Community Workers

Book List

Bank Tellers - Katie Bagley, Shannon Duffy, and Lois J. Schuldt
Cashiers - Katie Bagley and Cher Terry
Chefs and Cooks - Panky Snow
Child Care Workers - Karen Bush Gibson and Megan Shaw
Community Helpers from A to Z - Bobbie Kalman and Niki Walker
Construction Workers - Tami Deedrick
Helpers in Our Community - Lola M. Schaefer and Gail Saunders-Smith
Pilots Fly Planes - Fay Robinson
Police Officers Protect People - Carol Greene
Postal Workers Deliver Our Mail - Carol Greene
What Does a Dentist Do? - Heather Miller
What Does A Doctor Do? - Felicia Lowenstein
What Does A Mail Carrier Do? - Lisa Trumbauer
What Does a Teacher Do? - Felicia Lowenstein
What Does a Truck Driver Do? - Lisa Trumbauer
When I Grow Up: The Community Helper Resource Book - Dayle M. Timmons and Kerry Rogers
You're a Community Helper - Karen Bryant-Mole

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Songs, Poems & Fingerplays

Mailing Letters - sung to "The Mulberry Bush"

This is the way we mail a letter,
Mail a letter, mail a letter.
This is the way we mail a letter,
So early in the morning.

I'm a Firefighter - sung to "I'm a little teapot"

I'm a firefighter
Dressed in red,
With my fire hat
On my head.
I can drive the fire truck,
Fight fires, too,
And help to make things
Safe for you.

Arts & Crafts


Make mailboxes out of old shoeboxes. Each child can decorate his/her own box. Names can be added by the children or teacher.

Game Ideas

Do As I Do

Play the game using the occupations of the children's parents. Pretend that you are working at an occupation, such as a carpenter. The children do the same. As everyone is pretending to do a specific job, chant several times, "I'm a carpenter, hammering and sawing." Switch to another occupation, such as a typist. Chant while pretending to type, "I'm a typist, typing, typing, typing, typing." Continue the game using other familiar occupations.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Theme Ideas

My preschool children have been INTERESTED in building so I set up a table in the room with black dirt, rocks, and construction vehicles, I also added the construction hats so they could be the workers.

~Submitted by Michelle from Edmonton, Canada


Begin by showing the photo-illustrated book When I See My Doctor. Invite the children to share their experiences about visits to the doctor's office. If possible, show the children some real medical equipment borrowed from a parent or a local medical office. Then invite each child to create his own doctor's bag. For each child, 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). Have each child glue a red, construction paper cross to the outside of his bag. Use a white crayon to write "Dr. (Child's Name) above the cross. Then provide each of your doctors with some tools to store in his or her bag. Thermometers- Create pretend thermometers by cutting clear plastic straws into halves. Use a permanent black marker to make lines on one side of each straw half.

~Submitted Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Circle Time Idea

Before circle time, gather as many tools as you can that represent the occupations of the parents - hammer, wheel, typewriter, chalk, mailbag, shovel, etc. Let the children identify the tool and then tell in what occupation that tool is used. After circle time, put the safe tools on the Discovery Table so that the children have an opportunity to explore them.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Talk about: Discuss what the children's moms and dads, and other adults wear to work. Why do they wear certain types of clothes? Have different uniforms for the children to see. Maybe they can guess from the uniforms what some of the different jobs are that people have. Are some of the clothes specially designed for safety? For warmth? To be easily seen? Etc.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Post Office Ink

The postmaster cancels mail with an official post office stamper.

-1 tsp. food coloring
-3 TBS. liquid starch
-1 TBS. water

Mix the ingredients to use as ink for rubber stamps. Have the children "cancel mail."

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


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Preschool Community Helpers Theme - Everything Preschool
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