If possible, we try to get a fireman to come into the classroom to discuss what they do. We’ve even toured to a local fire station to see their facilities, trucks, clothing, etc. The students always enjoy seeing the environment of these everyday heroes.
At the end of this study children can make their own fire trucks out of boxes. This is a messy project, so all students need a smock or large t-shirt.
- medium to large box
- red paint
- black paint
- paper plates
- black and white construction paper
The box should be larger than the student with the top and bottom cut off. This works best if there is a triangular area at each corner left and not cut out to ensure the box stays sturdy after painting. Then, pain the box red. Household paint works well and dries quickly.
While the paint is drying children can start cutting out their wheels and steering wheels out of black and white construction paper. You could also have these already pre-cut. Paper plates work well, if you want to eliminate the process of cutting.
The paper plates can be painted black, and glued on. The steering wheel can be the outside edge of a paper plate, painted black. Once all items are glued on, the students can poke holes on the right and left sides of the fire truck to inert the twine. The pieces need to be tied on the inside. This allows for students to carry the boxes on their shoulders.
Once everyone is finished, they can march in a parade of their fire trucks. This always is a fun activity with large groups of kids. Parents can come in and watch the final product.