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Talk with your child about the jobs that members of your family do. Then invite her to draw pictures showing these family members at work. Remind her to include a picture of herself doing a job, such as picking up her toys or helping to set the table. When your child has finished, staple her pictures together with a colorful cover to make a book for her to "read" to you.

Look in magazines and catalogs for pictures of various workers and cut them out. (You can assign jobs to people not in uniforms: for instance, a woman in a suit could be an office worker or a man dressed in jeans could be a handyman.) Give the pictures to your child and let him glue them on paper to make a collage.

Show your child several tools that different workers would use, such as a hammer for a carpenter, a rolling pin for a baker, a stapler for an office worker, a comb for a hairdresser, and a paintbrush for a painter.
Using a marker, trace around each of the tools on a large piece of paper. Invite your child to place the tools on top of their outlines.

Explain to your child that Labor Day is a holiday that honors workers everywhere, giving them a day off to have fun. It's also the last big holiday of the summer. Ask your child to recall some of the jobs she did over the summer. Can she think of something new that she learned how to do? What was her favorite?


Make up a worker prop box, and let your child use it for dramatic play. Here are a few suggestions.
Baker: Play dough, cookie cutters, plastic knife, baking sheet, muffin tin, oven mitt, birthday candles.
House Cleaner: Sponge, bucket, spray bottle, dust cloth, feather duster, small broom, dustpan.
Gardener: Gloves, trowel, small rake and shovel, watering can, kneepads, seed packets.
Tune: "Frere Jacques"

When I'm grown up, when I'm grown up,
Big and tall, big and tall,
I will be a teacher,
I will be a teacher,
When I'm big, when I'm tall.
Elizabeth Scofield

Invite your child to substitute the kind of worker he wants to be for "teacher."


Let your child help with the work of preparing a snack for the two of you, doing such tasks as slicing a banana with a plastic knife or pouring juice into cups. Also encourage her to help with setting the table and cleaning up when snacktime is over, if you wish.