Friday, January 6, 2012

When I Grow Up... Jobs from A to Z!

We spent the month of December exploring different jobs people do and discussing what we want to be when we grow up. This is such a fun topic to share with preschool children...

Here is a list of some of the activities we offered to support their exploration of this topic.

In the block area we set out hard hats, blueprints, Home Depot aprons, and the play work bench.

In the dramatic play area we set out lots of different career costumes. For example, Police Officer Role Play Costume Set , the astronaut costume, and Chef Role Play Costume Set .

The sensory table was filled with Snap Blocks with Building Base , nuts and bolts, and other materials for creating machines or any other invention.

Having a job means learning about money, so we put out calculators and play money in the math area together with money sorting mats.

My groups love to play "Teacher" so I added some "teacher" types props to the language and literacy area.

At the easel in the art area, we had Berets and mini painters palettes with water color paints in them.

In the science area we set up a color lab. The lab offered the children the chance to experiment with colors. There were coffee filters and test tubes of  Liquid Watercolor with pipettes. The children had white lab coats and safety Goggles to wear.

Here is one of my little friends experimenting at the science table! Not only was he experimenting with the colors he was also experimenting with the goggles... Hmm, wonder what happens if you squirt this stuff on the goggle!

These are some of the books we read during our "Careers Unit".


I love to do a writing activity where the children get to answer "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I ask them to draw a picture of themselves doing the job they would like when they grow up. I then write their responses on each child's page. Here is a Free Copy of our When I Grow Up Activity sheet. My favorite answer, "I want to be a doctor and a McDonald's worker." Too funny!