It is very helpful for children to learn about the Community Helpers Ambulance and Emergency Medical Service workers in their are. Knowing who these workers are and what they do will help children feel less frightened in the event of an emergency.
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Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Art
Draw or print off large, paper badges.
Provide paint, markers, crayons, aluminum foil, and miscellaneous arts and crafts supplies for the children to decorate (if you go for supplies to decorate with, cut the badges out of sturdy tagboard).
"A" is for Ambulance
In advance, cut out a very large letter "A". The children decorate this as a large group. They can draw ambulances, band-aids, or just their own ambulance or hospital experiences on the A.
Write some of their thoughts on the letter (such as what they thought about a time they were in an ambulance).
Hang this in your classroom OR mail it to the Ambulance Company if you had one come to your classroom or you visited one!
Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Block Center Ideas
Add ambulance and other emergency vehicles to the block area.
Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Many teachers are hesitant to teach this theme for fear that the children will dial 9-1-1 or the Operator just to see what happens. They might, in fact, do that. During this theme, be sure to tell them the rules to calling for help.
1. It MUST be a REAL emergency.
Make some suggestions and ask if this is a real emergency:
You can't find your puppy?
Your sister won't share with you.
Your Mom fell down and can't get up.
2. You tell an adult who is with you FIRST (Mom, Dad, babysitter) about the emergency.
3. Tell the person who answers the phone your name and where you are and what happened. Listen to what they tell you to do.
I'd recomend having an EMS worker come to your preschool to answer questions as well.
ITALIC sung to Three Blind Mice
Help's on the way. Helps on the way.
If I need help, I know what to do.
I can call the police and the firefighters, too,
It makes me feel safe to know what to do.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Community Helpers Ambulance Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Graham Cracker Ambulances
Use cream cheese to frost graham cracker ambulances. One square is the back of the ambulance. One half of a square would be the front of the truck!
Use bananas as wheels!
Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Set up your dramatic play area as an emergency room. Provide a mat or sleeping bag, bandaids, bandages, adult white shirts for doctor coats, play doctor bags with instruments, etc.
Make a large box into an ambulance. Cut out doors and windows. Place the items you would need in an ambulance inside the box such as a mat or sleeping bag and a play medical kit.
Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Ideas for your Easel--More Than Just Painting
(Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Provide different shapes, sizes and colors of bandaids (donated by parents) for the children to make a colorful collage.
Ask questions about boo-boo's they've had and print their stories onto the paper.
Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Safe or Not Safe In our School
Take a tour of your classroom or school with the children. Bring along some red dot stickers. Ask the children to name things that are safe or not safe. Place red stickers (the teacher does this part!) on the items the children decide are not safe to touch.
Some examples would be: Stop at an electrical outlet. Ask the children if it is safe or not safe to touch it and why? Place a red dot on it.
The water fountain--is it safe or not safe? It is safe, no dot needed!
Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Book Suggestions for the Library
If I Could Drive an Ambulance! (Tonka book) by Michael Teitelbaum
Ambulances on the Move by Laura Hamilton Waxman
Please Don't Dance in my Ambulance by Barry Bachenheimer and Mea Amacher
Rescue Vehicles: Ambulances by Valerie Bodden
Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
First Aid Kit
Materials needed: bandaids, gauze pads, plastic tweezers, empty ointment packets and other first aid supplies.
In advance: On index cards glue a picture and print a number for each item that should go in a first aid kit.
For exampler, One card would have the number 1 on it and a picture of a pair of tweezers.
Another card would have the number 5 on it and a picture of a bandaid.
Place all of the items in a bin. Place the cards you made on the table. Provide the children with an empty first aid box or bag.
The child sort through the items and place the correct number of each item in the kit.
Provide emergency vehicle themed puzzles for the children to work on. Use table top puzzles as well as floor puzzles.
If you have a large poster of an ambulance, laminate it and cut it into large pieces for the children to work on.
Community Helpers Ambulance Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
There is a CD called Early Years: Prek -K Concepts
The song "9-1-1" is AWESOME for this theme and I suspect you'll like the other songs, also!
Ambulance Theme Activities for the Senses!
Add sand, emergency vehicles and little people to your sensory table this week!
Ambulance Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Safe or Not Safe
Science activities are ways to help the children understand the world around them.
Materials: Pictures of activities that are safe and unsafe; One paper that says SAFE with a smiley face on it and one paper that says NOT SAFE with a sad face on it.
The children sort the pictures accordingly.
Some examples would be a picture of cars on a busy street.
A picture of someone climbing a ladder.
A picture of a book of matches or a lighter.
A picture of someone riding a bike with a helmet on.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Ambulance Theme!
Children often confuse a number 6 with a number 9. To help with this and their writing skills, make up many cards with the numbers 9 1 1 listed on them.
Laminate the cards.
Provide low-odor, dry erase markers for the children to trace these numbers!
This could be an interest center activity to follow up on a 9-1-1 Circle discussion.
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Preschool Ambulance Theme!
Visit your local Fire Station or Ambulance Company. It is always a great idea for the children to be able to get inside the ambulance at a time when they don't need to. This will reduce some anxiety if they ever need to go inside one for a medical purpose.
Any emergency helper: EMT worker, paramedic from the fire department, nurse, doctor, etc.