1-2-3 Come Do Some Fire Safety Activities With Me
In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day Proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls.
Over the years, I've had two of my students involved in trailer fires, one in which my Y5 was the one who alerted the family and dialed 911, so don't think a fire won't happen to your kiddos.
Prepare them like it will. In Jose's case that preparation was quite possibly life saving. I start my Fire Safety Week with all sorts of fiction and non fiction stories.
If you're looking for a list of appropriate fire safety books for little ones, I've compiled a list of 55 of my all-time favorites.
So that you can quickly and easily plug in some relevant fire safety into your busy day, here are some simple fire safety craftivities for you to choose from.
The first two have an "I promise" aspect to them. A promise is a big deal to a child, so when they make a promise to me, I think they are more committed to following through.
Promises also show them the importance of fire safety. Signing their promise activities give them extra clout. Such is the case with the "Stop and Think" hand print craftivity.
On the front is a child's painted white hand print; on the back is our promise pledge: "Stop and think. Give me a high five for fire safety. Don't - don't - don't play with matches, candles or lighters. I promise I won't - won't - won't! I'm alert so I won't get hurt." These looked terrific twirling from our hallway ceiling.
My personal favorite is: Hands Off Fire. This too is a promise craftivity. The flames of the fire are a child's paper hands. If you look closely you'll see that they are crinkled like cardboard.
(I ran them through a crimper roller, that you can buy at any craft store. Well worth the $18, as I use it for that "finishing touch" for lots of projects.)
Using hands for the flames, is not my original idea. I came across a photo on Pinterest with no link or pattern, so I decided to dream up my own.
I've also included a Never Ever fire safety song, with matching poster.
Ever conscious of Common Core State Standards, I tried to throw in some writing activities for older students.
As you can see by the photo, students complete a writing prompt (I've provided 2 options) and then glue their bonfire to the top.
I've also included a fire safety - promise poster that all of your students can sign.
Finally, as with all of my themes, I use them as an opportunity to build vocabulary. F is for Fire covers 24 fire-themed words.
Some of them begin with the word fire, which is used as an adjective (teachable moment for "describing" words), others are compound words. (Another teachable moment!)
Students rip and tear red, yellow and orange strips of construction paper. Have children make 3 piles of colors and then rub a glue stick over the letter F, pressing each piece down.
My Y5's loved doing rip and tear activities, and I included them because they are a great fine motor skill and really help strengthen finger muscles. Completed projects make awesome fall bulletin boards too.
Older students can alphabetize the list of words and write them down. For that fire-effect, I used a pinking shears to edge the construction paper.
That's it for today. I don't want this blog article to get too long, so I hope you can pop back tomorrow, as I have lots more fire safety FREEBIES to share with you.
I'm off to Art Prize; 1000's of amazing exhibits throughout our downtown area. Quite the big deal here in Grand Rapids, MI.
"Individually, we are one drop. Together we are an ocean." -Ryunosuke Satoro