Preschool Fire Safety Theme

Toy firetrucks that make sounds and firefighter hats to wear! A Preschool Fire Safety Theme includes those and so much more for your children's learning and safety.

This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.

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PRESCHOOL FIRE SAFETY THEME ACTIVITIES

Art Activities Block Area

Circle Time Activities Cooking Recipes

Dramatic Play Ideas Easel Ideas

Gross Motor Games Library and Literacy

Math And Manipulatives Activities Music and Movement

Sand and Water Table Science Activities

Writing Activities Miscellaneous Ideas

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Art Activities

Preschool Fire Safety Theme Art

Preschool Fire Safety Color Collage

Materials Needed: Red, Orange and Yellow tissue paper, glue, paint brushes, wax paper

Have the children brush glue on the entire piece of wax paper (You may need to tape it to the table so that it does not curl up while the children are working on it).

Have the children use their small muscles to tear the tissue paper into small pieces and stick on the wax paper.

Have the children glue craft sticks around the edges of the paper as a frame. They (or you) can write their names on the sticks.

Hang these on a window for a stained glass look.

Fire Painting

Materials Needed: yellow and red paint; brushes and paper.

Fire Trucks

Materials Needed: scrap construction paper, scissors, glue sticks

Encourage the children to make their own fire trucks. Have pictures of fire trucks around for them to see.

VARIATION:

Pre cut rectangles, squares and circles for the children to use to make their fire trucks.

Fire Badges

Materials: Tagboard cut into badge shapes, paint, shallow trays or box covers, marbles

Place the badge in the shallow tray.

Drop some watered down paint in the tray.

Drop a few marbles in the tray.

The children shake the tray back and forth to get the marble to go into the paint and then over the badges.

Let badges dry. When dry, glue a picture of the child on their badge.

Smoke Detector Art for Preschool Fire Safety!

Materials Needed: Paper plates, paint and a smoke detector

Open a smoke detector and show the kids the insides. Discuss what they do and how they help them.

Let the children paint their own on paper plates!

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Block Area

Fire Safety Theme Block Center Ideas

Firestation Design

Provide small firetrucks, ambulances, firefighters people and other little people to the block center. Encourage the children to make buildings, houses, bridges for the trucks to drive over and under, ramps, etc. Encourage them to review any preschool fire safety rules you have discussed with them so far.

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Circle Time Activities

Preschool Fire Safety 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 Preschool Fire Safety Theme!

Where Do We See Fire?

Materials Needed: Pictures of different types of fires: Campfires, candles- including birthday candles, fire place, rockets, house fire, forest fire, etc.; also bring a large piece of chart paper and a marker. Label the chart FIRE SAFETY

Ask the children to tell of some places where they have seen fire. Show them the pictures you have brought. Ask them how each of these fires would be started. Explain that some fires are used for heat or for fun things and some are more dangerous.

Lead the children in a discussion of fire safety. Ask what they know about how to stay safe from fire. List all of their ideas on the chart.

What Doesn't Belong

Materials: A variety of toys and a book of matches, a lighter

Place out several toys and the book of matches. Ask the children which item does not belong? Why?

Place out several more toys and the lighter. Ask the same question and discuss.

Discuss what to do when they see matches or lighters (get an adult to move them to a safe place).

Fire Drill

Most regulations require a monthly fire drill as part of a preschool fire safety program. Even if your program does not require, please practice them monthly anyway. You do not want a group of panicked children (or teachers) if an emergency should arise.

Do not ALWAYS practice a fire drill at circle time. Change it up. Don't prepare the children for it after they have practiced for a few months. Fires never warn us, they just happen. I KNOW children are afraid of loud noises and a drill can create much anxiety. However, the more you practice, the easier it becomes for all children.

After practicing for 2 months, make note of who has an overly anxious time with the drills. Be sure that one teacher is assigned to hold that child's hand every time there is a drill. An overly anxious child is typically the one who will run and hide when an actual fire happens. Do NOT avoid drills because of the anxiety, they need to be prepared as we all do.

Typically, I start out the year talking about a fire drill. What would we do if there was a fire in our building? (We need to leave the building). Right, we need to leave TOGETHER and let the Fire Fighters come and do their job.

What is their job? Right, it is to put out the fire and let us know if it is safe to be in the school again.

