This week is National Fire Prevention Week and while I had a hard time thinking of any ideas to teach my daughter to prevent fires, we did do a few fun but informative activities involving fire safety. I thought I’d share these easy ideas for addressing fire safety for kids.
At preschool this week Ladybug, age 3, had been talking about community helpers, in other words, all the people in the neighborhood who are here to help. A fire fighter was one of the people so that was a natural place to start. I thought it would be fun to let her put out a fire but of course I was not planning to put her in front of a real fire.
Instead I took some red solo cups and added some craft foam flames, and then we stacked them up. Ladybug loved loading up her water sprayer and “putting out the fire.”
Next we made a simple firetruck out of Duplo blocks and I gave the guy a drinking straw as a hose. I tried to show Ladybug how to spray water out of the straw but (perhaps thankfully) this is not a skill she has mastered just yet. If spitting out of a straw is not a habit you want to encourage then simply skip spitting through the straw and head right to your nearest doll house…
I had a sharing thread on my facebook page this week and Still Playing School shared this terrific post about teaching fire safety at home. She has several ideas in this post, but the one that I loved the most was using a dollhouse to talk about fire safety. You should check out her ideas!
We used our firetruck to try to put out the cup fire, but her spray was not strong enough so we took it inside and over to her Little People Doll House. I had made a small fire out of construction paper and placed it on top of the house. We talked about what we would do in case of a fire and what it would like be in a real fire. Then we used the fire truck and paper fire to tell a story at the doll house. The story went like this:
“Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl named Baker Bob and Susie. They were cute. Then they saw a fire! “Fire,” they said! And they runned out of the house. [What happened next?] Next comed the fireman. He used his straw to knock the fire. [Did he put the fire out?] No! I have to lift him up more! There! Then the people said, “Thank you, Thank you!” “No problem.” And they lived funny after.”
When talking about what it would be like to be in a real fire, I tried to explain that although fire seems bright, it make s lot of smoke and the room would be very dark. We talked about crawling low to get below the smoke and I wanted a way to try to show her what it would be like. At first I though I could use a play tunnel or a cardboard box, but we didn’t have either that would really fit the bill. I looked at our dining room table with the two leaves still in place from baby brother’s birthday party. I thought that would work just right. We used an old black sheet to make this smoke crawl practice tunnel. I dangled the black sheets and pillow cases through the openings between the leaves and then to make it really dark, I draped the black comforter over the table on both sides. Next I demonstrated how you would need to crawl really low to get under the smoke (the pillowcases hanging down). Ladybug eagerly followed my lead and practiced crawling under the smoke repeatedly throughout the afternoon.
These were some of the ways we supplemented the Fire Safety lessons Ladybug had at Preschool this week. Do you have any tips, stories, resources or blog posts about Fire Safety or Fire Prevention? I would love to hear about them in the comments below and on this thread on my facebook page. Go ahead and hit the Old Like Button while you’re there! If you’re looking for more Fire Safety ideas, check out my Pinterest Board on the subject. See you next time!