Community Helpers: Fun Friday features

Last week’s Discover and Explore Linky was all about community helpers.  We invited our fellow bloggers to share some of their ideas on how to introduce the concept of community helpers to preschool age children.  What we got was a lot of really great posts that were both fun and informative!  Here are a few of my favorites:

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The Good Long Road shared a personal and touching story in her informative post about Fire Prevention Week

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I simply adored Creative Family Fun’s Let’s Pretend: Police Station with “real” case files for her little detectives to solves…

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Nothing if Not Intentional shared this fabulous Easy No-Sew Mail and Play Mailbox

Community Helpers: Fun Friday features by Teach Preschool

Restaurant play is very popular around my house, so I couldn’t help but love all the ideas that Homegrown Friends shared in her Restaurant Week round-up…

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Thanks so much to all of our blogger friends for sharing their wonderful community helper resources!

And the fun never stops as we continue Fun Friday over on the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  I invite you to come check out what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week!  To see what others are sharing, you must be viewing a desktop version of the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  From the Teach Preschool Facebook Page, click the tab just below the header that says Highlights.  Then click on Posts by Others.  We will be sharing a few of our favorite posts on our wall throughout the day.

Community Helper Activities from Co-Hosts

Fire Safety Books and Activities for Kids (KC Edventures)

Post Office Pretend Play (Buggy and Buddy)

Stethoscope Experiment (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Fire Safety Week in Preschool (Teach Preschool)

DIY Firefighter Costumes for Kids (Twodaloo)

By | October 11th, 2013|Categories: Discover and Explore|Tags: , |2 Comments

Fire safety week in preschool

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…

Fire safety week by Teach Preschool

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…

Fire Safety Week by Teach Preschool

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…

Fire Safety Week by Teach Preschool

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…

Fire Safety Week by Teach Preschool

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

Fire Safety Week by Teach Preschool

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…

Fire Safety week by Teach Preschool

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

Fire Safety Week by Teach Preschool

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…

Fire Safety Week by Teach Preschool

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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Now it’s Your Turn!  What activities do you share with your children to promote fire safety?

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Building bookshelves for the preschool classroom

I still needed child-sized bookshelves for my classroom but not any more. Over the weekend my husband built me three of them…

I gave him the measurements that I needed based on how many baskets I hoped to fit in each shelf as well as measuring the height of my tables.  I didn’t want the shelves so tall that I couldn’t see the children behind the shelves as they played but not so short that it felt like a toddler room.  I also have limited space in my classroom so I didn’t want the shelves too terribly wide.  In the end the bookshelves measured at 3′ wide x 2′ 1/4″  tall. They can hold 8 baskets or 16 stackable shoe-sized baskets.

I went with my husband to get the wood and what you see above is all that he needed to build all three. I think there is wood left over too but I haven’t went back over to see for sure…

It was interesting watching my husband build these shelves for me. It had me thinking of how I should be introducing the building process to young children.  I realized that if I am going to provide blocks for construction play, then I should also be providing a variety of tools.  A measuring tape is definitely something my husband always uses and it is no big deal to keep measuring tools near the block area at all times…

Another tool that he uses a lot is a clamp to hold the wood in place as he saws or adds wood glue….

He also uses a pencil to mark lines on the wood and a square to line up the lines so to create nice straight edges…

And then he uses things like a power saw, power drill, and even a nail gun…

I also realized that I should be watching people more closely as they work. Just by watching the building process I gained a better perspective of what tools a carpenter uses and how the tools are used. This has helped me think about new ways to explore the block center, construction, and carpentry in the classroom…

After the shelves were all built, we sanded them (using sanding sponges) and then painted them…

I painted them white but I wanted to try something new so I painted the sides and back side of each shelf with magnetic paint. I had never used magnetic paint before so I am not sure I did it exactly right. Did you know that magnetic paint is black and very thick? It reminds me of tar just a bit.  I had to stir, stir, stir to get it all mixed up right then I painted it on the shelves pretty thick.  I probably should have added more than one coat of magnetic paint but I just used one…

After the coat of magnetic paint dried, I painted over it with white paint.  The magnetic paint is actually considered a primer – not a finish paint. You are supposed to paint over it with a color of your choice…

I couldn’t wait to start setting up the shelves in the classroom. These two shelves are back to back in the middle of the room right now but I will probably rearrange 20 times before school starts…

I tried the magnetic letters and the wooden ones with the flat magnetic side worked very well on the shelves. The plastic letter magnets didn’t work at all.  The stronger the magnet, the better….

My small magnetic pompoms worked very well too but my bigger magnetic pompoms were too heavy and fell off.  I will keep playing with it to see what works…

Read: Early Learning with Magnets to see some ideas that I hope to use with my magnetic boards and shelves…

Also read: Exploring Measuring tools!

By | July 27th, 2011|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , |19 Comments

We played fire station in preschool

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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Painting with hammers on houses in preschool

Another activity we tried in preschool was painting with hammers on houses! I wasn’t able to catch this activity in action but here is the basic idea…

A simple white house shape is glued to black construction paper…

The children draw doors and windows on their houses.

Dip the head of a toy hammer in tempera paint then hammer away on the house…

A little messy but lots of fun!

By | November 2nd, 2010|Categories: Painting|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments