Children begin identifying with career choices quite early, I’m discovering. Daily, our two year old goes to the playroom and asks for his ‘Struction Worker costume. He’ll happily wear it for hours.
What will they become when they grow up? I often wonder. It’s worth developing their understanding about various occupations early on, I think.
Lately we’ve brought the world of community helpers home with friendly puppets, puzzles, and picture books. Whether you have a toddler or a preschooler, they love talking about careers and occupations. Open-ended play is ideal for developing their understanding of their world and letting them role-play at various community helper jobs.
Visit my guest post at the Melissa & Doug blog – it’s all about our Conversations with Community Helpers – find out more about how to use these open-ended toys to discuss careers, occupations, and community helpers with kids!
This is a partnered post with Melissa & Doug. All opinions are my own.