Being a Helper

A hand held broom and dust pan teaching kids how to be helpers

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to develop increasing care for self, others, and the environment.

Materials Needed:

  • The story “The Little Red Hen” (Click Here if you don’t have the book available)
  • Paper and writing utensils
  • Plastic jar or container

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction, and 2 or more participants/players


  1. Read the book “The Little Red Hen” or watch it read online Click Here
  2. Discuss with your child how the animals felt throughout the story.
  3. Brainstorm with your child ways they can help in the home, at school, or in the community.
  4. Create a “help jar” together. Write down ways to help others on individual pieces of paper and put them in a jar. Every day or week, have your child pull out one of the pieces of paper and commit to completing the helpful task.
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Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons
In 1986, our founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. On-site centers became one way we responded to help employees – and organizations -- work better. Today we offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that power many of the world's best brands
A hand held broom and dust pan teaching kids how to be helpers