Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Community Helpers Activity with Safari Ltd. TOOB

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we are so lucky to have a great working relationship with the replica company Safari Ltd.  we recently got one of their People at Work TOOB to explore and play with.  the set includes: a police officer, an airline pilot, a veterinarian, a postal worker, a construction worker, a chef, and a firefighter.
 
here are our thoughts from the moment we saw it in the catalog:
 
Bear {4} knew *exactly* what he wanted to do with it.  he wanted to talk about all the different aspects of each of their jobs. 
 
i was very impressed that the figures portrayed not only various races, but also promoted gender equality by portraying the airline pilot and veterinarian as women and the chef as man.  this type of thinking is something that i express frequently with Bear... that anyone can be anything they want.
 
to complete our activity, we used:
4 pieces of colored craft foam
various toys and dollhouse pieces corresponding to each profession
critical thinking
 
to set up, i laid out the profession tools out and placed pieces of foam in a semi-circle on our work space.  then i put the figures on the foam.  (most pieces had 2 figures on them.) 

then Bear set out classifying each item in front of each of each profession.  i included various items that could correspond to different figures.  for example: a dog could be cared for by a veterinarian, bark and chase a mail carrier, be a K-9 unit for the police, or a rescue dog for the fire department.  other items that were open-ended were a carrot (vet or chef), warning cones (construction worker or firefighter).  i did this so that not all of the choices were right or wrong. 
do you see the police car and fire engine?  they're from the Safari Ltd On The Road TOOB.

here are some other of our other children's activities using these and other Safari Ltd. products:
 
 
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this product free from Safari Ltd. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

3 comments:

Erin said...

looks fun! thanks for sharing at mom's library!

Tulip TrueAim said...

I love this activity. Young children love to learn the names of different community jobs. They love to learn vocabulary in general. Can't wait to try this with my preschoolers. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

Joyce ChildhoodBeckons said...

I absolutely love the way you think! I don't think I would have ever thought about doing this, but it's perfect! And I loved that you included pieces that could go with several different sets. You're smart. :) Fantastic idea!

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