Children love to pretend to be Firefighters, Doctors, Construction Workers, Musicians, Artists and anything grown-up. These Firefighters & Police Officers Activities, for two weeks, are a perfect way to introduce kids to these brave community helpers that work to make life better for others.
Firefighters & Police Officers Activities
Play dough, stamps, scissors, lacing beads and cards, puzzles and blocks are set out for the children to choose from, and get creative during this 30 minute period.
Firefighters & Police Officers Circle Time
Everyday during Circle Time we do the morning routine, which includes the Calendar and ‘Number, Color, Shape and Letter of the week’. We then read a story, sing a few songs and do a group activity.
On every Monday we change the ‘Classroom Helpers’ Classroom Jobs. Each child has a name card on a popsicle stick, and they get to choose their job of the week.
Firefighters & Police Officers Circle Time Activities
Activity 1: Weekend News
Every Monday morning each child gets a chance to talk about their weekend and what they did. The children then draw a picture in the ‘weekend news’ journal, and the teacher writes down what they have said.
Activity 2: Policeman vs. Fireman Video
This video is 20 mins long, so there will be no time for other activities.
Activity 3: Police Officers & Firefighters Bingo
We did this activity as a whole class. The children sat in a circle and the teacher picked up the Bingo cards and said the word out loud. We continued playing until everyone had Bingo’d!
Activity 4: Blippi visits a Fire Station
Blippi is a favorite among my kids. His visit to the Fire Station video is perfect for those of us that are unable to visit a real Fire Station at the moment 🙂
Activity 5: 5 Little Firemen
Cut out and laminate the Five Little Firemen and the fire truck that you will find at the end of this free lesson plan. Listen to the ‘Five Little Firemen’ song. Ask children to sing the song again, while using the cut-outs of the Firefighters to act it out.
Activity 6: Police Officer and Firefighters Memory Game
Print out and laminate 2 sets of Police Officers & Firefighters Bingo Cards. Place the cards face down. 1 Set one side and the other on the other side. Children take turns to pick one card from each set. If the cards match, they get to keep the matching cards.
Activity 7: Stop, Drop & Roll
Watch the video with the kids and let them practice Stop, Drop & Roll.
Activity 8: Numbers 1 – 20 Memory Game
Place the cards face down. 1 Set one side and the other on the other side. Children take turns to pick one card from each set. If the cards match, they get to keep the matching cards. (Print out and laminate 2 sets of the Numbers 1 – 20 Bingo Cards).
Activity 9: Numbers 1 – 20 Bingo
Firefighters & Police Officers Songs
Seven action songs all about Firefighters & Police Officers, to get those bodies moving and grooving. Click on the image to head over to the post.
Firefighters & Police Officers Books
Sixteen of the best story picture books that are perfect for the Firefighters & Police Officers theme. Click on the image below to read what these books are about.
Firefighters & Police Officers Printable Book
Activity 1: Circle the letter that each picture starts with
Before you hand out the activity sheet, ask children which letters different police officer and firefighter objects begin with. Ask volunteers to write these letter sounds on the board. Hand out the activity books and ask the children to color all the beginning sounds while the teacher demonstrates on the board.
Activity 2: Letter Sounds Puzzles
Write the words orange, blue, yellow & red on the board. Explain to the children that they need to cut out the puzzle pieces and put them together to make these 2 color words. Children complete the puzzles.
Activity 3: Color the pictures in each row that begin with the same sound
Write letters Aa, Hh, Pp, Ll, Bb, Rr & Ff on the whiteboard (upper and lower case letters apart from each other). Ask children to point to the matching upper- and lower-case letters and then to memorize all the letters, then to close their eyes as the Teacher erases a letter. Children guess the letter when they open their eyes. Continue with more letters. Children complete the activity sheet.
Activity 4: Help the Police Officer find the path
Place ABC cards on the floor in alphabetical order and ask the children to take turns to jump next to the cards as everyone sing the ABC song. Children complete the activity sheet by coloring the letters.
Activity 1: Number Match
Count from 1 – 10 on your fingers. Ask children to do the same. Look at the cut-out sheet. Count the pictures and fingers on the hands with the children. Do the same with the dice sheet. Children cut out the pictures and paste it next to the correct dice number.
