We made shapely fire trucks in preschool

A neat way for children to explore shapes through art!

We haven’t done much with construction paper art this year so I decided to invite the children to explore the process of making a fire truck with construction paper shapes. I set out the different construction paper shapes on a tray for the children to use. The children selected the shapes they needed for their fire trucks…

Arranging their Shapes

We also tried using our glue jars and brushes instead of glue bottles just for a change of pace…

I always make plenty of extra shapes for a project like this. I never know how many “windows” or “wheels” a child will choose to add to his or her fire truck so I just keep extra paper handy in case we start to run low on shapes…

Adding to their Creations

Once the children added their shapes to their fire truck, I invited them to use the black crayons to make rungs (or lines) for the ladder and a driver for the window…

Not every child chose to add rungs and people. This child decided to add a dog in his window which I thought was quite clever…

Enjoying the Process

This was a very simple process since I didn’t have the children cut out their own shapes.  We will add cutting to the process at a later time.

Today, I just wanted the children to focus on choosing how they wanted to arrange and glue their construction paper shapes onto their rectangle to create a fire truck.


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Links to Grow On..

Fire Truck Abstract Art 

Fire Station Table Top Role Play

A collection of other fire Safety Week links



By |2019-01-14T11:01:16+00:00October 9th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

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