We played fire station in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on February 15, 2011

in Activity Boxes, Firestation, The Value of Play

We provided fire station activity boxes for our continuing study of community helpers. I shared the idea of making our own fire stations from a post I read at No Time for Flashcards

Along with the fire stations we set out some fire trucks and then added some waffle blocks to extend the play a little more….

The children liked having all the garage door openings to drive through and they made lots of “whirring siren” sounds as they played…

At first only the little boys played with the fire station but it didn’t take long for the girls to decide this looked like fun too…

The children started off with a road that went around the station but then worked together to create an entire platform for the station to sit on…

The children played for a long time with the fire station and most of the play was focused on driving in and out of the fire station doors.

No need to only use the little fire stations when you can use the big blocks to build a real fire station….

This fire station has tall walls…

And some expert structural engineers!

The activity boxes are a wonderful way to introduce concepts that can be extended into all areas of the classroom!

Make these cute Shape fire trucks from Little Learner’s Lounge!

Make a yummy firetruck snack from Children’s Learning Activities!

See Fun with Fire Safety from Preschool Playbook!

Printables and a few songs to sing to go with a unit on fire Fighting fro LAWTEEDAH!

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1 Juliet February 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

We had a big fire theme going on a couple of weeks ago. So we decided to give the children the experience of real fire outdoors to toast marshmallows and bread. That combined with big fire painting on cloth attached to a fence outside and making fire engines out of boxes kept a big pre-school class occupied one morning.

2 Deborah J. Stewart February 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm

What a wonderful experience for your students. I bet they just loved it!

3 gummylump February 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

This looks like such fun! My kids would enjoy this! Maybe we’ll do it tonight or tomorrow if I have a big box here at home :)

4 Deborah J. Stewart February 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm

You need to come up with a cute art project for this!

5 Jackie February 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

What perfect timing for you to share this! My 2 year old was just diagnosed with asthma. We now have him on an inhaler with a mask. He only agrees to do it because we call it his “fire fighter mask”. He is really in to fire fighters right now. We’ll have to do some of these fun activities to build on that!!!

6 Deborah J. Stewart February 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

What a creative way to make him more comfortable and confident with the mask. It can be hard with a little one to adjust to the breathing treatments.

7 maggy, red ted art February 19, 2011 at 3:27 am

I love your firestation! So cute! Just goes to show that you don’t need much to transform a box!

Do come and join us on Kids Get Crafty again! Latest link http://www.redtedart.com/2011/02/16/kids-get-crafty-robot-cards-the-robot-the-blue-bird/

Would love to see you there again!

Maggy

8 Deborah J. Stewart February 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I will be sure and join you again soon! Sorry I keep missing out.

9 KM February 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm

We just finished a wonderful fire safety activity WITH THE SAME blocks!!!! Are’t those blocks just perfect for all kinds of pretend play!?? I adore their little fire houses… Really sweet!

10 Deborah J. Stewart February 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Yes – those blocks are perfect for all kinds of pretend play:)

11 cathy@nurturestore February 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Thanks for the ideas Deborah. I really like the big building bricks – great to make something on a big scale.

12 Deborah J. Stewart February 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

The kids would agree!

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