Community Helpers & their vehicles

Having a mixed aged group is always interesting.Crafting can be challenging (not impossible), but challenging. Sometimes it takes a bit of a push to get the kids excited about various activities. Somehow, however, we always come together (and have fun too).
In March we learned all about community helpers. It was (so far) the most popular unit of all. The kids were so excited every time they saw a Police, Ambulance, garbage truck, or Fire truck pass by. They also loved being on the look-out for the city bus. 

To finish off our fun book of the month activities, each child received a gift of his/her very own. I gift wrapped a community helper vehicle for each child and simply placed it at his/her place, and waited for mealtime.  
It took everything out of me not to go with the typical vehicles (police car, ambulance etc), but, we already have those in our dayhome anyway. 
What made it easy was the fact that the ones I choose are very easy to distinguish, so there shouldn't be any issues or fights about ownership...well, I hope not.
What did we learn about community helpers? Among other things, we learnt that they help to keep our communities clean and safe. We learnt that some community helpers wear uniforms, while others do not. 
From our visit to the firehall, we learnt that the firefighters live at the firehouse when they are on duty (everyone thought that was cool). We also talked about the Police, nurses, and Drs, and how they keep us safe.
And of course we know that 911 is the number for all emergencies. 

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