In helping your children learn about community helpers try
doing the following activities to help your child learn more
about the firefighter and fire safety.
Make a plan for getting out of your home in case of fire
and establish a safe place outside for everyone to meet.
Practice your plan with your child on a regular basis.
the end of your fire drill, have your child show how he or
she would get help by pretending to run to a neighbor's house
and dialing 9-1-1.
For each child, use plain newsprint (or newspaper) to make
a folded paper hat. Secure all loose edges with tape. Let
the children use crayons or felt-tip markers
to color their
hats red. Fold back one corner of each hat and staple it
Then attach a yellow construction paper badge shape
on which you have written
a numeral of the child's choice. Variation: For
each child, trim a large piece of red construction paper
into an oval shape. Then use the oval to make a head size
version of the firefighter finger puppet hat.
Firefighter Finger Puppets
Let each of the children make one or
more firefighter finger puppet hats. For each hat, give
a child an oval shape (about 2 inches long) cut from
white construction paper. Let the child use a crayon
to color both sides of the oval red. Cut out a finger
hole, as indicated by the dotted line in the illustration,
and fold as indicated by the solid line. Use a black
felt tip marker to add a numeral of the child's choice
to the hat. Draw a face on the child's finger as shown
and top the finger with the child's firefighter hat.
Encourage the children to manipulate their puppets while
singing songs or telling stories.
Fire Prevention Badges
Cut badge shapes out of white index cards. Let the children
decorate their badges with colored felt tip markers or crayons.
Use a black tip marker to write one of these sayings on each
"(Child's Name)" does not play with matches or lighters
"(Child's Name)" knows how to stop, drop and roll.
"(Child's Name)" knows how to dial 9-1-1
Fire Truck Scenes
Help the children make fire truck scenes. For each scene,
give a child a small house shape and a fire truck shape cut
from construction paper. Let the child glue his or her shapes
on a plastic foam food tray. When the glue has dried, have
the child use felt tip markers to draw smoke and flames coming
out of his house. Make a hose for the fire truck by wrapping
a small piece of masking tape around one end of a pipe
cleaner. Poke the other end through the fire truck shape
and secure it with tape to the back of the tray. Let the
child wiggle the hose and pretend to put out the fire in
Milk Carton Fire Engine
- Open container top
- Cut container top on three sides - separate
- Cut half way into container
- Make two folds - tape or glue down
- Cover the milk carton with paper and have the children
design their own
Cardboard Carton Fire Engine
Select a rectangular cardboard carton to use for making
a fire engine. Cut the
bottom out of the carton with a craft
knife. Open out the two long top flaps. Cut square holes
in them as shown to make the flaps into "ladders". Let the
children paint the ladders white and the rest of the carton
red. When the paint has dried, attach two small yellow
paper plates for headlights and four large black paper
plates for wheels. Cut holes for handles in the front and
the back of the fire engine. Add a section of garden hose
to hang out the back hole. Let the children take turns
climbing inside the fire engine and driving it to imaginary
Stop, Drop And Roll
Each time you have a fire drill, talk with the children
about how they should "Stop,
Drop And Roll" if their clothes catch on fire. Clear
a large area in the room or take the children outside to
a grassy area. Have the children start walking or running
in place. At a given signal, have them stop what they are
doing, drop to the floor or ground and roll over and over
until the pretend flames are out.