Firetruck fun in preschool!

You can’t celebrate fire safety week in preschool without spending time exploring firetrucks! My preschoolers absolutely love firetrucks and so this post is dedicated to our fun with firetrucks throughout the week…

Fun with Firetrucks by Teach Preschool

Our firetruck book

Let’s start with the book we read. I chose the book “Fire Truck” by Peter Sis. This is a funny book and an informative book about a little boy who loves firetrucks so much that he turns into a firetruck…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

The book gives some fun details about firetrucks and is a fun story to tell too…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

Firetrucks on the Light Table

All around the classroom, we provided a variety of ways to explore firetrucks and the colors of fire. At the light table, the children drew lines with firetrucks on our fire sensory bags…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

The plastic baggies were filled with about a teaspoon of red, yellow and black paint to represent fire or colors we commonly associate with firefighters and firetrucks.  The baggies were sealed and taped to the light table with clear packing tape and the children could use their hands or the fire trucks to create lines in the paint, mix the colors of paint, and enjoy the sensory experience of the paint inside the bags…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

Paper firetrucks at the art table…

The children also made their own construction paper firetrucks. This was a simple process of gluing basic shapes to form their own firetruck…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

The children could add lines for ladders as well…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

And they were invited to add other details to their trucks…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

The paper firetrucks were a fun way for the children to create their own version a firetruck and then draw the details that they found most interesting or important…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

Firetruck Painting

The children loved painting with firetrucks too! We set out the red, yellow and brown paint for the children to roll their firetrucks through…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

Some of the children decided to add a few cars to their firetruck paintings as well…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

In our preschool class, anything that can be rolled through paint is always a big hit…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

Firetruck Dramatic Play

The children also spent time driving firetrucks around our colorful fire stations and parking lots…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

To make our fire stations, we taped several paper bricks together. We made four fire stations and each was a different color with a different number on the top.  We also created a parking lot with colored tape to go with each fire station…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

The children came and went through out the morning. This type of center is a good way to invite the children to spend time together driving, talking, negotiating, pretending, and creating their own rules for play…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

After preschool, my grandsons spent more time playing with the fire stations…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

And eventually the fire stations were dismantled from all that play…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

DIY Firetrucks

And a big hit of the week were our DIY cardboard box firetrucks…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

I found the perfect boxes for making firetrucks and my assistants painted them and added a few details to make the boxes look like firetrucks.  We cut two holes in the bottom of each box that the children could slip through and added handles on the side of each fire truck for the children to hold onto as they walked around…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

We used our DIY firetrucks both indoors and outdoors.  On our first day of using the firetrucks, it was raining pretty good outside and so the children drove the trucks around our small classroom.

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

Let me say it was more like bumper firetrucks but the children didn’t care…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

By the next day, we had pretty weather outside so the firetruck driving was a little more fun with lots of space to drive around…

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

Real Firetrucks

There are so many ways to explore firetrucks and of course, the best way to explore firetrucks is to go inside of a real firetruck which is exactly what we did!

Fire Truck Fun by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-10-11T15:00:40+00:00October 11th, 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.

7 Comments

  1. Holly October 11, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Love this! Where did you get the fire trucks in the pictures with the block fire stations? Thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      I found some of them at Target and some of them at the Dollar Tree. I think you can buy wooden cars like this on Amazon too:)

  2. Rhythm October 12, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Wow!! What fun!!

  3. Di February 18, 2017 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Hello. What great ideas. Where did you buy the paper bricks?
    Thank you

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Di – they were donated to my preschool but I am sure you can get them on Amazon. Sorry I can’t be more specific for you!

  4. joanne lightfritz September 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    So we built an AMAZING playhouse (looks like a real house, working windows, doors, etc) All of my kids have a fire fighter hat. I use my fog machine (from Halloween) to simulate smoke. We practice crawling on our bellies, etc… The BIG fun is when I open up the side windows of the house and the “smoke” comes out. All the kids hold the hose with their hats on and “”put out the fire” with water.

    • Deborah Stewart September 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      That sounds sooooo awesome Joanne!

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