People often forget I was a teacher…until they come to a party I have planned for one of the kids. I usually try to incorporate multi-modal, semi-educational activities for the kids to engage in if they choose. I don’t like to structure the whole party for them, but I do like to have theme-related activities for the children to do if they need a bit more direction with their play (and, let’s face it, with preschoolers and toddlers, they often need A LOT of direction).
For the fire truck party, I had 7 “stations” (catch the double entendre?) where Buddy and his friends could engage with the fire truck theme through art, drama, “writing”, pretend play, and building. Below are pictures of some of the activities:
Station #1: Put Black Sticky Dots (from an office supply store) on a Dalmatian. My mom designed the dogs – isn’t she creative??? The kids did an awesome job and it was completely developmentally appropriate for the 1.5 to 5 year olds at the party.
This is where the food was – I’ll share the treats we served in tomorrow’s post.
Station #3: Firefighter Puppet Show
With hand drawn stick puppets, (covered in clear contact paper for protection) the kids acted out scenes that shared their knowledge of fire safety. The girl attendees seemed more interested in this activity than the boys.
Station #4: Dictated Writing and Stamp Station
The children used the Melissa and Doug vehicle stamp set to stamp a story about a fire truck. Then they told their story to an adult who wrote down their ideas. A printable of the Stamp-A-Story sheet I created can be found here: Fire Stamp Story.
The original plan was to use the R & M Fire Truck 5 Piece Cookie Cutter SetI found on Amazon for the Play Doh Center – except, there was some glitch and I was sent not one, not two, not three, but four sets of alphabet cookie cutters instead. After getting to know my mail carrier very well, I decided to just get a dog bone cookie cutter and have the kids make treats for the dalmatians.
Station #6: Dress Up as a Firefighter and Take a Picture with Red
What is a preschool party without a little dress up? While the real firefighters were getting ready to take a lap around the block with siren, horns, and lights blaring, two of the little girls ran into the house and dressed up in the pretend firefighting gear. I didn’t catch their outfits until later when I saw a picture of them sitting on the front stoop all suited up. To say it was adorable is an understatement…
Station #7: Decorate the Chalkboard with Fire-Related Items
Given a scene of a fire house, fire dog, and firefighter, the children were asked to draw tools such as fire hoses, fire extinguishers, boots, a fire truck, etc. on the chalkboard wall in our finished basement. Of course, since most of the children have yet to really develop their fine motor skills, their drawings looked more like sticks than actual objects (see evidence below).
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