Community Helpers: Activities & Crafts

Instructor: Tanieka Ricks
In this lesson, you'll explore how students use creative arts and craft activities to relate to community helpers. Be prepared to embrace how these activities promote life skills and entertainment.

Overview of Arts and Crafts Activities

Arts and crafts activities can provide students with a hands-on way to learn about the different kinds of community helpers they may encounter in their everyday lives, including their roles. Community helpers include doctors, firefighters, guidance counselors, and police officers. In general, arts and crafts activities can be used in a classroom, daycare or home setting to promote eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. They can also help students develop patience, boost self-esteem, and provide creative time with adults or teachers. Below is a list of arts and craft activities, through which students can explore the different types and responsibilities of some common community helpers.

Address Craft Activity

The address craft activity can teach students in grades 1-3 how to remember and write their address, an essential piece of information should they become lost or need to use snail mail. It can also help them understand how police officers assist people or mail carriers work their routes. Materials include an envelope, a pre-made sheet of fake stamps, scissors, colored pencils, and glue.


  1. Choose an envelope and a sheet of stamps.
  2. Use a colored pencil to write your name on the first line.
  3. Use another colored pencil to write your apartment or house number and street name on the second line.
  4. Use a different colored pencil to write your city, state, and zip code on the third line.
  5. Cut out the stamp and paste it on the right corner of the envelope.

Fire Truck Box

This activity is designed to help students in grades preschool through kindergarten identify the different parts of a fire truck and how they are helpful to a firefighter. To make a fire truck, you'll need a cardboard box, four paper plates, three paintbrushes, construction paper, scissors, and glue; you'll also need some red and black paint. When complete, the fire truck can also be used to store art supplies, clothes, or toys.


  1. Paint the cardboard box red and let it dry.
  2. Paint the four paper plates black and let them dry.
  3. Cut two headlights and fenders from white construction paper.
  4. Glue them to one end of the box.
  5. Cut a windshield and windows from light blue construction paper.
  6. Glue them to the other end of the box.
  7. Cut four wheels from the black construction paper.
  8. Glue the wheels to the bottom of the box.
  9. Cut two ladders from the brown or orange construction paper.
  10. Cut two hoses from black construction paper.
  11. Glue one ladder and one hose to each side of the box.

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