It’s important for young kids to have knowledge of different community helpers that serve their city.
We recently learned about police officers and the role they play in our city.
After reading a few books and talking about the different roles a police officer plays, I gave the girls a police station pretend play kit I had created. They had a sign, badges, and notebooks for writing tickets.
I was able to create everything from items already in our craft supplies and our recycle bin.
To create the badges, I found some sturdy cardboard. I cut out both a star and a badge shape. I glued the star on top of the badge then covered the entire thing with aluminum foil. I traced around the star with a Sharpie to help it stand out more. I then taped it to a yarn necklace so the girls could hang their badges around their necks.
To create the notebooks, I cut a couple of extra squares of cardboard. I then attached some notebook paper I had cut to size with staples across the top.
To complete the set up, I provided pens, an old baby phone, old baby keys, and a couple of stuffed dogs to play the role of our K-9 helpers. Aren’t they cute?
To add an additional element to our play, I wrote out several scenarios of police cases for the girls to solve. Then play commenced.
Case # 85085: Abbie came to the police station to report a lost cat. You need to find it!
Oh my! A lost cat! The detectives were off. They grabbed their K-9’s and went to interview Abbie’s neighbors. You’ll be relieved to know that the cat was found… several times.
Here’s one of our lovely detectives with her K-9 that was helping sniff out clues to find several stolen boxes of candy from the grocery store.
Waiting by the phone, ready to go solve our next case!
I’ve provided a print-out of our police cases that we solved. You’re welcome to print these and use them for your own police station pretend play. Have fun!
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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.