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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.
Materials Needed: yellow and red paint; brushes and paper.
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.
Pre cut rectangles, squares and circles for the children to use to make their fire trucks.
Block Center Ideas for Your Fire Safety Theme
Fire station 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.
Circle Time Activities for Your Preschool Fire Safety Theme
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).
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.
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).
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!
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.
Fire House BeansThank you Kim for sharing this idea!
We use baked beans and cut up hotdogs and than eat just like the firemen.
Preschool Fire Safety Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
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.! Of course, include fire fighter dress up clothing and props!
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!
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!
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Preschool Fire Safety Theme!
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 CO2 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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