Fire Safety!

Book List

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A Visit to the Sesame Street Firehouse - Random House
Arthurs Fire Drill - Marc Brown
Dalmation Dog - Amy and Richard Hutchings
Fighting Fires - Susan Kuklin
Fire Fighters - Robert Maass
Fire, Fire! - Gail Gibbons
Fireman Jim - Roger Bester
I'm Going To Be A Fire Fighter - Edith Kunhardt
Matches, Lighter, And Firecrackers Are Not Toys - Dorothy Chlad
No Dragons for Tea --- Fire Safety for Kids (and DRAGONS) - Jean Pendziwol
The Fire Station Book - Nancy Bundt

Songs & Fingerplays

Firefighters - sung to "Pop Goes The Weasel"

Down the street the engine goes
The firemen fight the fire
Up the ladder with their hose
Out goes the fire.
~Mrs. Gary McNitt

I Am A Fireman - sung to "I'm A Little Teapot"

I am a fireman, dressed in red.
With my fire hat on my head.
I can drive the firetruck, fight fire too,
And help to make things safe for you.
~Judy Hall

Never Play With Matches - sung to "Frere Jacques"

Never, never play with matches.
If you do, if you do,
You might burn your fingers,
You might burn your fingers,
That won't do! That won't do!

Never, never play with matches.
If you do, if you do,
You might burn your clothes,
You might burn your clothes,
That won't do! That won't do!

Repeat, substituting lighters for matches.
~Leora Grecian

I'm a Firefighter - sung to "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a firefighter.
(Point to self.)
Here's my hose.
(Outstretch arm with finger pointed.)
I put out fires
As everyone knows.
When I see a fire
(Hand over brow.)
I douse it out.
(Outstretch arm with finger pointed.)
"Thank you! Thank you!"
People shout!
~Linda Rice Ludlow

At the Fire Station - sung to "Down at the Station"

At the fire station early in the morning (during the daytime/late in the evening),
Spots the fire dog is watching, don't you know?
He sees the firefighters [riding in the firetruck].
"Clang! Clang!" sounds the bell. Off they go!

Each time you sing the song, substitute one of the following phrases for the words in the brackets:
....sliding down the fire pole.
....building their muscles.
....putting on equipment.
....eating in the kitchen.
....resting in the bedroom.
~Oct/Nov Mailbox Magazine

Firefighter - sung to "Frere Jacques"

Firefighter, firefighter
You are brave, you are brave
Putting out the fires, putting out the fires
Lives you save, lives you save.
~Submitted by Fran

Arts & Crafts

Smoke Detectors

What You Need:

Paper Plates
Various Other Art Supplies of Your Choice

What You Do:

Explain to your children how a fire detector works and how it could save their life. Show them the inside of one then have them make their own with paper plates, glue, and paint.

Fiery Art

Provide red, orange and yellow paints for the children to create pictures
of fire. Encourage the children to roll marbles or golf balls across the
wet paint to add interesting textures and patterns.

In The Kitchen

Fire Engine Cookies

Graham crackers, red frosting (cherry or strawberry), oreo cookies, black licorice

Cut off one corner of a cracker. Frost with the cracker. Split the oreos apart and place one on the front and one on the back for the wheels lay a black licorice across the top for the ladder.

Fireman Shake

1 cup strawberries, 2 tsp. honey, 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream, 1 1/2 cups milk

In a blender or food processor, puree berries with honey, add ice cream and milk. Pour into glasses and serve.

Theme Ideas

For years I have included in my fire safety theme a maze for the children to crawl through. The children and I first discuss what we should or should not do if and when a fire occurs in our homes. We talk about how we could signal for help and a meeting place. We talk about not hiding and what a fireman looks like in his "work clothes" and the sounds he will be making. We also talk about the hot/cool door and what we should do if smoke is filling up our house. We practice crawling on our hands and knees, as well as, STOP, DROP, and ROLL. On the last day of our fire safety week, I set up a maze/obstacle course with objects and furniture from our room. The children have a choice of whether or not to be blindfolded to simulate smokiness. The children then crawl on their hands and knees through the maze/obstacle course. The children think this is great fun, especially those who choose to be blindfolded while teaching them a life-saving skill.

~ Submitted by Deb from Pottstown, PA

I found bags of firemen similar to army men at the local Dollar Tree store. They come 53 in a bag. I made math mats. I had the kids roll the dice and put the firemen on the fires. The first child to have his/her mat filled was the winner. It was a big hit in my room today. The kids loved it! I bought 3 bags of firemen. They also have bags of policemen. I think I'm going back to get some!

~Submitted by Kelly

Match Hunt

We had a match hunt. I hid pieces of paper cut in the shape of a match all over the room. whenever a child found a match, they had to find an adult to throw it out. taught them not to touch matches.

~Submitted by Chana from Kansas

One idea to teach about fire safety is to have them color on butcher paper about 6ft long and color with a black crayon smoke. Then hold the paper down low and tell the children to crawl under the smoke, stay low. It teaches them to crawl when you see smoke.

~Submitted by Faye

For fire safety month you can always have the fireman come and bring the truck if you have the room for the truck. Or you could do what we did today, one of the dcgrandma's truck caught of fire on the way here. She really didn't even notice until she was here, she ran in and dropped her little boy off and said "my truck is on fire gotta go" lol. I called 911 and the fire truck came, my sister took the fire extinguisher out and put out the fire. It was a great experience, we talked all day about what I had to tell the people at 911, etc. Of course, I don't think grandma found it as enjoyable as we

~Submitted by Brenda in PA


Fun With Fire Engines - Chateau Meddybemps
Fire Safety Section - DLTK
Preschool Fire Safety Theme - Everything Preschool
Community Helpers - First-School
Fire Safety Songs - Perpetual Preschool
Fire Safety Games - Perpetual Preschool
Fire Safety - Preschool Education
Fire Safety Activities - Pre-K Pages

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