We are at a moment in time when we are all incredibly appreciative of our key workers and community workers. Many of them play a vital role within the local community all the time, and are un-sung. From the teachers, to the bin men, to the policemen and the medical workers; we need to remember everything they do all the time. This is why I have put together a set of 25+ key worker appreciation activities and ideas! Celebrate the key worker heroes; always, not just for now. Take a look and see if there are any of these that you might like to have a go at with the kids?
25+ key worker appreciation activities to do with kids
Naturally, I am starting with a couple of my own activities. But there are loads of ideas for you here – from printables to games, and wonderful crafts. It covers lots of different community workers too, so I hope you find the job that is most relevant to you:
- We have to kick off with the thank you poster that my daughter designed for me at the age of 14,
- Looking to be an engineer, then another home design is this set of Maths nets which will help you build a hospital,
- And the last KiddyCharts resource before we spread the net a little wider, is this nurse/doctor community worker dress up doll; we also have ones for policeman, construction workers, and firemen!
- Looking for a thank you to firefighters – then how about this footprint and handprint one from Fun Handprint Art,
- This is an amazing workbook covering loads of different community helps from 3 Dinosaurs; it includes 49 pages with lots of excellent activities for ages 2 to 10!
- Worksheets for community helpers from Artsy Momma are a lovely little activity idea for the kids. These are aimed at preschoolers,
- Simple Fun for Kids has community workers as a theme for a bit of handwriting practise
- Free Printable Worksheets for Kids has these lovely activity ideas to help with beginning sounds for words based on firefighters,
- Do your kids like a bit of logical thinking? This logic puzzle has a community worker theme from Our Family Code
- If you are looking for more firefighting fun, then Fluffy Tots has some shape tracing on the same theme. She has a few different firefighter printables in fact, so go check them out,
- If you are looking at dressing up, and need a hat, why not check out Totschooling? They have a few free printable paper hats for you to colour in and then add to whatever other costumes you might have. There are 10 different occupations including nurses, doctors, and firefighters,
- Language learning is so much easier when you are younger, and these Spanish flash cards on a community theme will definitely help from Look We’re Learning if you are trying to teach your kids another language,
- The Preschool Toolbox Blog has created some band aid games around doctors and nurses,
- Dominos is one of my favourite games – and Rainy Day Mum has made a dominos game based on community helpers,
- This is something a little more substantial with 32 pages of activities around firemen from Homeschool Preschool,
- Kids love matching , so these community helper puzzles from Totschooling are a great idea for keeping them occupied,
- Or So She Says has an excellent lesson around respecting police officers that is well worth doing with the children. The lesson comes with printable thank you cards for police officers,
- Science is always so much fun, so why not try out this science-based firefighter activity from the Preschool Toolbox Blog,
- For a little bit of Alphabet fun, why not try to help the firefighters put out fires with letter on Totschooling site with their fun game,
- To help kids with their beginning letter sounds, Rainy Day Mum created this rather cute community worker activity. You’ll need some magnetic letters to play along with this one,
- Encourage emergent readers with these colouring pages from Simple Fun for Kids,
- For scissors practise, Simple Fun for Kids has this snip and sort activity for toddlers based around policemen,
Perhaps after you have looked at some of these activities you might want to have a discussion about what your children would like to be when they grow up? If so, then why not take a look at these activities and ideas too?
When I grow up….
- If you little one isn’t sure what they would like to do when they grow up (who is?) – perhaps this charades game around jobs from Mosswoood Connections might help them choose a job?!
- The Wise Owl Factory has taken this a little further with some posters so that you can get your little ones to dress up as what they want to be and take a picture with their certificates. Something to keep and treasure. There are 55 different careers to choose from too.
- Flash cards are a really useful way to teach kids about job roles, and School Time Snippets has some free ones to give away alongside a few games to play with them too.
There are so many excellent ideas here – you should be able to keep the kids busy for weeks; well at least over five minutes anyway….
Finally though – you you want to thank your key worker, and don’t know how to – what about using these thank you cards?
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