People in my World

Help your child explore jobs and what people do in the community!

For this Activity you will need:

  • The book: What Will I Be? by James Levin
  • Notepad
  • Marker
  • Apron
  • Plastic fire hat
  • Play stethoscope
  • Play money
  1. Show your child the book, What Will I Be? and talk with her about the picture on the cover. Tell her that the book is about different jobs people do. Read the book to her, talking about the pictures as you read.
  2. When finished, talk about the jobs of the adults she knows.
  3. Next, ask your child which of the jobs she would like to be when she grows up.
  4. Tell her that you are going to play pretend. Show her the items. Talk about how to use them to pretend to be the people in the story or people she knows. Some ways the items could be used:
    • Use the apron, the notepad, the marker and the play money to be a waitress in a restaurant. Let your child pretend to take your order, bring you your "food", and take the money from you.
    • Have her put on the fire hat and pretend to be a firefighter. Let her pretend to make a siren sound, bring you to safety, and put out the "fire."
    • Play "doctor" and "patient." Pretend to be sick and let her use the stethoscope to listen to your chest. Then have her pretend to write a prescription for your medicine.
    • Have her wear the apron to be a baker. Help her pretend to mix some dough, knead it, roll it out, and put it in a pretend oven to bake. Use the money to be a customer buying some baked goods from the baker.

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Use other items from your home to act out different jobs.
  • Point out different people you see when you are away from home and talk about the jobs they are doing. (cashier in a grocery store, hairdresser, police officer, construction worker)

Background Information:

Social Studies (the study of people) involves:

  • Understanding how people live today and lived in the past.
  • Talking about people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Knowing how people work, solve problems, and get along with others.
  • Talking about self, family members, neighborhood and the community.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help build your child’s social studies skills by doing this activity.

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