Whether your are celebrating Fire Safety Month in October or putting together a community helper unit for your children this fire truck activity would fun to do. It is super easy to put together and super fun for kids to do.
The goal of the activity is to blow into a straw and get all the flames off the bottom a plastic bag decorated with a fire truck. If you can get the flames above the fire truck, that is even better. It takes a lot of breath control to get the flames ( tiny pieces of colored tissue) to rise off the bottom of the bag before you fill the bag with air.
We had to release the air collected in the bag a few times before my son was able to get almost all of the tissue pieces flying. The great thing about this fire truck activity is that you can repeat it over and over again.
How Did I Put This Fire Truck Activity Together?
Step One: Gather the Materials
- Large plastic bag
- Average sized straw ( A wide straw will allow tissue to fly into it and into your kids’ mouths. A narrow straw won’t generate enough air to get the tissue paper moving.)
- Orange, red, and yellow tissue paper in small pieces
- Red and black permanent markers
- Fire truck coloring page
Step Two: Decorate the Fire Truck Bag
You will need to search your children’s coloring books or the internet for a coloring page picture of a fire truck. Then you will place the coloring page into the plastic bag. Next your will use the permanent markers to trace the picture of the fire truck.
If you prefer to draw the truck for this fire truck activity freehand, you can. I am just not that talented when it comes to drawing fire trucks.
Step Three: Assembling the Activity
You will need to place a bunch of the colored tissue pieces in the fire truck bag. Next you will place the straw in the bag. You will need to seal the top of the bag to the right and left of the straw by pressing down on the seal or zipping it shut.
Getting the Fire Truck Activity Going
Now it is time to start blowing the flames. We tried laying the fire truck bag on the table and blowing. It was much easier to hold the bag the top or on its sides as air is being blown into it.
After posting this activity, I decided to see what it would look like with the fire truck colored in. I went back colored in the fire truck and retook some of the pictures.
Here is what it looks like colored in:
I even made a new opening picture for the colored in truck.
Which do you like best?
Before or after doing this fire truck activity, you may want to sit down with your children and read a fire truck related children’s book. Here are a few of our favorite fire truck books.
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Curious George and the Firefighters– Curious George goes on a field trip to a firehouse and ends up helping the fire fighters put out a fire.
The Fire Cat – This book is an easy reader. It tells the tale of a cat named Pickles who is adopted by a fire department. Pickles learns during this book to help the fire fighters do their jobs.
Meeow and the Big Box– Shares how Meeow uses a big box to create a fire truck for pretend play. We first heard this story at a library story time. The librarian created an interactive box that illustrated how Meeow created her box step by step. It was such fun.
Do you have favorite fire truck themed children’s book?