Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We play: Community Helpers

Isn't it great when the topics you are reading about spontaneously pop up in your child's play? We've been reading a lot of books about Community Helpers lately.

And this is the kind of play I've been seeing:

Logan likes to help daddy take out the trash. Instead of carrying the trash bags over and setting them by the door, he put them into his "dump truck" and played garbage man.

He also likes to play vet. I gave him a doctor kit and a few stuffed animals. He gave them shots and listened to their heartbeats.

We've been playing grocery store as well. He likes to work the cash register but doesn't like to stock the shelves.

Next week, I'm going to set up a post office for him. Just a simple shoe box mail box, a tote for carrying mail, some boxes for sorting mail, and stickers and paper for writing and stamping mail. We'll be making lot of Valentines this way!

I love that he is building comprehension of what we are reading through play.

Some of the books we used in our community helpers theme were suggested by other bloggers so I have to give a big shout out to Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns (who has a link up of book reviews every week) and to Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile. If you don't follow these blogs yet, you have to check them out!
Do you have a favorite community helper book?


  1. Thank you for the shout out :) I like to see the pretend play in your house. I was just thinking yesterday how the boys seem to have a lot more involved pretend play that revolves around jobs while girls love to be mommies and cooks. This week we had a great "My Town" Usborne book - it was a great hit. I will write more about it on Sat, but I highly recommend it.

  2. We love the Usborne community helper series : "Vicky the Vet", "Fred the Firefighter", "Sam the Chef", and "Daisy the Doctor" they are the best. My two girls ask for them again and again -- I've been reading them over and over for the past 4 years and I'm not sick of them yet. The clay animation style illustrations are really neat and have fun details that my girls both love!!

  3. We have loved playing many of these things, too and highly recommend the series like this book - http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Garbage-Truck-Working-Wheels/dp/1404818596/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1295993913&sr=8-1 to transition from helpers to vehicles. My kids loved these books!

    Right now, though, they are loving snow and groundhogs. My son keeps stuffing his jammies to be a fat groundhog going to hibernate. I love how play is learning!

  4. My favorite community helpers are firemen and policemen. I think they have a very hard job and I hate to see all of them being cut as cities tighten their belts. Thanks for stopping by waddleeahchaa.com. joyce :)

  5. Love how you're helping your son make connections to the real world through literature!