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MY DOCTOR BAG
Children glue bandaid, q-tip, popsicle stick or large craft stick (tongue depressor), gauze, cotton ball and construction paper medicine bottle inside a black construction paper bag.

FIRE TRUCK
Students color, cut out, and then reassemble the fire truck.

Geometric Fire Trucks
From Mrs. J. pre-k room. The children used precut geometric shapes to make a fire truck.

The same idea from the kindergarten room. The children cut and tore their own shapes to make a fire truck which they then labeled.

Doctors!
From Mrs. B. room - the children covered two precut circles with foil then attached one to a headband and the other to pipe cleaners which they then secured in the back so they could wear it like a stethoscope. Adorable and so simple.

Interactive Big Book Station
Working with the book Community Helpers.


We practiced brushing teeth. Teeth are the bottom of liter soft drink bottle cut off and painted white.


Practicing flossing. One side of an egg carton painted to look like teeth and gum. Floss is string.


We graphed our favorite toothpaste

GIANT TOOTH BRUSH
Fold a 9x12 piece of white construction paper in half. Draw lines and have children cut up the lines and make bristles for the tooth brush. Make a brush handle out of colored construction paper. Put child's name on the handle. Glue brush onto handle. Give the children a variety of materials to decorate their toothbrush handle with (like glitter and stickers).


Fire fighter in full gear.

Children get an up close look at the inside of a fire truck.

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Post Office
Step inside!
Stamps for sale!
Packages, postcards,
Letters to mail!
Come to us
For your money's worth.
Deliveries made
All over the Earth!

SAFETY WHEN CROSSING STREET
This isn't for traffic lights, but for crossing safely:
Stop, look, listen
When you cross the street.
Use your eyes,
Use your ears,
Before you use your feet!

POST OFFICE IDEAS
We took a large box and painted it to be a mailbox.  Used poster board to make the top part and cut a slot for letters and an opening in the back to take the letters out of.
We used old envelopes and paper the kids wrote *letters* on to mail.
We also used shoe boxes to make individual mailboxes labeled with each child's picture so that kids could *mail* letters and cards to their friends.
We set up a post office using stamps and stamp pads the kids could pretend with as well.
We also took a walk to the post office and went through the back.  This was set up ahead of time of course and the kids loved it.   We did this during Feb so the kids got a Valentines coloring book with stamp images too.
There are coloring books that have many different pretend stamps in large formats so kids who are into that might enjoy coloring them.
We also had some parents who had contacts in the post office and got us old uniforms for the kids to dress up in.  Hats and jackets were a real hit.

MAIL CARRIER SONG
Sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Write, write, write your cards,
And lots of letters, too.
 I will bring them to your friends,
And they will write back soon.

5 LITTLE LETTERS
Five little letters lying on a tray (extend fingers of right hand)
Mommy came in and took the first away (bend down thumb)
Then Daddy said, "This big one is for me"
I counted them twice, now there were three (bend down the pointer finger)
Brother Bill asked, "Did I get any mail?"
He found one and cried, "A letter from Gale!" (bend down middle finger)
My sister Jane took the next to the last.
And ran upstairs to open it fast. (bend down ring finger)
As I can't read, I'm not able to see
Who the last one's for, but I hope it's for me! (wiggle little finger then clap hands)

POLICE ACTIVITES
These cross-curriculum ideas submitted by Cheryl
I Am A Policeman
(sung to: I'm A Little Teapot)
I am a policeman, with my star.
I help people near and far.
If you have a problem, call on me.
And I will be there, 1, 2, 3!

Our Friend
The policeman has many jobs.
They never seem to end.
But this you must remember:
The policeman is your friend.

Police Officer
The police officer stands so tall and straight
Holds up his hand for cars to wait
Blows his whistle, 'Tweet, tweet!'
Till I'm safely across the street.

 The Policeman
There on the corner,
in his suit of blue,
The neighborhood policeman
is there to help you.
If you get lost,
he knows what to do.
Just tell him your name
and your address too!

 The Policeman
Sung to 'Mary Had A Little Lamb'
The policeman walking down the street,
Down the street, down the street,
The policeman walking down the street,
I wonder who he'll meet.

