Putting out fires with our DIY fire extinguishers!

Make your fire safety week fun and interactive with these neat ideas!

We are coming to the end of our week on fire safety and let me tell you, it has been one busy week! I thought of so many ways we could explore fire safety and a hands down favorite of the week was putting out fires with our DIY fire extinguishers…

I found a little fire fighter vest, hat and pretend fire extinguisher to help us introduce our fire safety topic during circletime and then decided it would be fun to do more with a set of DIY fire extinguishers…

Making a DIY Fire Extinguisher

I made a set of DIY fire extinguishers by covering empty spray bottles with red and black tape then adding a simple paper label to each one so they each resembled a real looking fire extinguisher then we filled them all with water. The children enjoyed spraying the extinguishers outside and in our outdoor classroom…

Practicing Fire Safety Outdoors

The children went outside and painted fire on our trees with red and yellow tempera paint..

We had flames going up all over the yard…

It’s a good thing that we had our fire extinguishers ready to go…

Hands-on-learning with Fire Safety

The young firefighters went right to work putting out every flame they could find…

They were serious about getting the job done…

They looked high and low until the flames were all under control but then…

Our young firefighters discovered that there were more flames all around the windows of our outdoor classroom.

Exploring Fire Safety through Dramatic Play

In fact, there were even flames blazing up on our firehouse…

Some of the children had a good idea to call 911 and get help quick!…

Help came just in time…

The firefighters took care of all the fires and could now head home to rest after a very big day on the job…

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By |2018-12-15T11:15:33+00:00October 8th, 2014|

About the Author:

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.

5 Comments

  1. Janet T. October 9, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

    We’ve painted the trees before, but we’ve never “set them on fire”. What a great idea! It’s definitely going into our dramatic play file for our next fire fighters unit.

  2. Sabrina October 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    This is AWESOME, thanks for sharing.I’m so ready to implement these ideas to my students. LOVVVVVVVVVVVVE IT!

  3. joanne lightfritz October 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I have this awesome wood playhouse we built for the daycare children (looks like a real house, front porch, working windows, etc) I set my fog machine up – opened some windows so the smoke would come out the windows. My group donned their fireman hats and worked together on the hose to “put out the fire”. I’ll post a pic in the comment section of this thread on fb. I then opened the big side door so they could see how smoke moves snd why they need to stay close to the ground.

    • Deborah Stewart October 17, 2017 at 5:30 pm - Reply

      That is FABULOUS Joanne!

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