Curious children often play with fire in secret, largely because they aren't given proper guidance by parents and teachers, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Sadly, children make up 15 to 20 per cent of fire deaths. With that in mind, it's important to teach children--especially preschoolers--about fire safety. Activities are a great way to enhance fire safety.
Fire Engine Puzzle
Draw a fire safety-related picture, such as a fire engine, firefighter or a fire hydrant, on white construction paper. Then, draw some curvy lines through it to create puzzle shapes. You'll cut these later to make puzzle pieces, so don't make it too challenging. Your preschooler can colour the drawing and glue it to a piece of cardboard that is 8-by-11 inches. Cut through the curvy lines and she'll have a homemade puzzle. You can use this puzzle to explain how firefighters use this equipment. For instance, if you choose to do a fire engine, explain that that's how firefighters quickly get to their destinations in emergencies. You can expand upon this by talking about all the lights and sounds firetrucks make. You also can show her images of firemen putting out a fire.
Personalised Fire Chief
For this activity, you'll need a photo of your child. On a piece of white construction paper, draw a firefighter outfit. Let your child colour the outfit and accessories and help them cut out the pieces. Then, cut out your child's face from the photo. Let your child glue the clothing pieces and face to a separate piece of construction paper to create a firefighter that looks like her. While she's making her personalised fire chief, read a story about the jobs of firefighters. Teach her that firefighters are the only people who should go into a burning house because they have protective equipment. You can extend this lesson by talking to her about how to call firefighters by dialling 9-1-1.
Fire Hydrant Freddy
This art activity helps reinforce fire safety rules your child has learnt. Have your child draw a hydrant and colour it. While she's doing that, cut out white squares that you can glue to the front of the hydrant. Let her personalise her Fire Hydrant Freddy with googly eyes and other facial features, then she can glue the white square to the front of her hydrant. When she's done, have her tell you some fire safety rules, such as never play with matches or stop, drop and roll, and write those on the white squares.
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