Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ten for Tuesday: Activities for Fire Prevention Week


October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week, so I am sharing 10 Fire Safety Crafts, Activities, and/or Books to help kids learn about fire safety and to encourage them to have some fun too! At our house, fire trucks and fire fighters always get Wild Thing excited so engaging with some new activities was a lot of fun.

1. Get Inspired through Books - We loved reading Alphabet Rescue and creating a fire truck from a juice box that we drove our letters around in, just like in the story. I have loaded up our library list with many of these other fire truck and/or fire safety books. Felix the Fire Engine gets great reviews and No Time for Flashcards has a comprehensive list of 20 firefighter books. I also have to share this great PreK Fire Safety Pack from Royal Baloo!

Click here for the Safety Pack
2. Make a Shape Fire Truck - We previously shared this great one from No Time for Flash Cards and here is another one from Teach Preschool.

3. Abstract Art Fire Trucks - Using red, black and yellow tape, Teach Preschool shares some great trucks from her students.

Tape Fire Truck from Teach Preschool
4. Make a Big Fire Truck - We made one from a cardboard box and then got inspired to pretend to be fire fighters with me driving Wild Thing around the backyard to put out fires. 

Simple supplies/materials: box, posterboard, glue, folder, tape, muffin liner, lids, marker.
5. Pretend Play - A simple spray bottle works perfectly well for putting out pretend fires. Wild Thing had so much fun with his spray bottle pretending to be a fire fighter. At Teach Preschool, she set up fire stations and other first responders so that students could role play.

Putting out a forest fire - toddler style.

Role play set up by Teach Preschool
6. Make a Burning Build - This also inspires role play/pretend play.  Boy Mama Teacher Mama makes a burning building from a cardboard box. 


7. Fire Sensory Bin - Wild Thing enjoyed exploring this sensory bin. We discussed the dangers of fire and how to respond if he sees a fire. (Most of these items came from Target dollar bin or yard sales).


8. Make Capes - Reading the book Fireboy might inspire some cape creativity. Mama Smiles has super simple superhero capes and Coffee Cups and Crayons has great capes made from plastic table clothes

9. Make a Fire Station - from milk cartons like No Time for Flash Cards or from a  shoebox like Glittering Muffins.
Milk Carton Fire Station from No Time for Flash Cards
Shoebox Fire Station from Glittering Muffins
10. Visit a Fire Station - We did and had some great moments, but it also presented some challenges for us on that particular day. You can read all about our visit here



 Oh - and I just had to share this photo of Caterpillar also enjoying, I think, the cardboard box fire truck.


Sharing this at: Fire Safety for Kids!

Click here for more Fire Safety for Kids Posts/Ideas.
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25 comments:

  1. Lots of great ideas! I love the abstract fire truck made with tape. My kids love to play with tape, and I never thought of using it that way. Now I just need to buy the cool, colored kind!

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  2. great round up of ideas! pinning this to my wheels board :)

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  3. These are great ideas. I love the spray bottle to put out pretend fires.

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  4. I needed your post, yesterday. I was helping a preschool teacher find fire safety books. We found two of the ones you shared. I really, really love the fire sensory bin.

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  5. Every kid loves firetrucks! Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf, again.

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  6. Awesome post, Jennifer! So many great ideas! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my new Community Helpers Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/community-helpers-unit/

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  7. What great ideas! I love all the books you featured! The pretend play in this post is just wonderful.

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  8. What a great round-up. I love the burning building idea and the sensory bin. Thanks for linking up to The Children's Bookshelf. I'll be featuring this post!

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  9. I love all the great ideas you have here!

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  10. These are perfect for Fire Safety Month! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I am going to share this post this morning.

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  11. Great post! Thanks for sharing our burning building! :) Will be sharing on FB soon. :)

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  12. Great resources. I love the shoebox fire station. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  13. Love all the ideas! My boys would love that fire truck box:-) Thanks for sharing, jaime@FSPDT

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  14. That burning building craft cracks me up- For my son's second birthday, he wanted a firetruck theme. I totally made a burning building cake with melted candy flames. It was ugly but it was pretty awesome. haha!

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  15. Wow, what a great group of ideas!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  22. I just ran into this post on Pinterest. What awesome ideas for Fire Prevention week! I love the idea of building your own fire truck and fire house, and the sensory bin is fabulous! I will definitely be coming back to this post in the future! :)

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  23. Great post, I love the sensory bin - seems easy and fun.

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  24. I had fun revisiting your post, Jen! I featured your post and Fire Sensory Bin photo in my Community Helpers Activity Trays and Sensory Tubs post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/09/11/community-helpers-activity-trays-and-sensory-tubs/

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