These free ways to learn about garbage collectors as community helpers will be a great way to appreciate these unsung heroes with our homeschool kids.
DO NOT forget your garbage haulers when thinking about community helpers. You definitely notice how much you need them when they aren’t around.
Let your garbage collectors not come around for a week or two and you will realize just how important they are.
One thing I will never forget is just how important garbage collectors are during natural disasters. A couple of years ago the island where I live faced a Category 4 Tropical Cyclone.
Although we had no fatalities, we had huge amounts of damage in infrastructure and debris. The Waste Authority had to hire a slew of temporary employees in order to keep up with the debris and trash collection needed following the aftermath.
Since we are a small country with a small economy, trash collectors do not earn much income. So you will always find homes giving the trash collectors drinks, food, or even lunch money.
We just understand that their pay does not match their importance to our community in our little island.
So, don’t wait until a natural disaster for your family to learn to appreciate our neighborhood trash collectors. There are reasons right now to take a moment to show some gratitude to these community helpers:
Trash collectors make our world a better and cleaner place.
They risk their health and well-being to do their job well. (Garbage collectors have been said to be one of the most dangerous professions today.)
Can you imagine if we had to take our own trash to the landfill ourselves? Trash weighs a lot and it smells. We just don’t appreciate these community workers enough.
Explore these free ways to learn about garbage collectors with your homeschoolers this year.
Trash Collector FREE Resources | Making Learning Fun
Garbage Collector! A Community Helpers Preschool/Kindergarten Series | The Disguised Supermom
Garbage Truck FREE Printable | Grace Growedify
FREE Garbage Man And Garbage Truck Coloring Pages | Color Nimbus
Gg is for Garbage Truck–Zoomin Moving Alphabet | Royal Baloo
Preschool Homeschool-Garbage Collector Unit Study | Leading them to the Rock
Garbage Collector Community Helper FREE Worksheet | All Kids Network
Color the Garbage Man FREE Worksheet | Education.com
Community Helpers Garbage Collectors | The Little Nook
5 Unique Ways to Teach Waste Management to Your Child | Clean Tech Loops
What’s in Our Garbage Lesson Resource | Salinas Valley Recycles
Videos all about garbage collectors and collection:
Insight Job: Garbage collectors | The Star
Garbage Collector – Drive A Garbage Truck for Kids | Garbage Trucks Rule
Garbage Truck for Children – Truck Tunes for Kids | Twenty Trucks Channel
Arts and Crafts all about garbage collectors and garbage collection:
How to Draw Community Helpers – Garbage Collector for Kids | Drawing for Kids
Art Ideas for Trash Theme | Making Learning Fun
Directional Art Trucks | Making Learning Fun
Paper Plate Garbage Truck – Kid Craft | Glued to my Crafts
Basic Shapes Dump Truck | Crafty-Crafted
Garbage Day – Shape Garbage Truck | No Time for Flashcards
Community Helpers Resources – Garbage Collector | Community Helpers 613
Activities and games with a garbage collection theme:
Trash Collector – Hidden Number Trash Pick Up | Planning Play Time
Take Out The Trash: DIY Toddler Sized Wheeled Trash Can And Garbage Man Costume | Thrifty Artsy Girl
Garbage Man Pretend Play | My Mundane and Miraculous Life
Fun Garbage Truck Small World Play | Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Vroom Vroom Garbage Truck: Large Vehicle Activities for Preschoolers | The Preschool Toolbox
Talk about and teach recycling:
Being Green Is Easy with This Kid-Friendly Trash Sorting FREE Printable | Homemaker’s Habitat
FUN Garbage and Recycling Lesson Plans for Kindergarten, Preschool, Elementary | The Homeschool Resource Room
5 FREE Recycling Lesson Plans and Worksheets for Kids | We Are Teachers
Explore these other resources for a community helper unit at home:
Don’t forget to thank your local neighborhood garbage collectors. You and your kids will enjoy these 8 heart-melting stories of children who love their garbage hauler. They are such a needed commodity in our environment. We truly should appreciate them more.
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!