Lost Child
The adult plays the role of a mother and the child plays the role of the police officer.  Mother pretends to cry and says, "Oh, dear, I've lost my child, can you help find my child?"   The police officer says, "What does your child look like?"  The mother discribes  the child's hair color, clothing, eye color, ect.  The police officer walks around the circle and chooses one child he thinks fits the discription and brings the lost child back to the mother. That child is the next police officer and the game continues.

Two tall policemen met in a lane,(Place 3rd  finger on each side of cheek)
 Bowed most politely, bowed once again.
 How do you do,
 How do you do,
 And how do you do again?

 Police Officer
 Police officers are helpers wherever they may stand.
 (Stand with feet apart, hands on hips.)
 They tell us when to stop and go by holding up their hands.
 (Signal stop by holding up hand and go by pointing index finger.)

 Police Officers fingerplay
 Five police officers standing by a door-------
 One became a traffic cop; then there were four.
 Four police officers watching over me----
 one took home a lost boy, and then there were three.
 Three police officers dressed all in blue----
 One stopped a speeding car, and then there were two.
 Two police officers---how fast they run!
 One caught a bad man, and then there was one.
 One police officer saw smoke faraway.
 He called the firehouse, and the fireperson saved the day.

Art:
Make police hats using black construction paper. The front of the hat has a small brim and top of the officer's hat all  one piece. Add more of a strip to fit around the child's head.
Make badges out of yellow paper.
Paint using police cars in paint.

Dramatic Play--Police Station:
Police officer hats and badges, black belts, walkie talkies, telephone aphonebook, pads of paper and pencils (for ticket books), table and chairs (front desk), small clipboards for issuing tickets, 911 signs, stamp pads, posters or pictures of police officers (make sure to include female officers), two large empty boxes (have children help decorate one to resemble the jail and one to resemble a squad car)

Fingerprints
Police people...here are 2 ways to observe and collect fingerprints. Rub a pencil point several times on paper. Rub the child's finger in the graphite and stick a piece of transparent tape over it. Then stick the tape onto paper. After doing several of one     child's fingers, observe that each print is the same. But everyone's prints are different.
Have child touch a metal box. Pour a line of powder at the edge of the box and "blow" gently. With a soft brush, very lightly brush over the box. Fingerprints will appear. Allow children to use magnifying glasses to examine prints.

For police week, line the children up against the wall, which has a big piece of newsprint paper taped to it. Then we trace the outlines of their bodies for our "line-up." Then they can decorate their own outlines any way they choose with whatever materials you provide.

ART ACTIVITIES FOR COMMUNITY HELPERS
The Cook's Kitchen
Need: play dough, pictures of various foods, cookbooks, cooking utensils, medium-sized cartoon with flap that opens.
Put out play dough, box, and other props so children can create different foods. Then, children can become chefs by cooking them in the cardboard "oven."

Menu
Need: markers, glue, magazines with pictures of food, construction paper.
Have children cut out of the magazines pictures of food and glue onto construction paper to create menus.
Children can "write" the names and prices underneath the pictures of these foods. Compile menu pages and place in the Dramatic Play area.

COMMUNITY HELPERS RHYME
Recite each verse and have children take turns telling about each job and how doing it benefits others.
What Do You Do?
Teacher, Teacher,
What do you do?
I teach you reading
And writing, too.

Doctor, Doctor,
What do you do?
I help when you're sick
With a cold or the flu.

Counselor, Counselor,
What do you do?
I help you with problems
And I care about you.

Firefighter, Firefighter,
What do you do?
I help fight fires
That might hurt you.

Officer, Officer,
What do you do?
I help you stay safe
In all that you do.

Dentist, Dentist,
What do you do?
I clean your teeth
And keep your gums healthy, too.

Children, Children,
What will you do?
When you grow up,
Which job is for you?

Health/Community Helpers (Doc/Nurse)/etc.
Submitted by Margie
Demonstrate covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze by showing
children to use the backs of hands so that they don't touch things after
they sneeze/cough.  Some teach to use upper inner arm too?!?!

