- This is My Town: Little Critters (I Can Read: My First) by Mercer Mayer
- Helpers in My Community
- Whose Hands Are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book (Millbrook Picture Books)
You need to start with your home before branching out o the community. Preschoolers are egocentric, and they must start from the familiar to learn. Since my boys were not very into drawing at this time, so I had them collect the tons of tiny sticks in our front yard and used them to construct our house. This activity helped with observation skills and shape identification.Shape HouseMaterials:
- foam sheets (cut into different shapes)
Painting our Community
- Mural paper
- green washable paint
- Children's Foam Rollers
- black construction paper for roads
Our House in our community
My kids don't like to draw yet, so they dictated to me what they wanted to include and I drew the items. The boys practiced scissor skills by cutting them out. Be sure to have a discussion about this because your children may surprise you at how observant they are! I planned on just drawing our house, but the boys insisted we put our trees, driveway, garage, cars, and sidewalk on the map. I had to draw the line somewhere when they wanted to put the tiny flowerpots on our front porch on the map. We ended up adding the park down the street from us because it was so important to the boys!
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