Plumbers are one of the most outwardly under-appreciated community helpers out there. I mean, I think we would all agree (in private, of course). Check out these free ways to learn about plumbers and appreciate them a little more as well.
How much do we want to let the world know that our plumber did an amazing job at unclogging our nasty drain? “Our plumber did great after I overflowed the toilet!” You will never hear that said out loud.
Whatever it is, plumbers actually make our lives a lot easier and they save us out of really sticky (stinky) situations. Ha! – see what I did there? What they do, no one else wants to do. We have to appreciate this.
In fact, teaching children about plumbing is an awesome way for you to start your kids thinking about skills that really matter in life. Community helpers are amazing – of course.
However, teaching your children about plumbers means your children are can actually learn about skills that will help them as adults.
Even young learners can start developing skills that can progress as they get older. For instance, since little ones are fascinated with water you can begin your lessons by explaining what is OK and not OK to do in the sink and bathroom.
Teach what you shouldn’t flush in toilets and what you can flush. While your children are brushing their teeth, you can explain why it is wise to shut the water off while they are doing so. Especially for people like me, who get water from a water tank.
Older kids can learn how to plunge the toilet or sink if it gets clogged. You can teach them when, where, and why to shut off the water in the event of an emergency.
Plumbing is definitely an important part of our well-being and lifestyle at home. We need clean water and safe ways for waste disposal.
I recently did contract work with The Waste and Water Authority in the country where I live. They are currently working on their water systems. Right now, in the city, if there is a leak the whole pipe system has to be shut off.
There is an ongoing project working on sectioning off the water pipe systems so if there is a leak, they would only have to shut off a section of the system. In a first-world country, issues like these have already been taken care of, but we are still behind.
Whether you live in a large first-world country or a tiny island like where I live, plumbers are equally important and equally valuable to our way of life. Our kids should definitely understand this truth even if it’s engaging and fun educational ways.
Check out these free ways to learn about community helpers: plumbers!
Find out some basic facts about the plumbing industry:
10 Crazy Plumbing Facts You Didn’t Know! | Rooter Hero
12 Plumbing Facts You Probably Never Knew | Oliver Heat Cool
10 Fun Facts About Plumbing | Patterson Plumbing
Plumbing facts for kids | Kids.Kiddle
6 Facts About Plumbing – It’s More Interesting Than You May Think! | Ford’s Plumbing and Heating
8 Weird-But-True Things You Should Know About Plumbing | Good Housekeeping
15 Fun Facts: Plumbing | Timothy of Heating
Community Helpers (Plumber Occupation) | ESL/EFL Elementary Teachers
Teach kids about the history of plumbing:
Plumbing History and Info. | Wiki.Kidz
Roman Aqueducts: The Dawn of Plumbing | Kids Discover
Watch videos about plumbers and what they do.
Making plumbers out of children | Jolly Plumbing
Let’s Play: Plumber | ZeeKay Junior
Jobs and Occupations for Kids – What Do They Do | Fun Kids English
Explore dramatic play for plumbing works:
Dramatic Play and Prop Boxes | Child Care Lounge
50 Ideas for Pretend Play | Growing Play
Dress Up Jobs: Plumbers | Things to Share and Remember
Have fun with activities all about plumbing and tools:
PVC Pipe Physics For Kids | Fun-a-Day
Learn Problem Solving with the Community Helper for P (P is for Plumbing) | Life with More Babies
Video Game Plumber Themed Dice Game FREE Printable | Help, My Kids are Bored
“Where Does the Water Go?” Investigating Pipes and Plumbing | Illinois Early Learning Project
Make a PVC Pipe Water Shooter Toy | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Fountain—or Leaky Pipes Project Activity | Sand and Water Tables
Plumber Crafts and Projects:
Plumber Paper Craft | DLTK-Kids
Plumbing Projects for Kids: Water Science | Mr. Rooter Plumbing
Check out our resources on Community helpers for a complete unit.
It wouldn’t hurt for us to send a thank you note to our plumber. How about baking some cookies and taking them over to the shop?
We can’t get very far without plumbers to help us when we need them. Let’s help our kids appreciate community helpers around us including the much-needed helpers in the plumbing industry.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!