
And I will be there, 1, 2, 3!

Our Friend
The policeman has many jobs.
They never seem to end.
But this you must remember:
The policeman is your friend.

Police Officer
The police officer stands so tall and straight
Holds up his hand for cars to wait
Blows his whistle, 'Tweet, tweet!'
Till I'm safely across the street.

 The Policeman
There on the corner,
in his suit of blue,
The neighborhood policeman
is there to help you.
If you get lost,
he knows what to do.
Just tell him your name
and your address too!

 The Policeman
Sung to 'Mary Had A Little Lamb'
The policeman walking down the street,
Down the street, down the street,
The policeman walking down the street,
I wonder who he'll meet.

Lost Child
The adult plays the role of a mother and the child plays the role of the police officer.  Mother pretends to cry and says, "Oh, dear, I've lost my child, can you help find my child?"   The police officer says, "What does your child look like?"  The mother describes  the child's hair color, clothing, eye color, ect.  The police officer walks around the circle and chooses one child he thinks fits the description and brings the lost child back to the mother. That child is the next police officer and the game continues.

Two tall policemen met in a lane,(Place 3rd  finger on each side of cheek)
 Bowed most politely, bowed once again.
 How do you do,
 How do you do,
 And how do you do again?

 Police Officer
 Police officers are helpers wherever they may stand.
 (Stand with feet apart, hands on hips.)
 They tell us when to stop and go by holding up their hands.
 (Signal stop by holding up hand and go by pointing index finger.)

 Police Officers fingerplay
 Five police officers standing by a door-------
 One became a traffic cop; then there were four.
 Four police officers watching over me----
 one took home a lost boy, and then there were three.
 Three police officers dressed all in blue----
 One stopped a speeding car, and then there were two.
 Two police officers---how fast they run!
 One caught a bad man, and then there was one.
 One police officer saw smoke faraway.
 He called the firehouse, and the fire person saved the day.

Art:
Make police hats using black construction paper. The front of the hat has a small brim and top of the officer's hat all  one piece. Add more of a strip to fit around the child's head.
Make badges out of yellow paper.
Paint using police cars in paint.

Dramatic Play--Police Station:
Police officer hats and badges, black belts, walkie talkies, telephone phonebook, pads of paper and pencils (for ticket books), table and chairs (front desk), small clipboards for issuing tickets, 911 signs, stamp pads, posters or pictures of police officers (make sure to include female officers), two large empty boxes (have children help decorate one to resemble the jail and one to resemble a squad car)

Fingerprints
Police people...here are 2 ways to observe and collect fingerprints. Rub a pencil point several times on paper. Rub the child's finger in the graphite and stick a piece of transparent tape over it. Then stick the tape onto paper. After doing several of one     child's fingers, observe that each print is the same. But everyone's prints are different.
Have child touch a metal box. Pour a line of powder at the edge of the box and "blow" gently. With a soft brush, very lightly brush over the box. Fingerprints will appear. Allow children to use magnifying glasses to examine prints.

For police week, line the children up against the wall, which has a big piece of newsprint paper taped to it. Then we trace the outlines of their bodies for our "line-up." Then they can decorate their own outlines any way they choose with whatever materials you provide.

ART ACTIVITIES FOR COMMUNITY HELPERS
The Cook's Kitchen
Need: play dough, pictures of various foods, cookbooks, cooking utensils, medium-sized cartoon with flap that opens.
Put out play dough, box, and other props so children can create different foods. Then, children can become chefs by cooking them in the cardboard "oven."

Menu
Need: markers, glue, magazines with pictures of food, construction paper.
Have children cut out of the magazines pictures of food and glue onto construction paper to create menus.
Children can "write" the names and prices underneath the pictures of these foods. Compile menu pages and place in the Dramatic Play area.

COMMUNITY HELPERS RHYME
Recite each verse and have children take turns telling about each job and how doing it benefits others.
What Do You Do?
Teacher, Teacher,
What do you do?
I teach you reading
And writing, too.

Doctor, Doctor,
What do you do?
I help when you're sick
With a cold or the flu.

Counselor, Counselor,
What do you do?
I help you with problems
And I care about you.

Firefighter, Firefighter,
What do you do?
I help fight fires
That might hurt you.

Officer, Officer,
What do you do?
I help you stay safe
In all that you do.

Dentist, Dentist,
What do you do?
I clean your teeth
And keep your gums healthy, too.

Children, Children,
What will you do?
When you grow up,
Which job is for you?

Health/Community Helpers (Doc/Nurse)/etc.
Submitted by Margie
Demonstrate covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze by showing
children to use the backs of hands so that they don't touch things after
they sneeze/cough.  Some teach to use upper inner arm too?!?!

