Career Centers for Kindergarten Classroom Guidance Lessons

Career education starts early! Kindergarten students love learning about careers and community helpers (and they love making up their own careers for the future: robot pilot and balloon princess are a couple of my favorites). I find the best way to talk about careers with younger students is to actually not do that much talking at all but instead let students explore careers through fun centers. Keep reading to find my favorite hands-on Kindergarten career activities you and your students will love!

Looking for Kindergarten career activities for your elementary school counseling lessons? You'll love these hands-on center activities!

Kindergarten Career Activities for School Counseling

Career Books

There are so many great books to kick off your Kindergarten career activities as a way to introduce your students to community helpers. These will get your students excited about careers and get them thinking about workplaces, on-the-job tools, and more. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Whose Tools Are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper
  • What Hat Will You Wear? by Julia Cook
  • Whose Hat is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper
  • Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling

Where do they work?

Get kids thinking about workplaces of community helpers with clip cards. These will help students start to think about places they might enjoy spending their days and start to make connections between community helpers who work together.

Looking for Kindergarten career activities for your elementary school counseling lessons? You'll love these hands-on center activities!

What tools do they use?

What’s in that community helper’s daily toolbox? Use clip cards to get students thinking about what kinds of tools community helpers use on a daily basis.

Looking for Kindergarten career activities for your elementary school counseling lessons? You'll love these hands-on center activities!

Build a tool.

Speaking of tools, why not let kids build their own? Students can pick a community helper card and then use play dough to build a tool that the community helper uses on the job.

Looking for Kindergarten career activities for your elementary school counseling lessons? You'll love these hands-on center activities!

What do they make?

Community helpers produce all sorts of things that make our world an amazing place! These clip cards will help students to identify just what those community helpers are making and start thinking about those people who are involved in producing things they love and use every day.

Looking for Kindergarten career activities for your elementary school counseling lessons? You'll love these hands-on center activities!

Finish the scene.

Time to use that imagination! With a finish the scene activity, students draw what they imagine the community helpers doing on the job. Students start with handouts showing a community helper and bits and pieces of a scene. Then, they get to add all of the details to show what the community helpers are up to.


What are your favorite Kindergarten career activities? I love doing hands-on centers to give students a chance to play and explore!

Looking for Kindergarten career activities for your elementary school counseling lessons? You'll love these hands-on school counseling centers activities! Students learn about community helpers in these community helper activities for Kindergarten or first grade. Career education starts early! -Counselor Keri

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