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Jobs in Your Neighborhood

Learn about jobs in your neighborhood and talk to your child about what he might want to do someday.


  • Paper
  • Crayons and/or markers


  1. With your child, take a walk around the neighborhood and point out people that you see doing their jobs such as a police officer, baker, or mail carrier.
  2. Ask a few of them to describe what they do and how they help people by doing their jobs.
  3. When you get home, draw pictures of the people that you spoke to and talk about their jobs.
  4. Ask your child which jobs he would want to do and why.

Talk About It

Ask your child to describe which job he would like to act out, and talk about what materials he will need and how he will pretend to do that job. For example, if he wants to be a chef, he will need pretend food to cook. Introduce vocabulary words such as apron, recipe, and spatula.

Take It Further

With your child, talk about some of his favorite things to do and think of some things he may want to be when he grows up. If you child likes to build with blocks, maybe he would want to be an architect. If he likes to draw, maybe he would want to become an illustrator.

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