Stop Drop and Roll...
"You Mean I Can Catch on Fire?!"
It is Fire Safety Awareness Month and we celebrated fire safety all week. I am going to be honest it was a hard week for Lucy. She loved all the activities except Calendar Time when we discussed the meat and potatoes of fire safety. I lost her day one on Monday at stop, drop and roll. She panicked and screamed "you mean I can catch fire?!" I had Francis, the class pet, stopping, dropping and rolling but nothing seemed to make her want to engage. We talked about what to do if the house catches on fire and she said, "I think we should be done talking about this now." My advice to the families reading this is really think about presentation, approach, and be prepared for the panic. I kept calm and explained to her that if we want to live in a house that doesn't have a fire emergency then here is how we avoid that... and we discussed being safe with matches, stoves, plugs etc. We homeschool three times a week and she became a little less scared each day. I didn't want to fold and work around the fear because I truly want her to know what to do in an emergency.
Fire Safety Resources
Check your city's fire department website, you will surprised how much they offer for children! I had a great selections of games, videos, and coloring pages.
Games and Videos - The website for "Sparky" the fire safety dog is linked here. Lots of fun games and videos for children to look at here.
YouTube - This was a video Lucy thought was funny, they made it really kid friendly and added silly sounds. It actually really helped her with her fear! This enthusiastic fireman give great fire safety advice. You can watch the full video here.
Tour a Fire Station - We can't this year because of the Pandemic, but I made a call and talked to the fire chief and he told me when they wash the firetrucks! We took a "field trip" after dinner to watch them wash the firetrucks.
Glitter Glue Letters - We returned to this because it was such a hit last week during fall week. I wrote out the letter of the week (Dd) in upper and lowercase letters along with her name and she traced over them with glitter glue. Again, I have added a really fun glitter glue collection to my prek toys store for an amazing price if you need some!
Driving on Letters - I wrote letters out on giant pieces of paper and let her drive the firetruck on the letters like they were driving on a route.
Firetruck Hose Saves the Letters - She used a firetruck hose (thick paintbrush) to push around colored rice (I'm saving this rice for Halloween sensory bin too!) to save the lower case letters and reunite them with their uppercases. Lowercase letters are written on painters tape, easy for her to remove. I hid all the lowercase letters we have gone over (a-d).
Firetruck Ladders - I wrote a number on 16 clipart firetrucks, that was the amount of pattern blocks Lucy would stack to create a ladder for the firetruck. Quick and easy to make and she gained a lot from it: counting, number recognition, and occasionally making patterns.
Shaving Cream Numbers - We reviewed the numbers we have gone over (0-4) by writing them in shaving cream! She gets number practice, I get a clean table, that's a win-win! :) I only wish the table wasn't white so she could see it better. Next time I might use one of our colorful art trays. I linked the art trays we use here)
Fire Safety Play
Sensory - I sorted water colors and fire colors out of my rainbow water bead collection (click here for water beads!) I put a scooper and straws to represent fire hoses in the "water" bin and in the "fire bin" I used the Peppa house with the Peppa family. I walked through what Peppa and her family should do if her house caught fire and the firetruck with help of the water beads put fires out. I'm all about honesty on this blog, this sensory wasn't her favorite. She LOVES water beads and waned to just play with those and disassociate them with fire safety. She also did not like me setting pretend fire to Peppa's house. I should of realized that was a bad idea but in my defense I didn't know when I planned this that she would be so scared of fire safety.
Cars - Learning through play, teaching her how cars make way for emergency vehicles. She loved playing cars on the play road mat (from IKEA).
Firetrucks - Yes, she is WAY TOO OLD for this toy. It was hers when she was a baby and now her baby brother plays on it. This was taken on Monday when she panicked about fire. She saw this in the basement (where I hold school) and I just wanted her to be good with firetrucks and know they are safe and will protect you so I allowed it. :)
Five Little Firemen - I found the figerplay on Pinterest, we sang it during circle time and eventually we painted her hand and made the fireman. She also glued the heads on and made the faces, I made the hats.
Color - We had a good talk about when to call 911 and how important that number is to remember so I printed a 911 coloring page for her to color.
Color by Numbers - I found a firetruck color by numbers activity page online. It was a perfect way to conclude our discussion on firetrucks.