HEALTH
Submitted by Jen
this is a wonderful demonstration of the importance of covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze:
you will need: a balloon, holes from hole puncher, a permanent marker
Place the holes in the balloon, blow it up and twist the end but don't tie it. Draw a face on it using the end that you blow on as the mouth. Tell the kids that there are germs inside of Mr. Balloon and he is going to remember to cover his mouth as he coughs....then let the air out of the balloon covering the opening with your hand. only a few germs should escape......then blow him back up and show them what happens to Mr. Balloons germs when he coughs and forgets to cover his mouth....germs fly all over the room

COMMUNITY HELPERS SONGS & FINGERPLAYS
Following cross curricular activites submitted by Anita N.
SONGS/CIRCLE TIME
 Police Officers fingerplay
 Five police officers standing by a door-------
 One became a traffic cop; then there were four.
 Four police officers watching over me----
 one took home a lost boy, and then there were three.
 Three police officers dressed all in blue----
 One stopped a speeding car, and then there were two.
 Two police officers---how fast they run!
 One caught a bad man, and then there was one.
 One police officer saw smoke faraway.
 He called the firehouse, and the firemen   or fire person  saved the day.

Hurry Hurry Fire Truck
Hurry, hurry drive the fire truck, (hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. (ring bell)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner, (1ean to the right)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner, (lean to the left)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner,
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. (ring bell)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder....(climb the ladder)
Slowly, slowly, back to the fire station.... (lean slowly to the left and
to the right)

DID YOU EVER SEE A WORKER ?
 Did you ever see a builder, a builder , a builder
 Did you ever see a builder saw this way and that?
 Saw this way and that way, saw this way and that way
 Did you ever see a builder saw this way and that
 Did you ever see a painter A painter A painte
 Did you ever see a painter brush this way and that
 Brush this way and that way brush this way and that way
 Did you ever see a painter brush this way and that
 Did you ever see a farmer a farmer a farmer
 Did you ever see a farmer Plow this way and that
 Plow this way and that way plow this way and that way
 Did you ever see a farmer plow this way and that
 Did you ever see a miner a miner a miner
 Did you ever see a miner dig this way and that
 Dig this way and that way dig this way and that way
 Did you ever see a miner dig this way and that
 Did you ever see a teacher a teacher a teacher
 Did you ever see a teacher write this way and that
 Write this way and that way write this way and that way
 Did you ever see a teacher write this way and that
 Did you ever see a baker a baker a baker
 Did you ever see a baker toss pizza like that
 Toss this way and that way toss this way and that way
 Did you ever see a baker toss pizza like that

  I'm a Big Red Fire Truck
 I'm a big red fire truck long and stout,
 When I am needed, I roar and shout.
 People love to see me rush about,
 Just turn me on and head me out.
 I'm a big red fire truck stout and long,
 Here's is my ladder, tall and strong.
 When I get a call, you'll hear my song,
 Just climb aboard and turn me on.

SENSORY
Bakery Shop
Give the children a large batch of play dough that you could scent with cinnamon, and cookie cutters. Let them have fun making bread, cookies and cakes.

GAMES
 Charades
Act out an occupation and have the children guess who you are pretending to be. Then let the children take turns pretending to be someone.

FOOD EXPERIENCE
 Cheese Hammers
You will need cheese chunks and pretzel sticks. Cut a variety of cheese into small squares. Poke a pretzel into each one.

Title: Bakery Shop
Give the children a large batch of play dough that you could scent with cinnamon, and cookie cutters. Let them have fun making bread, cookies and cakes.

Title: Beyond The City Limits
Materials: colored chalk, throw-away objects
On a sunny day, take a box of colored chalk outdoors and let the children create a town or city with buildings, roads, intersections with traffic signs, railroads leading out of town past the factories and farms, lakes, streams, and other interesting roadside attractions - simply by drawing them to life on the sidewalk, Various 'throw away' items may be used to build bridges, tunnels, caves, waterfalls, and mountains. A rock may serve as a car, or a leaf may be an airplane. The children's imaginations will lead the way.

Title: Doctor's Bag
Materials:black construction paper, red construction paper], stapler, white chalk, items such as band-aids, cotton balls, etc....

1. Fold the black paper in half and draw a doctor bag on it so that the fold is the bottom of the bag.
2. Cut it out and staple the sides together
3. Cut a red cross out of the red paper and glue it on the bag
4. Write Dr. **** on the other side of the bag
5. Put cotton balls, band-aids, and whatever else you would find in a doctor bag that the kids could play with.

Title: The Fix-It Shop
Find something broken - an old appliance, a chair, or a vehicle (wagon, tricycle, bike, etc Let the children fix it with pliers, screwdrivers an masking tape. Let each child work on a different broken item. When they're finished, they'll charge you for 'parts and labor,' so be ready to pay plenty.

Title: What I Want To Be
Materials: large white butcher paper, tracing crayon, crayons or paints, scissors
Have each child lie on a large piece of butcher paper and outline the body. When complete, have the children dress themselves in appropriate attire for what they want to be when they grow up. A firefighter? They will need a red suit, heavy black boots, and a firefighter's hat. A mommy? They might have a baby in their arms or at their side and wear pretty earrings and carry a purse. A doctor? They might have a white coat and wear a stethoscope. Cut out the life-size pictures and mount them for display.

 

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