Looking for a fun learning center that will help your students think about community workers? Try these free sorting mats!
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Recently I released a community helpers theme pack. Included in that pack is a giant set of community helper sorting mats. Today I’m sharing a free sample!
Your download comes with four sorting mats and six pictures for each mat.
How to assemble
1. Print the mats and cards.
2. Laminate. (This is our favorite home laminator!)
3. Cut apart the cards.
4. If desired, attach clear Velcro dots to the mats and cards. Attach the cards to each mat for storage.
5. To play, take out two or more mats. Remove the cards and mix them up. Have your child name the pictures and determine where the pictures belong.
My Three has learned a lot about community helpers in the last month, as we’ve spent many hours reading over a hundred books about community helpers! All that reading has really helped him expand his vocabulary.
These mats provided an opportunity to use that knowledge.
He could identify most, but not all, of the pictures by himself.
Doing these sorting mats together is such a great activity for him! He has to identify the pictures, think about how the objects are used, and determine which community helpers would use them.
There was lots of critical thinking going on!
Your download comes with four mats: firefighter, police officer, baker, and mail carrier. My Community Helpers theme pack comes with a total of 24 mats and card sets! I pulled out some from the theme pack, as he kept requesting more of them.
I chose mats that were easy to contrast: farmer and nurse, for example.
Hairdresser and grocer was another easy contrast.
We finished with artist and garbage collector.
These sorting mats are wonderful for at-home learning or for a center activity in a preschool classroom. Download the sample set below. If you’re doing a full community helpers theme, I recommend buying the full pack! These sorting mats are just one piece of a GIANT set of resources for preschool and kindergarten. You can learn more about the pack here.