If there was a fire, how would be know? Right, we would here the fire alarm, or smell the smoke or see flames.

Do you know where we would go to be safe if there was a fire? Let me show you. (Walk to the door or window and point to your safety spot). We would all WALK together to that spot and wait for the firefighters (at our school, it was a tree across from the parking lot). Let's take a walk over to the spot and check it out! There is NO fire and the fire fighters are NOT coming, we're just going to check out our safety spot (we called it our Fire Tree).

When you return back into the classroom, tell the children that we'll be practicing fire drills more at another time.

The next time you have a drill:

Last time we talked about fire safety in school, we said that if we had to leave the building, we would hear the fire alarm and all WALK to our safety spot together. Who remembers where our safety spot is? RIGHT! GREAT memory!

We are going to practice walking to the safety spot. We are going to pretend that we have to leave the building for a fire, but don't worry, we are only pretending...there is not a fire.

Here is a fire alarm. I'm going to press this button so that you can hear what it sounds like. It's a little loud! You can cover your ears if you want to. (I usually press the test button on the fire alarm from across the room so it is not so loud near their ears).

Once it is done, talk with the kids about the sound. Then tell them you are going to pretend that was a real fire alarm and then all of you walk to the safety spot outside.

REMINDERS:

Please do not avoid drills in the winter or bad weather, remember-fires don't care what the weather is!

Be sure that your emergency contact information and attendance forms are in a consistent place each day so that you can take it with you on the drill. You need to know that ALL the children are out safely, who was in attendance today (trust me, in a real emergency, you won't necessarily remember who is out due to the adrenaline of getting the children out safely. You may remember how many children, but not necessarily which children are out).

9 1 1

Although we don't want the children to go home and call the emergency 9-1-1 number, they do need to know what it is. If you have 9-1-1 in your area, practice this with toy telephones with the children at circle time.

Send a letter home to families to let them know what you are practicing and asking them to reinforce that it is important to only call if there is no adult around during a REAL emergency.

Flannel Story

Materials Needed: Find a coloring book that has firefighters and their clothing and equipment on it (or search for this online). Color and cut out each piece. Laminate each piece. Hot glue a piece of dryer fabric sheet or felt to the back of each piece.

Use the pieces to discuss firefighters.

Place this in the library area for the children to make up stories with.

Finger Plays

Ten Brave Firefighters

Ten brave firefighters sleeping in a row (one hand in fist)

Ding, ding goes the bell (pull a pretend cord or ring a pretend bell with other hand)

And down the pole they go (pretend your hands are sliding down a pole)

Over to the fire engine--go, go, go (have your arms make running movements)

When the fires is out, they go back slow (make driving motion with hands)

Then back to bed--all sleeping in a row!

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Cooking Recipes

Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Preschool Fire Safety 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 preschool fire safety themed questions while making these fun snacks!

Firetruck Cookies

Ingredients and Items needed: Graham crackers, plastic knives, frosting tinted red, small black creme (Oreo) cookies.

Use the Oreos for wheels, and the graham cracker squares as the truck.

VARIATION: For a healthier snack, use home made whipped topping rather than frosting. Or, use square and round crackers and cheese!

Fire Cup Smoothies

Ingredients and Items Needed: plain or vanilla yogurt, strawberries and orange juice, a blender.

Make 2 batches of smoothies. Blend a small amount of orange juice with the yogurt for one batch. Blend some strawberries with yogurt for the second batch.

Pour as layers into clear cups.

Enjoy!

Fire House Beans Thank you Kim for sharing this idea!

We use baked beans and cut up hotdogs and than eat just like the firemen.

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Dramatic Play Ideas

Preschool Fire Safety Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Fire Fighters!

You KNEW that was coming, right?!! Place the obvious out: large toy firetrucks, fire hats, vests. Also, cut the large foam swimming noodle toys in half and use them for hoses (you may need to sit with the kids to show them how they should use these...any hitting each other with them results in that child losing the right to put out the fires!). You may be able to find a pop-up fire engine as well!

Add boxes with the tops and bottoms cut out and then cut out oval shapes near the tops of the 2 long sides of the boxes. The children can then pull the box up to their waists and be IN a fire truck! These are fun to decorate as well with lights, paint ladders and wheels on them, etc.!