HEALTH
Submitted by Jen
this is a wonderful demonstration of the importance of covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze:
you will need: a balloon, holes from hole puncher, a permanent marker
Place the holes in the balloon, blow it up and twist the end but don't tie it. Draw a face on it using the end that you blow on as the mouth. Tell the kids that there are germs inside of Mr. Balloon and he is going to remember to cover his mouth as he coughs....then let the air out of the balloon covering the opening with your hand. only a few germs should escape......then blow him back up and show them what happens to Mr. Balloons germs when he coughs and forgets to cover his mouth....germs fly all over the room

COMMUNITY HELPERS SONGS & FINGERPLAYS
Following cross curricular activites submitted by Anita N.
SONGS/CIRCLE TIME
 Police Officers fingerplay
 Five police officers standing by a door-------
 One became a traffic cop; then there were four.
 Four police officers watching over me----
 one took home a lost boy, and then there were three.
 Three police officers dressed all in blue----
 One stopped a speeding car, and then there were two.
 Two police officers---how fast they run!
 One caught a bad man, and then there was one.
 One police officer saw smoke faraway.
 He called the firehouse, and the firemen   or fireperson  saved the day.

Hurry Hurry Fire Truck
Hurry, hurry drive the fire truck, (hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. (ring bell)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner, (1ean to the right)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner, (lean to the left)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner,
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. (ring bell)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder....(climb the ladder)
Slowly, slowly, back to the fire station.... (lean slowly to the left and
to the right)

DID YOU EVER SEE A WORKER ?
 Did you ever see a builder, a builder , a builder
 Did you ever see a builder saw this way and that?
 Saw this way and that way, saw this way and that way
 Did you ever see a builder saw this way and that
 Did you ever see a painter A painter A painte
 Did you ever see a painter brush this way and that
 Brush this way and that way brush this way and that way
 Did you ever see a painter brush this way and that
 Did you ever see a farmer a farmer a farmer
 Did you ever see a farmer Plow this way and that
 Plow this way and that way plow this way and that way
 Did you ever see a farmer plow this way and that
 Did you ever see a miner a miner a miner
 Did you ever see a miner dig this way and that
 Dig this way and that way dig this way and that way
 Did you ever see a miner dig this way and that
 Did you ever see a teacher a teacher a teacher
 Did you ever see a teacher write this way and that
 Write this way and that way write this way and that way
 Did you ever see a teacher write this way and that
 Did you ever see a baker a baker a baker
 Did you ever see a baker toss pizza like that
 Toss this way and that way toss this way and that way
 Did you ever see a baker toss pizza like that

  I'm a Big Red Fire Truck
 I'm a big red fire truck long and stout,
 When I am needed, I roar and shout.
 People love to see me rush about,
 Just turn me on and head me out.
 I'm a big red fire truck stout and long,
 Here's is my laddler, tall and strong.
 When I get a call, you'll hear my song,
 Just climb aboard and turn me on.

SENSORY
Bakery Shop
Give the children a large batch of play dough that you could scent with cinnamon, and cookie cutters. Let them have fun making bread, cookies and cakes.

GAMES
 Charades
Act out an occupation and have the children guess who you are pretending to be. Then let the children take turns pretending to be someone.

FOOD EXPERIENCE
 Cheese Hammers
You will need cheese chunks and pretzel sticks. Cut a variety of cheese into small squares. Poke a pretzel into each one.

Title: Bakery Shop
Give the children a large batch of play dough that you could scent with cinnamon, and cookie cutters. Let them have fun making bread, cookies and cakes.

Title: Beyond The City Limits
Materials: colored chalk, throw-away objects
On a sunny day, take a box of colored chalk outdoors and let the children create a town or city with buildings, roads, intersections with traffic signs, reailroads leading out of town past the factories and farms, lakes, streams, and other interesting roadside attractions - simply by drawing them to life on the sidewalk, Various 'throw away' items may be used to build bridges, tunnels, caves, waterfalls, and mountains. A rock may serve as a car, or a leaf may be an airplane. The children's imaginations will lead the way.

Title: Doctor's Bag
Materials:black construction paper, red contruction paper], stapler, white chalk, items such as band-aids, cotton balls, etc....

1. Fold the black paper in half and draw a docot bag on it so that the fold is the bottom of the bag.
2. Cut it out and staple the sides together
3. Cut a red cross out of the red paper and glue it on the bag
4. Write Dr. **** on the other side of the bag
5. Put cotton balls, band-aids, and whatever else you would find in a doctor bag that the kids could play with.

Title: The Fix-It Shop
Find something broken - an old appliance, a chair, or a vehicle (wagon, tricycle, bike, etcLet the children fix it with pliers, screwdrivers an masking tape. Let each child work on a different broken item. When they're finished, they'll charge you for 'parts and labor,' so be ready to pay plenty.

