No kindergarten curriculum is complete without learning your ABCs, 123s, and what to do if you spontaneously burst into flames.
Kindergarten Field Trip Time. We were excited to meet a few real-life superheroes at our local fire station. That’s some hot stuff for a five year old.
The fire departments in our area have education programs and offer tours. Some stations offer free open houses throughout the year – which is great for those of you going it alone. Free field trips. Hanging out with firefighters. Can’t beat it.
Some totally amazing, completely easy, and mostly free plans for your Fire Safety Unit
Check out Fireman Sam – He’s on Prime and has a (legit) YouTube channel with full episodes.
Lots & Lots of Fire Trucks Vol. 2 – Amazing Rescue Rigs! (Prime) 34 min runtime, but you gotta be REALLY into trucks for this one.
Little Einsteins (Netflix) – Fire Truck Rocket, S2E38
Click HERE for an hour long YouTube playlist. Time for a nap!
Books (well just one book)
The first book on my playlist is a read aloud of No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons). I love this book because it answers WHY the fire started.
In No Dragons for Tea, the dragon starts the fire with a sneeze. I think we all know how important it is to warn our kids about dragons. I’m sure you’ve had the discussion about what to do if a dragon approaches your child on the playground. This book raises an important point: If you do meet a friendly-seeming dragon, do not invite into your home. It’s better to meet that dragon in a public place, preferably near a body of fresh water, where he can start a brush fire. Hey, at least it’s not your house.
This humorous and engaging book will cover all your basics:
Loud sound of a smoke alarm
Get out and stay out
Have a meeting place
Calling for help from a neighbor’s house
What fire fighters look like and what they’ll do
A look inside a fire truck
The other fire safety and fire truck books were just your run-of-the-mill, generic non-fiction books. They really are all alike. Head over to the library, ask the librarian to point you in the right direction, and go to town.
Some Activities and an Amazing Free Printable
- Talk about prevention – taking three big steps away from the stove, grill, or other hot place, keeping away from lighters, matches, and dragons.
- Test your fire alarm and scare the crap out of your dog.
- Identify all the exits in your house, which one to use if the fire is in the kitchen (or garage or wherever) and crawl around to get to them. Here they are crawling under a black sheet (the smoke and yucky air) and getting to the exit.
- Designate a meeting place. Wave to your neighbors as you chill with your family on their front lawn.
- Practice Stop, Drop, and Roll. The fire fighters tell us that you should also cover your face to protect your eyes. My son now calls it Stop, Drop, Cover Your Eyeballs, and Roll.
Make an amazing poster to keep by your phone. We have a home phone, but if you don’t just use any charged cell phone – even if it’s deactivated.
Click HERE for a Free Printable cut-and-paste. Just fill it out and post it near your phone. Set their little minds at ease.
- Unplug your phone and practice dialing. Please don’t practice by really calling 9-1-1. Emergency responders don’t want to come to your house for funsies. That’s why they give free tours at the station.
- Play fire fighter. What if you got stuck in your room? Would you hide? No way! Yell out for the firemen when you hear them. Don’t be afraid. Clap, stomp, bang on the walls and windows. Practice yelling, “I’M IN HEEEEEEEEERE!!!”
If your kids are like mine, they will love this little unit until about bedtime when you will have to reassure them over and over that the house is not going to burn to the ground/they will not be trapped in their bedrooms/no one is going to die/yes the firemen will save the dog/okay just go to sleep already.
Have fun and enjoy the extra snuggles.