One of the most important things to teach children is how to get out safely in case of a fire. Show your children at least two ways to exit every room — often, this means through a window and a door. Depending on your child’s age, ask them to plan an escape route and turn it into a map. Be sure to practice this plan and have a designated meeting spot outside of your home. Ask your child open-ended questions like: What’s important to remember if there’s a fire? Or how should we act if there’s a fire and we need to leave?
Playing games is a fun way for children to remember important safety rules. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Make your own fire hat! You only need a few supplies for this fun, simple activity. Let your child decorate their hat however they like. It could be a superhero fire hat or a sparkly purple one — let them unleash their creativity!*
Have your child paint the paper plate using their favorite color(s).
Once the paint dries, help them cut out a circle on the inner rim of the paper plate. Cut out about ¾ of the plate so that you’re left with a round flap.
Flip up the flap of the plate so it’s standing up.
Help your child trim the rounded top so it resembles a muffin.
On a piece of construction paper, cut out a badge shape. Have your child write their favorite number on the badge.
Glue the badge onto the flap of the hat and let your little firefighters put out some imaginary flames!
*All activities should be supervised by an adult.
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