This week we have been learning all about community helpers. This theme is one of our favorites. It is a lot of fun to teach and the kids always have a lot of fun learning about the helpers in their community.
Community Helpers Family Project
We added a new family project to our community helpers theme this year. Every child took home a basic outline of a person. Attached to the outline was a note asking families to work together to turn the outline into what the child wants to be when they grow up. The final products were all special and unique, just like each of the kids.
This was a great family project. It allowed parents the opportunity to talk with their child about their future goals and dreams, as well as the chance to be creative and use their imagination as a family. We would highly recommend doing a project like this in your classroom!
Community Helpers Video
We found The Berenstain Bears On The Job on YouTube and let our kids watch it. The video was not too long but gave the kids a good glimpse at some different community helpers.
Community Helper Visitors
We had a few special visitors come to our classroom to talk to the kids about their jobs. A policeman and some firemen were able to come visit our class and talk to the kids. This is a special experience for all the kids, being able to hear firsthand what these people do everyday. If you study community helpers in your class, take the time to call your local police and fire stations and ask if they are able to send someone to come speak to your class. It is a great experience and makes for a fun day!
We had a brand new sensory table this week full of cloud dough. The cloud dough has been a huge hit! Angie found this recipe a few years ago and has been making it ever since. All you need to make your own cloud dough is flour and vegetable oil. It is that easy!
To make your own cloud dough, combine 1/4 cup vegetable oil with 2 cups flour and mix. The consistency is similar to moon sand but a bit softer.
Originally I had planned to dye the moon sand pink (our color of the week). The recipe called for oil-based food coloring which I did not have. I tried gel food coloring and it did not work. If you choose to dye your cloud dough, you will need to use the oil-based food coloring.
We hope you have enjoyed reading about our community helper activities. Check back Friday for more fun with this week’s five for Friday post!