I LOVE making community helper patterns for kiddos to make. They are probably my favorite to create! While there are quite a few patterns to cut and glue together, I promised you, your kids will love their finished project! These community helper cuties are just under two feet tall when finished and may even feel actual size for some of your kids (as you can see in the picture below!). They definitely are a great addition to any community helper unit and will get kids excited about learning about what different helpers do. Did I mention they come with both a boy and girl option? That’s right, they do!
With these patterns you could do one helper as a whole group (definitely the easier choice because each kid would get the same patterns) or talk to each student individually and have them pick out their choice of community helper and print patterns based on that. The second option is great if you are looking to make a bulletin board along the lines of, “When I grow up I want to be…” and would show the range of choices your student’s pick out. Here are a few community helper examples complete by some of my favorite at home daycares (you guys rock for sharing pictures with me!):Farmer Cut and PasteFireman Cut and PasteNurse Cut and PasteDoctor Cut and Paste Please note: Hair was changed in this picture and is different in the actual pattern. Policeman Cut and PasteTeacher Cut and PasteHere is my Community Helper Bundle (at a discounted priced for all 10). You can find it here.
Now let me introduce you to my newest community helper, the Veteran Soldier!
This cut and paste project will be great for Veteran’s Day and holds a special place in my heart as my husband is in the Marine Corp Reserves and was previously active duty. It is so important to teach our children about the commitment and sacrifices these men and women make to keep our country safe and hopefully this project acts as an aid in teaching them about that on Veteran’s Day.
I am currently working on a version of this with a writing prompt/letter to our soldiers that will be a great addition to care packages for these remarkable men and women. I know when my husband received letters from children at schools, it brought him happiness at hard times. Also be on the lookout for more community helpers for Veteran’s Day soon (ex: Marine, Navy, Air Force, etc.)You can grab the cut and paste version here.