1-2-3 Do Some Fire Safety Stuff With Me!
This month has simply gotten away from me; with so much to do it's a bit overwhelming. My "to do" list keeps getting longer; I no sooner cross a few things off, and then find myself adding a zillion more; I'm certain everyone can relate.
Unfortunately, I did not get to design any of the stack of fire safety ideas that I wanted to. However, I do have quite a bit of fire safety FREEBIES from the past available.
If you're looking for a list of tried and true Fire Safety books you're kiddo's will enjoy, click on the link to take a peek at my Fire Safety Book Bibliography, it's a list of 55 of my all-time favorites.
I know that the "official" Fire Safety Week, was last week, but with many teachers having conferences, and some schools not celebrating Halloween, I thought maybe some of you would be working on Fire Safety now.
Since craft ideas seem to be the most downloaded and pinned lately, I thought I'd share the fire safety craftivities my Y5's have done in the past. The handprint stop sign was a parent favorite.
We accomplished all of these "craftivities" in a week's time. I set a new one up each day as a center.
Our hallway always looked amazing and displaying their work not only helped build their self-esteem, but showed the rest of the school what we were doing.
With each project, I reinforced life-saving fire safety rules, trying to gently beat into their heads that they should NEVER play with matches, etc.
Many of the "craftivities" reflect this important rule. My personal favorite is the flip-up matchbook. I was also pretty happy with the way the Kleenex box - "House on fire" turned out too. We did this as a shape review with our 2nd-grade reading buddies.
My Y5's also enjoyed chanting: "I'm alert, so I won't get hurt." little ditty that I made up, as well as giving themselves a "thumbs up" when we'd go over all sorts of fire safety rules that they had learned.
Even though they had a blast pretending to be on fire, and then stop-dropping-and rolling, they knew the importance of that advice.
We also practiced dialing 911 on real (non-working) cell phones that parents had donated over the years.
Since my Y5-er's were forever mixing up 6's and 9's, I wanted to make sure that they "got it!" Quite a few fire safety activities that I've posted, revolve around practicing 911.
After one of my more inquisitive kiddo's, dialed it for real, at home "to see if it worked" I made sure to explain in even more detail, that this was for emergency purposes only, and then we'd discuss what an emergency was. Five years later, one of my kiddo's saved the day when he called 911 when his family's trailer caught fire from an electrical problem.
The Fire Safety Art & Activities packet is a whopping 63-pages long and includes some full color pictures, + copy-ready patterns and step-by-step directions for each project. This was one of the first packets that I made when I launched the site, so it doesn't reflect all of the software improvements I now incorporate with recent designs, but it's still a favorite of many visitors.
I really wish I had the time to revamp some of the older files, but a lot of them are 50-100 pages long, so I have to content myself with letting the past go and simply design new stuff each day with the quality I now have in place.
These fire safety activities all involve many of your report card standards, so children are learning and reinforcing much-needed math, writing, and science concepts while enjoying art.
They are a wonderful way to help increase listening and following direction skills, as well as cutting and other fine motor skills too. To me, there is nothing better than hands-on, when it comes to working with little ones.
Use their completed and adorable "mess-terpieces" as bulletin boards, hallway and classroom decorations or for portfolios. My Y5's personal favorite was the Dalmatian puppy sock puppet, as well as making and wearing their paper fire hat.
My little ones got a kick out of writing their puppy's name on their adoption certificate, which is included in the packet. When everyone completed their Dalmatian, we'd sit in a circle on the carpet. Wearing their puppy puppet, children would take a turn having their dog bark and say its name + a fire safety rule.
We'd do the Puppy Pokey, and they'd place their puppy in the position of whatever spatial direction I called out. "Put your puppy UNDER your arm, OVER your head, BETWEEN your legs etc." It was a fun way to get the wiggles out and review spatial direction words at the same time.
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