What Job Do You Want Charades
Picture Book Extension Activity
“When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.” – Fred Rogers
Preschoolers and toddlers love pretending and they love pretending to be their favorite community helpers. We were reading Lola Goes to Work by Marcia Goldman when we inspired to combine two of our favorite things: pretend and playing charades.
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Inspiration that came from a picture book
In Lola Goes to Work: A Nine-to-Five Therapy Dog, we meet Lola, a little terrier with a big job. Children will identify with the feisty Lola as she struggles to go to school, passing tests, and finally achieving her Big Dog dream job.
Lola takes her job as a therapy dog very seriously. This is just one type of community helper. Children will love to explore other jobs and community helpers by playing pretend.
Play this What Job Do You Want? Charades game for a fun way to explore different jobs.
Lola knows what she wants to do as a grown up. She wants to be a therapy dog. But there are a lot of fun and important jobs out there. Whatever job your child decides to do when they grow up they will have lots of fun exploring different jobs while they play with their friends.
To Play the Jobs Charade Game:
Download the PDF Version here. Cut out the job cards. Have the children choose a card and act out the job they picked. For young players, pick a card and act out the different jobs together. For older kids, you can have them draw cards and act out the job they choose while the others guess what they are! Talk about the different types of jobs. Some are community helpers, others are artistic. talk about what jobs they like the best and why.
More Printable Charades Games:
Fun Stuff to Do has a long list of free printable charade cards. They have both categories and blank cards so you can make your own.
Charades Ideas has a Charade Card Idea generator. Choose a category and the number of cards that you want and print.