Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fire! Fire!

To say my son is obsessed with fire engines is a huge understatement. Everything we do leads back to firefighter play. No matter what we start out doing or where we are, everything comes back to daring rescues accompanied by loud sirens and hosing things down.

BOOKS:
We'll no doubt post more fire truck-related books in the future, but these are the ones that we're very into right now... My son can't get enough of Curious George. I have to admit that I get really tired of reading all the monkey hi-jinks, but he loves him so much that I can put up with the endless George stories. So Curious George and the Firefighters by Margret and H.A. Rey is a favorite of my little guy. He also adores Richard Scarry stories. So he delights in the rescue attempts of Chief Smokey and the gang in A Day at the Fire Station as well as The Busiest Fire Fighters Ever!. And finally, I can't post this without mentioning how we appreciate the dramatic illustrations in Tibor Gergely's classic Golden Book, Fire Engines.ACTIVITIES: Box Fire Truck -- We just happened to have a rainy day, the craft box out, and this small red box that had onetime housed Christmas treats. So I started cutting. I took the bottom half, which was white, and cut a third of it and taped it to the top of the red box. Then I cut out some circles from black construction paper for wheels. My son got busy with the glue stick and markers. We taped on a ladder, and then my son had to add googly eyes. And then he asked for silly teeth. It was a very quick project that provided us with a very cute boxy, smiley, fire truck. My son named him "Snozzle" and plays with him among the other toy fire trucks.Fire Station Tour: What could be better than an actual visit to the local station? When meeting the firefighters my son could barely contain himself. He was star-struck. He was fascinated with the truck, the suits, the helmets, the boots, etc. Get the neighborhood moms and kiddos together and call your local station to set up a group tour. It's really worth it. Even with a group of two-year-olds.

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