Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fire Safety

What a fun theme for preschoolers...ya know, having the opportunity to practice calling 9-1-1, putting out fires, paying fire fighters, the whole shabang. 

Fire Safety Craft

This week the children will mostly be learning through role play. I love to teach this theme! The importance of being familiar with what to do in case of an emergency is an imperative subject to learn at a very young age

We chant a song each day, it's one I made up a few years ago. It goes a little something like this:

Place a flame with tape on a child's back and begin by singing:

F-I-R-E fire, fire 
F-I-R-E _________ is on fire

Teacher: Oh no, _____ is on fire.  what do you do?

Fire Safety


Stop drop and roll game


Stop drop and roll preschool

They roll while covering their face until the "flame is off"

Then I have them crawl under the "smoke", so they don't choke
Fire safety crawling
We then looked for a way to escape. The door is their favorite choice.
Preschool Fire safety
He thought it was funny that I kept saying Ouch, the door's hot lol
 Teacher: Touch the door. Is it hot? Depending on their answer I would reply

Option 1:
Kid: Yes!
Teacher: Ouch, okay don't open the door, that means that there are flames on the other side. If we open the door the flames will burst in. Okay lets find a phone so we can call for help.
Kid: Found it.
Teacher: Okay who should we call for help?
Kid: 9-1-1... * ring, ring, ring
Fire safety Dial 911
Then I pretend to be the operator
Operator: 9-1-1, what's your emergency?

Kid: there's a fire in my house

Operator, Are you hurt?

Kid: no

Operator: Can you get out of the house safely?

Kid: yes

Operator: Okay I need you to get out and stay out, and don't go back in. We will be right there.

**Each child response differently, but this is just a sample. Have fun and later they will be playing this outside and reenacting the scenario. It's quit fascinating to watch them learn through play :)

I add a little more to our skit.
The following day we talk about what we would do if there was a fire in a house.  I take this time to discuss what an escape route is and what they would do if their was a fire in their house. We also discuss escape plans (door and window) and introduce how to tell if a door is safe to open. Here is a short clip of a video I took during role play.


Other than dialing on a paper phone and a plastic phone we practiced on a cell phone. These days most people have smart phones and  although most children already know how to operate a cell phone after reading this post on I thought I would implement it in my class this year.


fire flame with a fork art

Fire Flames with a Fork

Fire engine

We also made a fire engine and reviewed our shapes, as well as our colors in Spanish! This activity was much more than making a fire engine. It was about practicing and understanding positional phrases and following directions in a small group. 

fire safety preschool activity


These came out SO precious. My parents were happy with this craft and many STILL have it :) I found this template on If you click on the link it will take you directly to the FREE download.

Heads up, this requires a lot of coloring and cutting. Over the years I have realized that this activity takes a few days, also I have outlined and lightly colored my master, so when I make copies they don't feel overwhelmed by how much they need to color. Unfortunately my kids are still too young this early in the year to cut around detailed lines like these.

I wish I were able to do a science experiment that I saw on pinterest, but my school has there are rules, and regulations :( Here it is for those of you who would love to teach and show your little ones that a fire needs fuel. air, and heat in order to ignite and how when we take away any of those, it will diminish

Since my kids aren't able to do this experiment in class, I had them watch this video which  goes over everything, in a fun way. Depending on their age, you may want to be selective on the scenes, it can feel a bit lengthy

 I found a really cute FREE fire fighter lap folder for preschoolers on Home School Creations

I personally don't always set mine up like lap folders, I  try to separate the activities into centers, that way they can revisit, or do them independently.

Find the objects corresponding shadow

Finish the pattern

Their favorite  activity from the lap folder was counting the Dalmatian spots. They counted and found the correlating number to match the spots. 

Plain ole' fun

preschool fun

Playing "fire fighters" and practicing calling 9-1-1

Fine motor skills: help the fire fighter put out the fire and  practice their pencil grip.

I set up a table with 5-6 books about fire fighter and fire safety for the kids to "read". It's quit interesting if you get to hear some of their read out loud stores.

Field Trip

Our preschool does not permit outings, so visiting a fire station and seeing a fire engine is out of the question, but we were very fortunate to have a firefighter come visit our classroom and review some fire safety tips.    

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