National Fire Prevention Week (often referred to as Fire Safety Week by Preschool teachers) falls during the week of October 9th. Try these free fire safety preschool lesson plans full of hands-on activities that are perfect for teaching this important and life-saving theme.
Free Fire Safety Lesson Plans for Preschoolers
Fire safety is a popular theme in many preschools in the United States. These free fire safety lesson plans for preschoolers are not only a way to teach your preschooler basic–albeit very important–fire safety rules, but also a way to help them honor our first responders.
FAQ About Teaching a Fire Safety Theme in Preschool
Fire Prevention Week is observed every year to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1922. The fire burned from October 8-10 and destroyed approximately 3.3 miles, killing more than 300 people and leaving another 100,000 people homeless. Seventy-three miles of road were ruined, as well as more than 17,000 buildings were lost. The fire ultimately cost $222 million in property damage, making up one-third of the city’s value at the time.
In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. [Source]
Each year, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) features a different theme. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. [Source]
These fire safety preschool lesson plans will teach preschoolers how to be safe when around fires and how to respond should there be a fire. Included in the lesson plans are fire safety activities like practicing dialing 911, learning your address and phone number, as well as developing a fire escape plan as a family. Additional fire safety activities include playing hot and cold games, writing thank you notes to firefighters, and fire-themed process art.
Important Info About These Fire Safety Preschool Lesson Plans
The Learn at Home Preschool Activity Plans are a set of free activity plans you can use to teach your preschooler at home.
Each set of lesson plans is centered around a weekly theme and includes a minimum of 16 activities that can be done throughout the week. They are designed to be done at home with parents, but many preschool teachers are using these lesson plans, too!
Just glance over the lessons each day, gather the very few materials needed, and you’re ready to go!
All the preschool learning activities are quick and easy to set up, requiring very little (if any at all) prep and only require the most basic of household materials. This makes them especially easy for parents to implement…and this makes preschool teachers happy, too!
These activities also work wonderfully in the classroom, and if you’re a preschool teacher who is remotely teaching you can send these lesson plans to your student’s parents.
Where to Find More Free Weekly Lesson Plans for Preschool
The Learn at Home Preschool Lesson Plans are free lesson plans you can use to teach your preschooler at home.
All the preschool learning activities are quick and easy to set up, designed to save time, requiring hardly any (if any at all) prep and only requires the most basic of household materials. This makes them especially easy for parents to implement…and this makes preschool teachers especially happy, too!
Just glance over the lessons each day, gather the very few materials needed, and you’re ready to go!
But don’t be fooled by the name “at home” preschool lesson plans! These activities work wonderfully in the classroom as well, and if you’re a preschool teacher who is remotely teaching you can send these lesson plans to your student’s parents.
Fire Safety Activities for Preschoolers Included in the Lesson Plans
A preschool fire theme is all about fire safety and fire prevention. Two very, very important things for preschoolers to learn. From practical lessons about what to do in case of a fire to sensory and art activities…these are all easily done in the comfort of home, but also fun for the classroom!
Literacy Activities for a Fire Safety Preschool Theme
Hide and Seek Alphabet – Play hide-and-seek alphabet game in a darkened room with a flashlight. Sometimes firefighters have to go into dark buildings or buildings so full of smoke that they can’t see. Place letter cards around the room and have your preschooler go in with a flashlight on a mission to rescue the letters. Dress up as a firefighter to make this task even more exciting!
Alphabet Flames – Grab some sidewalk chalk and get outside! Draw flames with sidewalk chalk outside and spray them out with a squirt bottle. Add letters inside the flames to help your preschooler recognize letters and sounds and have them say the letter sound(s) as they squirt out the fire. Get creative and have your preschooler find the letters in his/her name and only put out those flames.
Don’t Forget the Fire Safety Picture Books!
These fire safety picture books are the perfect way to introduce being safe and responsible when learning about fires. Teach kids through stories and illustrations with these hand-picked favorites!
Math and Science Activities for a Fire Safety Preschool Theme
Phone and Address Recall – Write down your preschooler’s phone number and address on a piece of paper. Cut out the paper to resemble a house and help your preschooler remember them. Use a song or a chant to help make it stick. This is also a great way to help your preschooler develop number identification skills.
Call 911 for help – Draw a number keypad on a piece of paper. Help your preschooler practice “dialing” 911 for help. Guide them through what constitutes an emergency and when it is and isn’t appropriate to call 911. Practice dialing their own phone number too!
Safe or Not Safe? – Brainstorm items that are safe to touch and items that are not (like a fire, stove, matches, candles, etc.) Invite your preschooler to draw images of each and sort them into two sections: safe and not safe.
Playful Learning Activities for a Fire Safety Preschool Theme
Hot or Cold Dance – Turn on some tunes and imagine that you are very hot or cold! When you are cold, shiver and shake, brrrr. Hot? Pant, and fan yourself to get cool! Think of other silly ways to dance!
Fire Safety Plan – Create a fire safety plan with your family. If there is a fire, what do you do? Where do you go? Do you wait for others? Use the phrase, “Don’t hide! Go outside!” Designate a meeting place (like the mailbox across the street) for everyone to meet safely.
Water Art – Grab some squeeze bottles or spray bottles and head outside! Make water art on the sidewalk and watch it disappear. Draw images on the sidewalk and then spray them away!
Social-Emotional Activities for a Fire Safety Preschool Theme
Thank You Firefighters! – Firefighters have a really important job that requires them to put their lives on the line. Say thank you to the men and women who serve our communities by writing a letter of appreciation or dropping by the fire station with something special. First, invite your preschooler to draw a picture of a special firefighter. Encourage your preschooler to “write” a letter by using the sounds they know to share their special message. Place it in an envelope and mail it off or bring it to the station. This is a great way to model kindness and appreciation!
Crawling to Safety – Uh oh! There’s a fire! Did you hear the smoke alarm? Time to stop, drop, and roll and crawl to safety. Set up an obstacle course for your preschooler. “Spray” out the table that is on fire, stop, drop, and roll until you get to the couch. Now it’s time to work together to put out the big fire in the bedroom. Quickly discuss the best way to put out the “fire” and practice taking turns until the “fire” is out and everyone is safe. Repeat and take turns along the obstacle course!
Just Plain Fun Activities for a Fire Safety Preschool Theme
Fire Process Art – Create a “hot” scene with red, orange, and yellow tissue paper (or construction paper). Have your preschooler tear pieces of paper and glue them to create a fire.
Fire Truck Dramatic Play – Help your preschooler line up chairs to create the inside of a fire truck. Drive to the “fire” and put it out! Don’t forget to put on the siren!
Firefighter Dress Up – Firefighters have to get dressed quickly! Play a game to see how quickly your preschooler can dress in big clothing (like parents’ clothing) and get to the fire before it’s too late!
Make Your Fire Safety Theme Even Better!
Sometimes having theme-based materials on hand make your theme more fun and engaging! We hand-selected some of our favorite toys and activity sets for a fire safety theme!
Get Online Activities for a Fire Safety Preschool Theme
Online Story – Go to YouTube and listen to the book, Pete The Cat: Firefighter Pete by Eric Litwin. Discuss the difference between a good fire (contained campfire, gas stove, candles on a cake) and a bad fire.
Fire Safety Song – Sing along with this fire safety rap to help your preschooler remember to call 911 in case of an emergency and learn some important fire safety tips.
Drive the Fire Truck Song – Listen to this adorable song to help your preschooler learn about the job of a firefighter. The repeated phrases make this the perfect song for little ones to sing along with.
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.