Activity 2: Help the Firefighter to find the Firetruck
Stick number cards 1 – 20 on the board. Count while pointing to them. Ask volunteers to do the same. Children complete the activity sheet by coloring the numbers.
Activity 3: Addition
Show children how to add using fingers or children. Children complete the activity sheet.
Activity 4: Pictograph
Children color all the identical pictures the same, then. Color these, count and complete the pictograph.
Activity 5: Traffic Sign Shapes
Go outside, draw some shapes with chalk on the floor. Shout ‘Square’ and everyone runs to the square. Continue with all shapes. Children cut out the traffic signs and paste these onto the correct shapes.
Activity 6: Patterns
Demonstrate creating patterns on the board with one, two and three attributes (i.e. shape, color and size). Children create their own patterns on the activity sheet using stamps or finger paint.
Activity 7: Color, Stamp & Trace
Children color the bubble number, stamp the amount (or use sticker, or finger paint) and trace the numbers.
Activity 8: Color, Stamp & Trace
Demonstrate more/ less with volunteers (this group has more children than this group etc.). Children color the set that has less on the activity sheet.
Police Officers & Firefighters Art Activities
Activity 1: Police Hat Paper Craft
Children color the hat with blue markers and cut out all the pieces. Then the teacher helps them assemble the hats.
Activity 2: Paper Plate Police Car
We did not have enough time this week to complete this fun activity that I found over at terrificpreschoolyears.blogspot.com. Click on the image to head over to the blog.
Police Officers & Firefighters Science Activities
Activity 1: Investigating Finger Prints
Talk to the kids about finger prints and how everyone’s is different. Ask them to look at their own and at their friends’ finger prints. Children then use ink pads to print all the fingers on their left hand and then all the fingers on their right hand.
Activity 2: Fire Painting
Paint the fire using yellow and red water paint and see the magic happen.
Activity 3: Fiery Fires
What you need:
- Baking Soda
- Red and Yellow Food Coloring
- Muffin Paper cups
Completing the Activity:
Mix the red and yellow food coloring in water to make orange. Pour some of the liquid in each child’s cup. Pass around the vinegar and ask the children to smell it. This was very funny.
When everyone has smelled the vinegar, pour some in each child’s cup (almost to the top). Then ask the children to scoop up some baking soda (with a teaspoon) and to put this into their cups with the orange mixture. This is where the fiery fires erupt 🙂
Police Officers & Firefighters Cooking Activity
What you need:
- Strawberry/ Raspberry jam
- Cheese Slices
- Pretzel Sticks
- Oreo cookies
- Plastic Knives (we used coffee stirrers)
How to do the activity:
Cut the bread slices in half and give each child one. Put a teaspoon full of jam onto the slices and ask the kids to spread it using the plastic knives. Cut the cheese slices into 6 rectangles and give one piece to each child (the firetruck window).
Give each child 2 pretzel sticks and show them how to make pretzel ladders. Hand out one Oreo cookie to each child and ask them to open the cookie up and to use these as the wheels. And they have little edible firetrucks!
Police Officers & Firefighters STEM Activity
This activity was a little difficult for some of the children in this age group (ages 3 – 5), but we nevertheless still had lots of fun with it. The aim of the activity was to get the Firefighter to ‘climb’ the ladder.
So I stuck two plastic straws on the back of the laminated picture of the firefighter and thread some string through it (with a loop at the top). We then looped the loop around the top of the firetruck and the children tried to get the firefighter to climb the ladder.
In the end they figured out that you have to pull one of the strings to the side to get the little man moving.
Phonics is taught in order from A – Z and we spend the first semester on learning all the letter sounds. The second semester is spent on Word Families and Sight Words. We learn 2 letter sounds a week through songs, crafts, centers, cut-and-paste activities, tracing & coloring. This week we will learn about the letters Qq & Rr
Monday: Letter Introduction
Every Monday, the teacher introduces the letters of the week. We watch the Jolly Phonics Letters O & P songs and do the actions, then listen to the Bounce Patrol letters O & P songs. Afterwards, we play the letters Oo & Pp games on Starfall.
The teacher then shows the children the word cards and ask them to name the pictures and to place it under the correct letter on the word wall.
Tuesday & Thursday: Letter Crafts
Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for Letter Crafts. The children all love these. For this week we did the ‘Q is for Queen’ and ‘R is for Rabbit’ Letter Crafts.