This week is Fire Prevention Week in the United States. These fire safety activities are the perfect way to introduce your toddler to the topic. Even at this young age, it is important to practice some of the basics. Click below for your calendar filled with this week’s activities!
Fire Safety Books
I Am a Fire Truck by Josephine Page
Flashing Fire Engines by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker
The Fire Engine by Tibor Gergely
Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell
Good Night Fire Engines by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper
Spots on the Fire Dog – Julz Treasure Chest provided this activity! However, I did it a little differently since Little Man is younger. He had such a blast using the bingo daubers during Forest Animal week, that I thought we could use one to make the spots on the dog. I drew small dots on the dog, and had Little Man stamp on each dot. As you can see he was very excited on the first one, and he didn’t hit too many dots, haha! He was much more controlled with the second one, and did quite well! 🙂
Fire Hose Counting – I really liked this activity from JDaniel4’s Mom, but we didn’t have time to do it this week. I’ll keep it in mind for Community Helpers. The truth is, I really didn’t want to make it! There is only so much time in a day! And that’s okay! These activities are meant for you and your little one to spend time together. Pick and choose whatever ones you want! Don’t feel like you have to do them all!
Build a Ladder – Using popsicle sticks, have your child build a ladder. Since Little Man is still young, I showed him how to do it first. Then I laid out the outside pieces, and had little man put on the rungs. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Little Man seemed to like it. If you have an older child, see if they can tape or glue the pieces together, and then use the ladder during imaginative play!
9-1-1 Practice – Since Little Man is so young, this activity was really more about number recognition. You can practice dialing on a fake phone, or use this sheet from The Printable Princess. I let Little Man color the phone, and then had him watch as I said and traced the numbers. After that, I circled the numbers on the phone, and showed Little Man how to dial. He liked “pushing” the buttons!
Fire Truck Shapes – I did this during a field experience placement, long before there was Pinterest, haha! All you need to do is cut out a large red rectangle (truck), two back circles (tires), a square (window), and some smaller rectangles (ladder). Unfortunately, we had a really busy week, and did not get to this, but it turns out really cute, I promise!
Stop, Drop, and Roll – Little Man mastered this move, and loved every minute of it!
Put out the Fire – Draw a fire on the ground with chalk (isn’t mine pretty, haha), and then have your little one squirt the flames with a water bottle.
Fire Cup Knock Down – Laly Mom came up with this cute idea! I didn’t take the time to make the flames, but Little Man still enjoyed it!
Safety Crawl – Have your child practice crawling low to the ground (think army crawl). This is important to learn in case of a real fire. Explain how this is how they should move if a room is filled with smoke.
Save the Animals – This activity is from Days with Grey. It is a great fine motor activity. We didn’t have time for this, but I also think Little Man probably can’t use tongs because he doesn’t have the strength yet.
Fire Ribbon Dancing – make these ribbons, and put on some music!
Hurry, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck
Fire Ladder Snack – These ladder cookies are quick and easy! A perfect snack, and one that Little Man could help make!
Fire Straw Art – I really wanted to get to this during the week, because I know Little Man would have loved it, but we just ran out of time! However, thank you Michelle Kennedy Photography for the idea!
Fire Slime – Every Day Chaos and Calm has a great slime recipe, but I knew Little Man would want nothing to do with it, so I didn’t even bother, haha!
That’s all for this week! I hope you enjoyed all the fire safety activities! Be sure to practice fire safety throughout the entire year!
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