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.
Let the Community Helpers Ambulance theme planning begin!
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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).
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!
9-1-1 Discussion Time!
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 recommend having an EMS worker come to your preschool to answer questions as well.
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!
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 Tour
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!
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