Fire safety week in preschool

by Courtney Floyd on October 2, 2013

in Community Helpers and Fire Safety, Discover and Explore, Uncategorized

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Did you know that October is Fire Prevention month? Teachers all around the country will be using this opportunity to introduce the concepts of fire prevention and fire safety to their students.  As a teacher or parent of a preschool-age child, you may be wondering how to approach this subject in a developmentally appropriate manner, without scaring your child.  Today, I’d like to share with you a few resources that may be helpful in planning your lessons on fire safety…

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A wonderful way to introduce fire safety is with books and literature.  We often begin our real world discussions by sitting down with a good book during our circle time. There are plenty of developmentally appropriate books that explore fire drills, fire trucks, and overall fire safety.  Here are a few of our favorites:

No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol is a fun, but informative book about a young girl who makes friends with a dragon.  When she brings her dragon friend home for tea, the dragon accidentally sneezes and starts a fire.  This book includes important fire safety messages about not hiding during a fire, calling 911, and how we have to leave behind our favorite toys to get out quickly…

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As always, Gail Gibbons is both comprehensive and informative in her book Fire! Fire!  This book explores firefighting from the start of a fire until it is extinguished.  The illustrations depict emergency operators dispatching firefighters to the scene of the fire.  Firefighters are shown loading onto their trucks, along with descriptions of the tools and gear that they will use to put out the fire…

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In her book Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill, Jamie Harper uses adorable animals to illustrate the fears that many children may associate with fires.  The fire chief comes to school and prepares them for a fire drill that would happen later in the week.  Through all of the animals’ silliness, the real message of how to safely perform a fire drill shines through in this book…

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As the students in Miss Mango’s class demonstrated, fires can be a scary subject for young children.  After introducing the concept of fire safety through books, we like to offer the children the opportunity to role play.  Role play is an excellent way for children to work through their anxieties or fears.  When children can pretend to be fire fighters, they are able to gain a better sense of control.  Check out these super easy DIY cardboard box fire stations…

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Our children also love these awesome tabletop fire stations

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When we explore a concept in preschool, it is fun to take home a reminder of what we learned.  These shapely fire trucks are a fun way to explore shapes while also building our own take home fire trucks…

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And I just love these abstract fire trucks that we made out of colored tape…

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There are so many ways to explore fire safety with preschoolers, but none can possibly be more exciting than visiting a fire station!  If you are unable to take a field trip, check with your local fire station to see if they can bring a truck to your school…

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If sitting in a real life fire truck just isn’t an option for you, JumpSeeWow offers two great videos for exploring the insides of both a fire truck and an ambulance.  They also offer a fire station app…

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Sparky the Fire Dog also offers an interactive website for children to explore on their own or with grown-ups.  There are games, printables, and videos all promoting fire safety for young children…

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1 Cathy Rehr October 2, 2013 at 7:07 am

Because we are a Nature Learning Center for 3-5 year olds at our Nature Center, we focus on Campfire Safety. Chances are these children will be around a campfire and it’s important for them to learn about how to act around a campfire. We also touch on Smokey the Bear.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 3, 2013 at 12:22 am

Great ideas to add Cathy. We live where bonfires are often a recreational activity but I hadn’t thought about including outdoor fires as part of a safety unit. Love the idea of including Smokey the Bear!

3 Sarah October 2, 2013 at 7:49 am

Such fantastic ways to learn about Fire Safety! In my Kindergarten classroom each year we would have the local fire station come to the school. One of the most helpful parts of their visit, I believe, was when one firefighter would put on all of the clothing, mask, and oxygen tank and crawl around the classroom. The children thought he looked very funny and it was important for them to recognize him as a helper in this way – as in a fire, someone wearing all of this clothing would look very intimidating.

Thank you for sharing your tabletop fire stations!! We will definitely be using these

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 3, 2013 at 12:21 am

I so want to have a fire fighter visit us too Sarah!

5 Katie October 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I am in love with those tabletop fire stations! Our community has seen two incredibly devastating wildfires between this past summer and the summer before. It’s hard to find someone who didn’t have a friend that lost a home, so I am especially vigilant about fire safety activities now. I can’t wait to add this to our collection.

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 3, 2013 at 12:19 am

The wildfires have been so devastating – it makes us all realize that we need to be looking at fire prevention much more seriously!

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