Title: What I Want To Be
Materials: large white butcher paper, tracing crayon, crayons or paints, scissors
Have each child lie on a large piece of butcher paper and outline the body. When complete, have the children dress themselves in appropriate attare for what they want to be when they grow up. A firefighter? They will need a red suit, heavy black boots, and a firefighter's hat. A mommy? They might have a baby in their arms or at their side and wear pretty earrings and carry a purse. A doctor? They might have a white coat and wear a stethocscope. Cut out the life-size pictures and mount them for display.

FIRE HATS
12" by 18" white construction paper
Scissors
Red and yellow paint
Paintbrushes
Cut the white paper into large oval shapes.
Help each child fold a sheet in half, with the twelve-inch-long edges
touching.
Unfold and let the children use their brushes to drip red and yellow paint
over one-half of the paper.
Fold on the same fold again and gently press and smooth the paper. Open the
papers up and discuss what happened to the color and the "firey" look they
have.
When the papers are dry, cut a hole approximately five inches across and six
inches at the highest point in the center of the paper to fit each child's
head. They can wear their firefighter hats to engage in dramatic play. Be
sure to mention that we have women and men firefighters.

STAY LOW & GO
Submitted by Julie
We practiced a pretend fire drill while the kids were at home and in bed. I had each child crawl put of bed(they were on the floor) , the walked  over to a designated "door". They had to touch it first to see if it was hot or cold. We pretended it was hot. Then I asked them what should you do next... then said stay low and go... i set up chairs in a line (verticle) and they crawled under all of the chairs. When they reached the end they pretened to stay by the window and open it up and call for help. When they finished I made them an official firefighter and we made fightfighter helmets! The kids loved it!

WHERE'S THE ALARM?
Seat youngsters in a circle on the floor. Choose a volunteer to be the firefighter. Ask that child to sit in the center of the circle, close his eyes, and pretend that he is asleep. Ask the children seated in the circle to put their hands behind their backs. Hand a small bell to one child; then direct her to ring the bell behind her back. As the children recite this rhyme, the sleeping firefighter should "wake up" to find the alarm (bell). Play until each child has had a turn being the firefighter.

Firefighter, firefighter,
Hear the alarm.
Save the building
From any harm.

Firefighter, firefighter,
No time to rest.
Wake up, wake up!
Do your best!

9-1-1 SONG
Submitted by Wendy
adapted.  Tune "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a big red fire truck long and stout,
When I am needed, I roar and shout.
When there is a fire call 9-1-1,
I get the call and I'm on the run.
I'm a big red fire truck stout and long,
Here's is my ladder, tall and strong.
Run to a neighbor and call 9-1-1,
I'll come help you on the run.

FIRE SAFETY WEEK
Make an obstacle course.
We used a refrigerator box for the house -- cut a door. When they heard the smoke alarm they had to first feel the door then proceed depending on whether or not we told them it was hot. If hot they proceeded to a window. After coming out the door they crawled under a table with black streamers hanging from it to represent smoke. Next a felt flame was placed on their clothing and they had to stop, drop and roll. After getting "outside" they ran to a neighbor's house to ask them to call 911, then proceeded to their designated meeting place. They enjoyed it and hopefully will remember something!

Place orange felt *flames* on child's shirt. Demonstrate how to Cover, Stop, Drop, and Roll on the carpet, to put the flames out. (*cover*, cover their face with their hands while rolling.)

*Clothespin sheets up around the room, about 2 ft from the floor, and practice crawling, low, under the *smoke*.   * Turn out the lights to practice getting out in the dark. Go around room and put red dots on hot things, and blue dots on cold things.

FIRE WEEK SNACKS
Submitted by Patricia
Fire Engine Cookies
Need: Graham crackers, red frosting (cherry or strawberry), oreo cookies, black licorice  Cut off one corner of a cracker. Frost with the cracker. Split the oreos apart and place one on the front and one on the back for the
wheels lay a black licorice across the top for the ladder.

Fireman Shake
Fireman need to be very strong. Prepare a healthy milkshake for your little fire boys and girls.
Need: 1 cup strawberries, 2 tsp. honey, 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream, 1 1/2 cups milk
In a blender or food processor, puree berries with honey, add ice cream and milk. Pour into glasses and serve.

