Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fire Fighter’s Dramatic Play

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For the past month we have been focused on fire fighters and vehicles.

We created a fire truck out of two cardboard boxes.
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We spent the first couple of weeks just exploring the truck. 
How to get in and out, the front and the back, the equipment and steering wheel.

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After we had visited our local fire station we learned that fire trucks can be
different colours other than red. 
Our local fire trucks are black so when we wanted to paint our truck we
took a survey. 
What colour should we paint our truck; red, black or yellow?
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It was a tie between red and yellow.
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We started painting.  It didn`t matter where the red and yellow went.

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The children were so excited to continue playing
that they didn`t wait for the painting to be finished.
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I found a flashing light, after Halloween, that when covered with red cellophane
worked well for our emergency lights on top of the truck. 
A parent did offer to bring a siren in for us to use but I declined.

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Another prop that was added was an orange cheerleaders pompom
without the handle. 
It`s bright orange like fire and occasionally it would show up in
different areas of the room that would be on fire. 
Our fire fighters quickly put each fire out using their hoses made from
dryer vent tubing.

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The children have learned, not only about fire fighters,
but about taking turns,
working out differences,
and working together.