With all of the mishaps that children get themselves into, it's important to start teaching them basic first skills at an early age. Children should at least be able to locate the first aid kit in their home and identify bandages in case of an emergency. Reinforce lessons on first aid with engaging and creative classroom activities.
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Homemade First Aid Kit
Provide students with plastic red lunch boxes with the labels removed. Print out first aid signs on self-adhesive label paper, and have the students apply a first aid sticker to each side of the lunch box. Provide baskets of bandages and other items that should go into a first aid kit in front of the children. Talk to the children about what should go into their kit, and have everyone put items such as bandages, alcohol swabs, gauze, elastic bandages and antibiotic ointment.
First Aid Bingo
Create five-by-five bingo cards with a "free" space in the middle. Fill the rest of the board with answers to first aid-related questions such as, "Run cool water over a burn," and "Disinfect the wound." For younger children, a bingo board of first aid-related pictures will work as well. Call out questions about first aid that the children have been learning about. They must cover squares that they think are the answers to the questions. The first person to get five squares covered in a row should call out, "First Aid!". Students can only win if they answered the questions correctly.
First Aid Scavenger Hunt
Place items that should go into a first aid kit all over the room. Pair the students up and have them search for the items. The first team back with 10 items wins. To make the game more challenging for older students, have other classes participate so that students can search for items in more than one classroom.
Divide the class up into two teams. One person from each team has to be a victim. Have the victims lay on the floor on one end of the room, with their teammates lined up on the other side of the room. Using washable marker to mark several Xs on the arms, legs and face of the victims to represent open wounds that need to be disinfected and bandaged. When you say "go," the first student in line from each team must race to their victim, open the first aid kit, swab an X with alcohol pads and apply the appropriate-sized bandage. They must race back and tag the next person in line who does the same. The first team to bandage all of their victims' wounds and bring them back to the starting line wins.
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