Places in the community – My Messy Box

Places in the community

Activity

Materials Needed

Introductory Activity

 

  • Drawing block
  • Crayons/colour pencils
  • Glue
  • Community buildings printable (available for download)
  • Dolls or people toy figurines

 

Focused Activity

 

 

Bonus Challenge I

 

 

Bonus Challenge II

 

 

Sensory Play

 

  • Empty container
  • Uncooked rice
  • Food colouring of your choice
  • Cups
  • Spoon
  • Community helpers printable (avaialble for download)
  • Building signs printable (available for download)
  • Double sided tape
  • Other sensory bin accessories: toy vehicles, people figurines, fake trees/plants

 

Introduction : Places in our Community

Objectives

  1. Recognise the different places in a community

  2. Understand where the house is located in relation to the other places in the community

 

Materials Needed

  • Drawing block

  • Crayons/colour pencils

  • Glue

  • Community buildings printable (available for download)

  • Dolls or people toy figurines

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print and cut out the buildings from the printable attached

  • Put them into basket or bowl for child to access later during the activity

 

Activity:

  • Glue the house and one other building onto a part of the drawing block respectively

    • Ensure that the locations of your house and the building reflects their actual position in real life

  • Point out the house and the building to child

    • Prompt child to name the building

    • Draw a pathway or a road to connect the position of the house to that of the building

    • Use a people toy figurine or a doll to demonstrate to child how he/she has walked to/past this place on some occasions. This helps child recall his/her past experiences and understand the activity better

  • Allow child to pick a building from the bowl of buildings

    • Prompt child to identify what the building is

    • Then prompt him to place it on the drawing block in relation to the house and the first building (parent may need to guide)

    • Once the position is right, glue it on

  • Repeat for other buildings

  • Then together with your child, use the crayons to draw and colour in roads, pathways, trees, vehicles, people etc.

  • Once the map is complete, prompt child to demonstrate going from one place to another on the map

    • Example: Show mummy how do you go to school from home

    • Use dolls or people toy figurines

 

 

Focused Activity: My Book of Community Helpers

Objectives

  1. Familiarize child with roles of community helpers through

(i) recognizing and identifying community helpers;

(ii) cutting and pasting relevant pictures belonging to each community helper;

(iii) knowing how names are spelled and finger tracing/pencil tracing them;

(iv) practice writing the names of each community helper freely.

 

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Ask your child what they know of community helpers in the environment. Invite them to name a few common ones that they know (e.g. policeman, doctor, nurse, etc.)

  • Print out My Book of Community Helpers printable available for download.

 

Activity:

  • On the first page of the book, guide your child to write his/her name down.

  • On each page of the book, have your child

> Identify the community helper on each page

> Finger-trace the name of the community helper

> Practice pencil-tracing the name of each community helper

> Practice writing the name of each community helper freely

> Cutting and pasting relevant pictures that belong to each community helper

 

Bonus Challenge I: Community Helpers Bingo

Objectives

1. Put three things in an order according to BINGO predetermined patterns in order to win the game.

2. Take turns with others.

3. Use nouns to refer to ideas and concepts when talking about community helpers on the BINGO cards.

4. Follow 2-step verbal instructions.

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print out different BINGO cards for each child/player plus a call sheet. Cut out the call sheets and put the rectangles into a hat or bowl. You may wish to laminate the cards for extra durability and for future use.

 

Activity:

  • Hand out one BINGO card to each child/player (each card should be different).

  • The caller should pull out one image square, describe it and show it to the child/rest.

  • Your child may place stickers/coins/pom pom balls or something similar on the called image if it’s on their card.

  • Once a predetermined pattern is made on a card, the person with that card calls out “BINGO!”

  • Extension: try and guess where do each community helper on the bingo card works at.

 

Bonus Challenge II: Job Paths

Objectives

  1. Use “one more” and “one less” for quantities up to 5 or more (e.g. 5 is one more than 4).

  2. Count reliably, one object at a time up to a collection of 5 or more.

  3. Know and show that the quantity of a set up to 5 or more s the “same” irrespective of starting point of counting.

  4. Compare length of objects and use appropriate comparative vocabulary (e.g. long/short).

  5. Use non-standard units to measure length and make comparisons.

 

Materials Needed

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print out the Job Paths Activity Sheet available for download.

 

Activity:

  • Guide your child to count the stops it takes to get each community helper to their workplace.

  • Next, have him/her write the numeral in the squares provided and number name in the rectangles provided.

  • Extension: Get your child to identify who took the most number of stops to get to work versus the community helper who took the least number of stops and get him/her to measure the difference.

 

 

 

Sensory Play : Community Sensory Bin

Objectives

  1. Recall the different places in a community

  2. Understand and follow through 2-step instructions

  3. Associate places to specific job types

 

Materials Needed

  • Empty container

  • Uncooked rice

  • Food colouring of your choice

  • Cups

  • Spoon

  • Community helpers printable (available for download)

  • Building signs printable (available for download)

  • Double sided tape

  • Other sensory bin accessories: toy vehicles, people figurines, fake trees/plants

 

Directions

Prep:

  • Print and cut out community helpers printable

  • Print and cut out building signs printable

  • Using double sided tape, tape the building signs to the cups (right way up). These will be the pretend buildings in the community

    • Number of cups should correspond to the number of buildings you wish to have in your sensory bin

  • Dye uncooked rice using food colouring of your choice

    • To dye rice, watch this video (link to dying sensory base video)

  • Once the coloured rice is dry, pour it into an empty container for the following activities

 

Activity 1:

  • Allow child to place the pretend buildings into the bin, one at a time

  • As he/she does so, say out the name of the building and prompt child to repeat

  • Once all the pretend buildings are in the sensory bin, give 2-step instructions to your child

    • Example: Scoop a spoonful of rice and pour it into the fire station

  • Repeat for the remaining buildings. This reinforces your child to recall which pretend building is which and at the same time incorporate some word recognition skills

 

Activity 2:

  • Include the community helpers into the sensory play

  • Discuss with child who he/she thinks these community helpers are and where they work at

  • Then prompt child to place each community helper into their corresponding pretend building