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Easel Ideas

Preschool Fire Safety Theme Ideas for your Easel--More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

Charcoal Pictures

Materials Needed: Pieces of charcoal for the children to draw with! This is messy but fun!

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Gross Motor Games

Preschool Fire Safety Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Obstacle Course

Set up a firefighter obstacle course using whatever items you have:

Tape to walk on; chairs to crawl under; balance beams; hula hoops to jump in and out of, etc.

Smoke Rises, so CRAWL!

Materials: Parachute or large sheet

Discuss smoke with the children. Smoke rises--goes up-- and is very thick and makes it very difficult to breathe. So, when we see smoke, we should get on our bellies and stay low to the ground so we don't breathe it in when there is a fire.

With the help of another adult, hold the sheet or parachute and gently shake it. Tell the children it is the pretend smoke and they need to crawl under!

Stop, Drop and Roll

Materials: Pieces of red, yellow and orange felt cut into the shapes of flames.

Explain to the children that if there was ever fire on their clothing, they should:

1. Stop Moving

2. Drop to the Ground.

3. Roll on the ground, covering their faces, on the part of the body that has fire.

Place a felt flame on your own sleeve and demonstrate.

Now ask a child to place a felt flame on YOUR back. Say "Oh no, there is fire on my back! What should I do boys and girls?"

They will say stop, drop and roll, hopefully, or you can encourage that! And then--be sure to stop, drop and roll!

Most children will want to try this once you have demonstrated a few times!

Fire House

Materials: In a large play area or outside, use riding toys for fire engines and the fire chief's car.

Provide dress up clothes such as pants, boots and hats and a bell to ring.

The children pretend to go to a fire.

You could also set up a pretend sleep area for the children and they can practice a fire alarm, leaving the area and waiting for their firefighters to come and put out the fire.

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Library and Literacy

Preschool Fire Safety Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom

Book Suggestions for the Library

Arthur's Fire Drill by Marc Brown

Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell

Curious George at the Fire Station by Margaret Rey

Fighting Fires by Susan Kuklin

Firefighters Help Us by Aaron R. Murray

Matches, Lighters and Firecrackers are Not Toys by Dorothy Chlad

No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol and Martine Gourbault

Sparky: The Fire Dog by Don Hoffman

What Does a Firefighter Do? by Ellen Catala

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Math And Manipulatives Activities

Preschool Fire Safety Theme activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!

Hat and Boot Match

Materials: Five to ten boot shapes and the same number of Fire fighter Hats

There are many ways to make these!

For counting:

Make all of the hats red and all of the boots black.

Number the hats 1-5 (or 1-10).

Number the boots 1-5 (or 1-10).

The children then match the numbers.

VARIATION: Number the hats and then put the corresponding number of dots on the boots.

For color matching:

Make the hats and books of matching colors (such as a red hat and red boot; a blue hat and blue boot, etc.).

The children then match the colors.

Dalmation Dogs

In advance, cut out dalmation dog shapes. Provide the shapes, bingo daubers and wiggly/googly eyes and glue sticks.

The children give their dogs spots, while being encouraged to count the dots as they make them, encouraging their one-to-one correspondence.

Fire Painting

Although this could be under the art section, I have it placed here because using the pipettes is such a great fine motor development activity!

Materials Needed: clear plastic wrap, pipettes, red/orange/yellow paint, black or white paper.

Have the children use the pipettes to drop paint all over the paper.

Help the child place a piece of plastic wrap over the paper. Press down and gently smooth the child's hands over the plastic wrap to move the paint around.

Pull the plastic wrap off quickly. This will give a three-dimensional look to the paint.

VARIATION: Rather than using plastic wrap, have the children drop the paint on the paper and then fold the paper in half, press and open again.

Preschool Fire Safety Board

Make a large fire station shape on 11 X 14 red construction paper and laminate the fire house.

Find fire safety clip art online or from coloring books. Trace and cut them out onto tagboard and laminate each piece.

Trace each piece onto your fire house.

The children then match the pieces with the shapes that are traced.

Lacing

Trace and cut out fire safety clip art onto sturdy cardboard, poster board or tag board. Hole punch around the edges of each shape and provide string for the children to practice lacing.

Necklaces

Use colored macaroni or beads to lace onto red, orange or yellow strings. Encourage patterns!

