COMMUNITY HELPER THEME FOR PRESCHOOL- Band-Aid Games for a Doctor or Nurse Center in Preschool!
This week’s #playfulpreschool activities are centered around COMMUNITY HELPERS! We hope your own children enjoy learning about all the different people who serve our communities through the jobs they do.
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Books About Doctors and Nurses
Doctors and nurses are important community helpers! Most preschoolers have visited a doctor or a nurse and will have some information about the duties they perform. Doctors and nurses work as a team to help keep members of our families, neighborhoods, and community healthy! Some children may be afraid of going to the doctor (mostly due to immunizations), but reading good books and having conversations about what doctors and nurses do will help!
BAND-AID GAMES – extension activities for a doctor and nurse center in Preschool
Band-Aids – aren’t they just amazing?! Doctors and nurses use bandages to cover and protect many “ouchies” that children have. Preschoolers are fascinated by BAND-AIDS. The more colorful they are, the better they seem to work (even if the “ouchie” is imaginary). We captured a little of the “band-aid love” in our own classroom when developing our doctor and nurse community helper extension games.
Materials Needed: Band-Aids (have parents donate a box for the classroom or many dollar stores sell band-aids in assorted colors/sizes/patterns) and Index Cards.
Band-Aid Size Sorting and Ordering
Invite the children to sort and order the band-aids into small, medium, and large sizes. For younger children: order the band-aids on a blank index card from small to large (or large to small). The children can then sort/order onto a separate card (see photo above).
Band-Aid Matching Cards
Invite the children to sort the band-aids to find matching pairs of different patterns, colors, characters, or sizes. The children can then peel and stick the matching band-aids to separate index cards to play various matching games.
- Go on a scavenger hunt around the classroom or at home. Hide ONE card (of the matching pair) in different locations. Give the children a card and have them locate the match.
- Place all the pairs face down in rows on a table or the floor. The kids can play the matching game (memory style) by turning over two cards at a time to see if they form a match. If the cards do not match, the cards are turned face down and play continues to another player. The game is over when all the band-aid pairs have been found!
- For the classroom (or a homeschool party) – make several matching sets of cards. Give each child a card and have them locate a peer that has the matching size, pattern, color, or character band-aid card.
Patterning with Band-Aids
Set out an assortment of band-aids on a table. Invite the children to use the different colors, patterns, sizes, or characters to form basic patterns! In the photo above, one student used Ninja Turtles, green, and Hello Kitty band-aids to create an ABC pattern. Younger children can use fewer band-aids to create basic patterns (AB, ABC, AABB, etc.) and older children can use a larger variety to create more complex patterns (ABCD, AABBCC, ABBC, etc.) The band-aids do not have to be peeled for patterning, but it’s great fine motor work if there are enough to play with.
Band-Aid Beginning Letters
Invite the children to peel and stick one character band-aid on an index card. The children will most likely know the name of the character, but not the LETTER that the character’s name begins with. Ask the children to say the name of the character and then write (or alphabet stamp) the corresponding beginning letter on the index card. As the children practice and gain confidence, set out cards labeled with just the beginning letter and invite the children to locate the band-aid whose character name corresponds to that letter.
Additional Items Your Kids Will Like for a Doctor or Nurse Pretend Play Center:
More Community Helper Lessons from the #PLAYfulpreschool Education Team:
Rescue the Alphabet Game by Mom Inspired Life
ABC Mail Delivery Service by Tiny Tots Adventures
Making and Delivering Mail by Growing Book by Book
Community Helpers Starting Sounds – #playfulpreschool by Rainy Day Mum
Map Activity for a Community Helpers Preschool Theme by Fun-A-Day!
Community Helpers Police Hat Craft for Preschoolers at Life Over C’s
Road Construction Pretend Play: The Importance of Stop & Go Games for Kids by Still Playing School
Crossing Guard-Learning and Imaginative Play by Capri + 3
Teach About Community Helpers with Role Playing by The Educators’ Spin On It
Join us tonight at 9:00 EST for a Live Google Hangout. We will be sharing fun crafts, learning activities, and movement games for the community helper theme.The event will be recorded and available for viewing afterwards.