Energy Chews
Need: measuring spoons, cup, raisins, peanut butter, honey, apple and oatmeal
Give each child a cup and mix the following together.
1 tbspn peanut butter
1/2 tspn honey
1 tbspn raisins
1 tsp. chopped apple
1 tbspn raw oatmeal
Wash hands. Then each child stirs the mixture and rolls it into balls. The mixture may be chilled for a while or eaten immediately. Firefighters need to have high energy.

Fire Fighting sidewalk chalk squirt bottles water
Draw a pretend fire on the side of your house or garage with colored chalk. Use water-filled squirt bottles to put the fire out. Squirt, the fire will magically disappear.

Burn a candle.
Place a clear glass jar down over the candle to explain fire needs air to burn. When there is no more air, the flame goes out. Explain this is why we roll on top of where the fire would be. (Tie into the STOP, DROP, AND ROLL concept)

NUMBER LADDER JUMPING
This was a big hit with our 3 yr. old children! You could use it for the letter "L",  numbers, etc. But we did it as a part of a community helpers theme as a fireman's ladder. Take some masking tape and tape a ladder form to the floor, with each
"step" about 1' apart.  Put the numbers 1-10 on index cards with a magic marker and tape them in the upper left hand corner of the rung/step. Use flash cards to have the student draw (or hand them any number).  They then have to jump "up the ladder" a step at a time, counting as they go, until they reach the number on their card. Students who are observing can help
with counting to reinforce their numbers.

NEVER NEVER PLAY WITH MATCHES
Submitted by Verlona
I learned this song 2 years ago. The children love it and it gets the message across.

Never Play with Matches
Never, Never Play with Matches
If you do, If you do, you might burn your fingers (rub your fingers together)
That won't due, That won't due
Never, Never Play with Matches
If you do, If you do, you might burn your house down (make a house with your hands)
That won't due, That won't due
Never, Never Play with Matches
If you do, If you do, you might burn the forest down (wiggle all your fingers like they are trees)
That won't due, That won't due

A COW AT FAULT
The burning of old Chicago was America's greatest disaster due to fire. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, as it is now called, caused the deaths of 250 people, and thousands of homes were destroyed. An unconfirmed legend has it that the fire was started by Mrs. O'Leary's cow. The cow was housed in a barn behind the O'Leary home. It is rumored that the cow's hoof knocked over a lit kerosene lantern, touching off a fire that destroyed the city. The legend of the Great Chicago Fire is told in There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Told With Song & Pictures by Robert Quackenbush. (Although this book is currently out of print, you may be able to find it at your public library.) After sharing the legend (and book if possible), ask your youngsters to specify some ways that fires can get started and what can be done to prevent these things from happening.

Firefighter ideas
Submitted by Krisplu
For fire prevention week, (this week) the children will be making their own fire detectors!!  It was a cute idea we found in Sept./Oct 98 Mailbox.  We modified it by using two small paper plates, with a hole puncher and punch holes around two paper plates together, then let each child string red yarn around the plates....stuff with tissue paper if you want, tie off then decorate with a red button.  They turned out really cute!!!!!
Other ideas are: adding the spots to the Dalmatian, straw painting(blowing) fire inside the windows, door, and chimney of a house, fingerpainting with red paint, etc.
Another cute idea is making a collage of What's Hot, What's Not......Look through magazines and find things that are hot, and things that are not..........
Make an obstacle course.  We used a refrigerator box for the house -- cut a door.  When they heard the smoke alarm they had to first feel the door then proceed depending on whether or not we told them it was hot.  If hot they proceeded to a window.  After coming out the door they crawled under a table with black streamers hanging from it to represent smoke.  Next a felt flame was placed on their clothing and they had to stop, drop and roll.  After getting "outside" they ran to a neighbor's house to ask them to call 911, then proceeded to their designated meeting place.  They enjoyed it and hopefully will remember something!

Tune - "Oh My Darling Clementine")
I'm on fire, I'm on fire
But I know just what to do
I will stop all of my running
Drop and roll's the thing to do
Books:
Fire!  Fire!  By Gail Gibbons
Fire Fighters by Norma Simon
Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell
When There Is a Fire . . .  Go Outside by Dorothy Chlad
Fire!  Fire!  Said Mrs. McGuire by Bill Martin Jr.
Never Play With Matches (Tune - "Frere Jacques")
Never, never play with matches.
If you do, if you do,
You might burn your fingers,
You might burn your fingers,
That won't do!  That won't do!
Never, never play with matches.
If you do, if you do,
You might burn your clothes,
You might burn your clothes,
That won't do!  That won't do!

