Tragedies are difficult for everyone, but they’re especially difficult for young children to understand. While most of us try to protect young children from hearing about tragedies, sometimes children will still see or hear about a tragedy in the news. Especially when tragedies seem to happen so often.
Fortunately, Mister Rogers can help. He has a wonderful quote:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” Fred Rogers
I created a word art freebie for parents and teachers based on that quote.
“Look for the Helpers” Mister Rogers Word Art Freebie
To print for home or classroom use, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share the image online, use the image with the watermark and link to my post and/or Facebook page.
To download, click here and then click on the file image in the upper right corner of the PDF to save to your computer (just choose where you want it saved).
Note: I wanted community helper images that were gender neutral and multicultural. I was happy that Dancing into First had a pack with the images I needed.
This book focuses on the aftereffects of a storm, but it’s a great resource for helping young children understand the concept of looking for the helpers. While it isn’t a Montessori-style book, I love that it uses the social-emotional teachings of Mister Rogers to help young children cope with scary situations. My 3-year-old grandchildren love it!
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD | Find the Helpers | PBS KIDS
Look for the Helpers (Song) | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood | PBS KIDS
2022 Update: The Fred Rogers Institute also has a free printable about talking with children about difficult things in the news. In addition, they shared these ideas on the Fred Rogers Institute Facebook page:
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I hope this will make difficult topics easier for your children and/or students.
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Community Helper Clip Art from Dancing into First.