Transform the dramatic play center into a Fire Station! This is a perfect learning activity during a fire safety theme or a community helpers theme. It’s a great opportunity to teach your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten students what do to if there is an emergency. Teaching health and safety is important so students know what to do if there is a real emergency. By making a pretend fire station, students can act out and practice what do in various emergency situations.
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As you can see above, I have two white shelves on both sides of the center. This shelf has all the firefighter equipment they will need to act out various emergency situations. Most of the props I made or found at the dollar store. I did buy four Firefighter dress up outfits which came with hats and walkie talkies from Target. Another option is this one from Amazon, though a bit more expensive. I’ll tell you how I made the props later in this post.
The other shelf is for all the things firefighters need at the firehouse like a kitchen, table, cooking props and dog house. The 911 station is on this side too! I made the 911 station with a table, a laptop computer and a few printables (phone book and pretend phones).
Here’s my favorite part: the house that’s “on fire”! I made it by taping two of those cardboard presentation boards together. Then the students painted the “bricks” on the side and after it dried, I cut window holes in it. The “fire” is cut up red, orange and yellow plastic tablecloths from the dollar store.
Students can put the fire in the windows and take it out during play as they pretend to “put out” the fire.
Firefighters At Work
Check out these two firefighters putting out the fire! The hoses are plastic tubing from Lowes. They could also stack the red “fire” cups up and pretend it was a fire too.
My students LOVE animals so they decided to pretend to “save the kitty” from the burning building. It’s an easy way to practice taking care of others and build compassion for others and animals.
The fire extinguishers are just plastic spray bottles from the dollar store that I covered in red duck tape. The air tank is made with an empty juice bottle and duck tape. I taped stripes around it with duck tape and hot glued ribbon to the back to create straps. Add labels to the front to create meaningful environmental print.
In an emergency, students may need to call 911. It’s important to practice that during play! I added a phone book with their phone numbers to help students learn their parents’ phone numbers as well.
This unit is the perfect time to teach what to do in various emergencies or have firefighters come to the school to teach fire safety.
You can’t have a fire station without a fire truck! Again, I used a trifold cardboard presentation board to create a fire truck. I painted it red with a window, made a stripe with white duck tape and glued on gears and buttons. The printable gears and buttons are in my Fire Station Dramatic Play pack.
Road Maps! I’m always trying to think of fun ways to sneak in math, literacy and fine motor. I thought to make neighborhood maps students can trace. Before they drive the fire truck, they can trace the map so they know where the emergency is. The maps are laminated so students can trace them with a dry erase marker over and over and over. Exploring maps is a fun way for students to explore maps and tracing the path exercises those fine motor muscles.
After the emergency is over, the firefighters can write a report and reflect on what they did at work. They love using little clipboards because they felt like an adult. I love it because they are writing and reading! If you have three-year-olds, they will scribble but just remember that is an important stage in writing too.
If you want to set up a fire station and want all the printables, CLICK HERE to grab Fire House Dramatic Play from my TPT store.
If you want math and literacy centers for a Community Helper theme, click HERE and check out this post (it has fire freebies too)!
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