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Printable Community Helper Hats
It’s fun “trying on” different ways to be a community helper!
I’m super excited to share these free printable community helper hats with you today! You can use these in a variety of ways:
- Let each child choose one hat to color and wear home.
- Make a class set and laminate them.
- Include just one hat at a time as part of a dedicated unit or activity, such as the firefighter hat for Fire Safety Month and the Chef hat for a cooking activity*.
- Play a game with the hats (see below).
- For children who dislike coloring, you could offer paint and a wider brush to decorate the hats.
(*Of course keep paper hats away from the oven and stove!)
You can show your students photographs of real people in these professions to give them an idea of what is realistic. However, definitely let kids choose the colors they want for these.
Kids can color these hats red, yellow, or black. You can help them add in an abbreviation for your local fire department. If you have silver kid-friendly pens let them add some reflective accents.
Police Officer Hats
Grab all your blue crayons or markers for these hats. Typical accents will be in yellow, gold, or silver.
While yellow and orange are typical, construction helmets come in many colors. It’s fun to color this one with a highlighter pen!
You can talk about why construction workers need to wear hard helmets, and how a bright color might keep them safe.
Related: Construction Alphabet Activity
Since chef hats are typically white, you may want to color the band a contrasting color. Kids can even draw favorite foods around the band.
These would be a fun hat to make available in your kitchen dramatic play area.
For these hats you also may like to color in the band and leave the hat white except for a red cross.
Mail Carrier Hats
If you have some flag stickers you could offer them for decorating these mail carrier hats.
Playing post office can incorporate some early literacy activities. For instance, you can write students’ names on envelopes, and have children deliver them to the correct cubby.
Farmer or Cowboy Hats
You can talk to the kids about why farmers and ranchers are important and why a good hat is important when you work outdoors. Brown, black, and white or beige would be the most common realistic colors here.
Related: Farm Activities for the Classroom
FBI Agent Caps
While most of us won’t come into contact with the FBI in our daily lives, they sure are interesting! That leaves room for lots of fun dramatic play.
These hats are usually navy blue with yellow or white letters.
I have a few different military hats for you. There is a camouflage hat that you can adapt to several different branches of the military. Your color choice will depend on the soldier’s job too. Green, khaki, and blue seem to be the most common. You can talk about the reason for camouflage and how that compares to camouflage in the animal world.
There are also Air Force and Marine Caps that you can print for your kids to wear. These look more like dress uniform style. You can talk about how soldiers have different uniforms for different situations and ranks.
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