As you introduce this community helper puppet craft, discuss with children the various community helpers they have learned about.
For example- a mail carrier, firefighter, doctor, nurse, or police officer to name a few!
Choosing smaller rectangles for the arms, carefully glue and slide them under the uniform and between the paper bag.
Grab another large rectangle for the hat and make a small fold to represent the bill of the hat. Add some googly eyes and grab some markers to accessorize! The mail carrier got some creative added features as it was pointed out that a mail bag to deliver the letters was needed.
Inside: During our community helpers theme, we focused on the post office and firefighters, since those can be most meaningful for this age group. The community helpers theme is a fun way to explore different careers grown ups have.
Come see how we set up our toddler and preschool classroom with fun activities. We focus on firefighters and the post office during this theme because it’s usually most meaningful to young children.Young children see the mail truck delivering envelopes and packages every day.They’ve also probably been to the post office a few times with parents to drop off packages.For our firefighter, we followed the same steps as the described for the mail carrier.We then added more accessories with yellow paper- a belt and signage for the hat was a must!For example, a semicircle for the hands, small rectangles for the arms, or ovals for the shoes.Start off by choosing the large rectangle to represent the community helper’s uniform.Once your community helper puppets are created, it’s time to play!We had so much fun role playing with our community helpers.These community helper puppets encourage creativity and reinforce shape identification.They are great additions to a dramatic play center!