Fire Safety Lessons for Early Childhood1) Keep hands off of matches, lighters or anything fire related. Ask an adult to help you if you need to light a candle or to heat something up. Use flashlights in the dark if needed instead of candles, unless supervised by an adult. Make it memorable: Bring in objects that are safe to touch and objects that are not safe to touch. Use pictures instead of objects if you prefer. As a group talk about each of the obects and sort those that are safe to touch and those that are not safe to touch. 2) It is fun to roast marshmallows, cook hotdogs, and sit around a camp fire, but always make sure to stay at at least an arm’s length distance when sitting around a fire or cooking over a grill. Make it memorable: Make a pretend camp fire, and practice staying an arm’s length away. This is a great component to add into an early childhood camping or summer theme, too. 3) If your clothes catch on fire remember to STOP, DROP and ROLL as it will take away the oxygen that keeps the fire burning. Below is a diagram from the WittyWe video we watched as part of our fire safety study. We love being able to freeze the video to reinforce important details. Make it memorable: Often we take time to discuss STOP, DROP, and ROLL, but the idea will stick with kids much better if you actually give them the chance to practice. Make it fun by singing a little song as you do! 4) If a fire starts in the house or at school, go to the nearest exit and wait for the rest of your group in a safe place outside. If a door is hot, NEVER go through it. If you are on the ground floor try a window instead, or wait for help as far away from the door as possible. Make it memorable: Draw a class or family map showing where to go in the event of a fire. Take time to practice going to that location. 5) NEVER go back inside a burning building! Make sure you or an adult call 911, and the firefighters will be there quickly to help stop the fire using water and other types of extinguishers depending on the kind of fire it is. Make it memorable: Use a pretend phone to practice dialing 911. Also be sure to mention the only times kids are allowed to dial 911.
PRINTABLE FIRE SAFTEY THEME LESSON PLANSSave time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme.
- Fire Drill Practice Cue Cards (in color and b/w)
- Beginning Sounds Spin and Cover Game-2 versions for sounds /f/, short /i/, /r/, short /e/, /s/, /w/, short /a/, and /t/ (in color and b/w)
- Fire Fighter Writing Prompt Response Page
- Fine Motor Fire Fighting Pre-writing Cards (in color and b/w)
- Save the Cat Shapes Board Game (in color and b/w)
- 1-20 Fire Counting Mats, plus a blank option (in color and b/w)
- Fire Safety Shape Mats- 11 shapes including rhombus and diamond options (in color and b/w)
- Roll and Add Math Game (in color and b/w)
- The Firefighter is Here Positional Language Emergent Reader (3 versions in color and b/w)
- Real Fire Safety Photographs
- Uppercase and Lowercase Hydrant and Hose Letter Matching (in color and b/w)
- Fire Safety Word Cards (in color and b/w)
- 0-35 Fire Number Cards (in color and b/w)
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