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Music and Movement

Preschool Fire Safety Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

Fire Fighters' Exercise

Tell the children that fire fighters need to stay in shape.

Lead them in some exercises such as jumping jacks, knee bends, leg lifts, running in place, etc. Let the children make some exercises up!

Hurry, Hurry!

Make up a tune for this song or look up a tune on line. I originally heard this song over a decade ago on the Barney, the Dinosaur show!

Hurry, hurry drive the firetruck. (pretend to be driving)

Hurry, hurry drive the firetruck.

Hurry, hurry drive the firetruck.

Ring, ding, ding, ding, ding, (pretend to be pulling a cord to ring a truck's bell)

(Singing a little faster now):

Hurry, hurry climb the ladder. (pretend to be climbing a ladder)

Hurry, hurry climb the ladder.

Hurry, hurry climb the ladder.

Ring, ding, ding, ding, ding.

(Now sing even faster)

Hurry, hurry spray the water.

Hurry, hurry spray the water.

Hurry, hurry spray the water.

Ring, ding, ding, ding, ding!

I usually add a slower verse here because the children are very excited during this song.

Slowly, slowly back to the station.

Slowly, slowly back to the station.

Slowly, slowly back to the station.

We're so very tired! (Lay down and pretend to sleep).

Never Play With Matches or Lighters

sung to Frere Jacques

Never play with

Matches or lighters

If you do, if you do

You might burn your fingers.

You might burn your fingers.

This won't do! This won't do!

Never play with

Matches or lighters

If you do, if you do

You might burn your clothes.

You might burn your clothes.

This won't do. This won't do!

Firefighter

also sung to Frere Jacques

Firefighter. Firefighter.

You are brave. You are brave.

Putting out the fires. Putting out the fires.

Lives you save. Lives you save.

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Sand and Water Table

Preschool Fire Safety Activities for the Senses!

Water

Materials: Provide water, pipettes, small cups, funnels and rubber tubing (to represent fire hoses).

Sand

Add small fire engines, fire fighter people/dolls, popsicle sticks (for ladders, fences, etc.) and blocks to make buildings or houses.

Find the Preschool Fire Safety Items

In the table, place a LOT of red, yellow and orange paper and tissue paper. Place small firetrucks, fire people, and other theme related items in the table for the children to find.

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Science Activities

Preschool Fire Safety Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Paint Bags

Materials Needed: ziplock plastic baggies (sandwich size), red and yellow paint, clear packing tape.

In advance, place a few teaspoons of red paint and a few teaspoons of yellow paint in several baggies, without mixing the paint.

Seal the bags and then tape them shut so that no paint can leak out.

Place these baggies in the Science area for the children to experiment with. As they mix with their hands, they'll make orange!

VARIATION: I have also taped the edges of the baggies to the table so that the children only use their finger tips to press on the baggies, print their names, etc.

EXTENSION: Add other colors for the children to mix and become color scientists with!

Discovery Bottles

Materials: Using clear, 1 liter, plastic bottles, place some theme related or theme colored items such as red, yellow, orange and black crayon shavings. Fill 3/4 of the way with water. Hot glue the cover on and let the kids shake away!

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Writing Activities

Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Fire Safety Theme!

Stencils

Provide stencils for the word FIRE and for the numbers 911 for the children to trace and practice.

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Miscellaneous Ideas

Miscellaneous Activities for Your Preschool Fire Safety Theme!

Preschool Fire Safety Theme Field Trips

Preschool Fire Safety HOMEWORK!

Create a Home Preschool Fire Safety Checklist for the children to bring home and work on with their families. Ours has usually had the following items on them that needed to be filled out and returned:

I know two ways to leave my house in an emergency (leave 2 lines for them to list the 2 ways)

Our family safety spot/meeting place is:

We have tested the batteries in our smoke alarms and C02 alarms.

The local emergency number is posted near all of our telephones. The number is:

When the children return these, ask each child to tell you the 2 ways to get out of the house and where their family meeting place is. (Help them to remember!) Give a big round of applause for each child!

We would then put a smiley face on their homework papers and send them home for the families to keep.

Some ideas for visitors:

Invite a firefighter to come to class and see the firefighter put on his gear piece by piece.

Invite the local fire department to send a truck to your program (having cookies and juice for them when they come is a nice treat for them!)



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