Firefighter Song (Tune - "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little firefighter on the go. (move arms in a "running motion)
Here is my helmet.                 (point to your head)
Here is my hose.                    (hold an imaginary hose)
When I see a fire,                   (look, holding hand over eyes)
Hear me shout!                       (cup hands around mouth)
Turn on the water,                   (hold the imaginary hose)
And put the fire out-Shhhhhhh  (pretend to spray a fire with a hose)

Dramatic Play:
At circle time brainstorm what you would need to make a fire engine (we came up with wheels, lights, ladders, hoses) Collect a box long and large enough for at least two children to fit in at a time.  Have the children decide on the color and then paint.  We decided to use paper plates as wheels and small ones as headlights and a siren.  Long pieces of stiff cardboard were turned into ladders with yellow paint and a length of old garden hose made it complete.  When it was all dry I wrote "Fire Station #9" on it and now it is the first part of our "community" in our dramatic play center.  They are having tons of fun.  (Also added hats and big shirts for uniforms)

Fire safety
Follwing ideas submitted by Kristal
 Centers-*Sensory
Use small fire trucks/cars, and emergency people/signs, firedogs, to place in sand/rice table.
Art
1. Make a blackline master(4"X5") of a firedog in a fireman hat.  Use black paint to make dots on dog.
Using thumbs/fingertips paint on dots.  Fingerpaint/color hat red.  Cut out, punch holes at top, and make necklace using vinyl cord, or yarn.  Wear when firetruck/firefighter comes to visit.

Do fire painting.  YOu can use saran wrap or straws.
Saran wrap- Use black paper.  Squirt a line of red paint,and a line of orange paint on paper.  Place saran wrap on top-pull wrap down paper to create fire.  Kids with disabilities like this.  some do not like to get their hands dirty.
 

FIRE SAFETY
Following cross curricular ideas submitted by Laura    wlsweewuns@aol.com
ART PROJECTS
*Fire Engine
 Precut circular and rectangular shapes from construction paper. Have the children glue the precut shapes on to a piece of construction paper to resemble a fire truck. They may add yarn or string for the fire hose and use
straws to make a ladder.

* Fire Painting
 Using colours associated with fire (red, orange) squirt or draw thick lines on the paper and add a few drops of black paint here and there. Press clear plastic wrap onto the paper and squeegee the paint around. Pull plastic off
of the paper using a strong vertical pulling action. (This will cause the paint to look like fire.) When paint is dry have the children glue a black cutout of a house (windows cut out) and/or a black cutout of a fire truck.

SONGS
sung to the tune of "bingo"
 What happens if there is a fire ?
 Do you know what to do ? Oh !
 GET OUT ! QUICK , GET OUT !
 get out ! Quick ,get out !
 get out ! QUICK, get out !
 Stay very low and go. GO !

 What happens if there is a fire ?
 Do you know what to do ? Oh!
 STAY OUT ! DON'T GO BACK !
 stay out ! Don't go back !
 stay out ! Don't go back !
 Don't go back in the house. No !

 What happens if there is a fire?
 Do you know what to do ? Oh !
 GET HELP ! CALL FOR HELP !
 get help ! call for help !
 get help ! call for help !
  call 911 for help ! oh!

*Fire Safety
 Tune:  Frere Jacques
 Never, never play with matches
 If you do, if you do,
 You might burn your fingers, you might burn your fingers.
 That won't do.
 That won't do.

 Never, never play with matches
 If you do, if you do,
 You might burn your house down, you might burn your house down.
 That won't do.
 That won't do.
 (you might burn the forest is another verse.)
 by Leora Grecian  from "The Piggyback Songbook"

*The Fireman
Clang, clang goes the fire truck,
When it is racing about.
The firemen will work very hard
To put the fire out.
With their hoses and their ladders,
They answer to fire call.
When the fireman fight the fires,
They really help us all.

