Safety Art

For Fire Safety Week our preschool has a fire truck come out and the children learn about fire prevention and safety issues. Although the truck itself is very exciting, my students love the “fire dog” (Dalmatian) even more! SO, this year I drew a picture (size of a full sheet of paper) of a dog’s face with black marker on a white sheet. I ran off enough copies for each student and asked them to cut out the head. I let them choose whether they wanted to glue it onto red or black paper and they did so. After it was glued on I gave them a cup of black paint and told them to add the SPOTS to our dog’s face to make him look like a Dalmatian. They used their little fingers and had a GREAT time! The result was so adorable! We labeled them “Jane’s Fire Dog!”

Have each child cut out a pattern of a telephone. They will paint them using various tempera paint colors of their choice. Use a hole puncher to punch in a hole on the headset and one on the receiver and tie a curled ribbon into both holes. Have each child paste a small index card with a number pad and have each child trace the numbers and symbols with a crayon or marker. Ask each child what number to dial in case of an emergency. Have them circle the numbers “9” and “1” with a red crayon or marker. On the top of each phone write 911 in large print. Have the children finish their phones by decorating them with glitter. Remind students and parents to keep their “Safety Phones” near their phones at home as a reminder in case of an emergency. Also, encourage children to practice dialing “911” on their “Safety Phones” and also on play phones in the house area.

Make a 911 collage on large index card. First discuss the importance of being able to use 911, staying on the line, and knowing your address. Write 911 on index card and let children trace with glue. Use popcorn, confetti, macaroni, or whatever you have to cover the glue. Glitter will work but will probably get all over the house. As a mom I know how annoying that can be 🙂 Have parents post by the phone for a reminder for the child.

Make signs for your playground. Cover cardboard cut into sign shapes with paper and let children paint different traffic signs, eg. stop sign, yield sign walk/don’t walk sign, school crossing sign. Use cardboard gift wrap tubes propped over a ruler or stick stuck in the ground to put them up around your trike riding path. Get a policeman’s hat and let them practice obeying the signs.