Littlest Littlesheep is in the Early Years Foundation Stage and this half term they have been covering the ‘People Who Help Us’ topic so I thought I would share our favourite jobs people do resources.
People who Help Us Glove Puppets
These lovely soft People who Help Us glove puppets are suitable from birth and measure 28cm tall (so they can fit on an adults hand too). They come as a set of nine or you can buy them individually depending on your need: fireman, policeman, police lady, postman, nurse, doctor, lollipop man, farmer and keeper (can be either a zoo keeper or a park keeper!). These puppets are a fantastic resource for both role play and teaching about occupations / jobs people do possibly as part of a story sack.
People Who Help Us DVDs
These People who Help Us DVDs each contain four exciting films on one DVD, giving a child’s eye view of key community helpers. DVD 1 contains information about: police, firefighters, postal workers, refuse collectors and recyclers and DVD 2 covers: vets, health workers, car rescuers and dentists and the third DVD in the set (Keeping Healthy Staying Safe) includes covers fire safety, beach / water safety, street safety and how to stay healthy and the people who help keeping us safe. The documentaries have been specially designed for children aged 3-8. They include footage of the ‘People who help us’ in action alongside story-lines following young children as they become assistants to the community helpers for the day returning to school to engage in imaginative ‘jobs people do’ activities including role play and songs. The DVDs include a CD-Rom activities booklet of background notes and imaginative curriculum-linked ideas.
Orchard Toys Pick and Mix People is a fun way to get children thinking about fun game to get children to think about different occupations. Your child can play on your own or with a friend to make the people from their pieces – joining together the head, body and legs to make a whole character – pirate, witch, doctor, scarecrow, queen, footballer, chef, police officer, farmer, pop star, swimmer or fire fighter (or they can mix and match to make funny combinations!).
Jobs People Do
The Jobs People Do book from Usborne books is a lovely story book introducing young children to the world of work. It is a compilation book containing six stories that follow a character through their working day, with plenty of excitement and drama! Read about Tessa the Teacher, Fred the Firefighter, Vicky the Vet, Daisy the Doctor, Frank the Farmer and Sam the Chef going about their daily work. These stories are written with experts in each field, creating an informative yet enjoyable idea of what people do at work. Plus it is beautifully illustrated with Jo Litchfield’s model characters and contains a glossary of useful terms with each story.
Dress Up Puppet Buddies
Possibly my favourite resource are these Puppet Buddies and their dressing up outfits. Basically you take the ‘Mum’ puppet or ‘Dad’ puppet – a medium-sized (60cm tall) puppet that has excellent mouth movement and is ideal for story telling and use it to create a person who helps us. The adult puppets on their own can be used as a lady, a (step) mother, a teacher, a non-uniformed therapist or social worker or with the puppet dressing up clothes to create other people who help us – doctor / vet / dentist, firefighter, lollipop person or police officer.