*Fire Department
Fireman, fireman number eight
Bumped his head upon the gate
The gate swung in, The gate swung out
That's the way they put the fire out!
Emergency, emergency 9-1-1
Emergency, emergency 9-1-1
Emergency, emergency 9-1-1

* Firefighter Finger Play
 Five brave firefighters, Sleeping so, (hold up a hand with fingers flat across palm)
 The fire bell rings, Down the pole they go, (open the hand and make a downward motion)
 Jump in the fire truck, Hurry down the street. Climb up the ladder, (make the fingers climb)
 Feel the fire's heat. (wipe sweat from your brow)
 Five brave firefighters, (hold up five fingers)
 Put the fire out. (make a wiping motion)
 Hip! Hip! Hooray! All the people shout! (shout)

* Firefighter Song
 Sung to 'I'm A Little Teapot'
 I'm a firefighter, my name is John
 I put my boots and helmet on
 I hurry to the fire and give a shout.
 With a burst of water,
 The fire is out.

*  Firefighters
 (sung to: Pop Goes The Weasel)
 Down the street the engine goes
 The Firemen fight the fire
 Up the ladder with their hose
 Out goes the fire.

I'm a Big Red Fire Truck
 I'm a big red fire truck long and stout,
 When I am needed, I roar and shout.
 People love to see me rush about,
 Just turn me on and head me out.

 I'm a big red fire truck stout and long,
 Here's is my laddler, tall and strong.
 When I get a call, you'll hear my song,
 Just climb aboard and turn me on.

SNACKS
* Fireman Shake
 Fireman need to be very strong. Prepare a healthy milkshake for your little fire boys and girls.
 1 cup strawberries
 2 tsp. Honey
 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream
 1 1/2 cups milk
 In a blender or food processor, puree berries with honey, add ice cream and milk. Pour into glasses and serve.

* Energy Chews
Materials:  measuring spoons, cup, raisins, peanut butter, honey, apple and oatmeal
Give each child a cup and mix the following together.
1 tbspn peanut butter
1/2 tspn honey
1 tbspn raisins
1 tsp. chopped apple
1 tbspn raw oatmeal
Wash hands. Then each child stirs the mixture and rolls it into balls.The mixture may be chilled for a while or eaten immediately. Firefighters need to have high energy.

*We made graham cracker fire trucks for snack!
Use 1 whole (double square) cracker for the body and 1/2 (1 square) for the cab. Use "ritz bitz" for the wheels, pretzel sticks for the ladders, licorice laces for the hoses, and a cherry for the red light.  Use frosting for glue!

Title:Brave Firefighters
Submitted by Peg
5 brave firefighters sleeping so - hold fingers flat against othe palm
The beel rings, down the pole they go - open the hand and make a downward motion
Jump in the fire truck, Hurry down the strret. Climb up the ladder. - Make fingers climb
Feep the fire's jheat - wrip brow
5 brave firefighters - hold up 5 fingers
Put the fire out - make a wiping motion
Hip! Hip! Hooray! All the people shout!

Title: Fire Engine
Precut circular and rectangular shapes from construction paper. Have the children glue the precut shapes on to a piece of construction paper to resemble a fire truck. They may add yarn or string for the fire hose and use straws to make a ladder.

Title: Fire Painting
Using colours associated with fire (red, orange) squirt or draw thick lines on the paper and add a few drops of black paint here and there.
Press clear plastic wrap onto the paper and squeegee the paint around. Pull plastic off of the paper using a strong vertical pulling action. (This will cause the paint to look like fire.)
When paint is dry have the children glue a black cutout of a house (windows cut out) and/or a black cutout of a fire truck.

Title: Firehouse
Invite the children to set up a firehouse. Allow the riding toys to be the fire engines, ambulances and the fire chiefs car. Set up a sleeping area, boots with pants can be set up next to the bed. Give the children a bell to sound the alarm and let their imaginations run wild!

Title: Fire Safety theme
Submitted by Carol of the Keep On Sharin' Loop
We go to the fire station for a tour.  The children get to sit in the firetruck and do the siren.  They love this.  Sometimes we have a fireman come to the school and talk to the kids.  We also visit the police station /or have a police man come to the school to talk to us.  One year on the police station visit the policeman giving the tour locked up the children in a cell.  The children loved it.  We took a picture of them locked up and it was put in our yearbook.
We also practice dialing 911. We have a rotary and push button phone.  Many children have never seen a rotary phone.  We teach how to dial on it.  We practice giving our names and address to the fire/police dept.
We also play a stop drop and roll game.  The children love this and it reinforces what to do if you are on fire.

 

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