Family Time Calendar: Firehouse Fun

What does your child want to be when he grows up? If "firefighter" is at the top of the list, a trip to your local firehouse is sure to be a three-alarm adventure your little one will never forget. Firehouses love opening their doors to youngsters, offering them a chance to check out the shiny red trucks and cool equipment. Plus, your child will learn how to prevent fires and what to do in an emergency. (Think "stop, drop and roll.") At some stations, children are invited to climb aboard the trucks, flash the lights and try on the gear. The firefighters may also offer live demonstrations using hoses and fire extinguishers. Before you feed your children that morning, check in with the firehouse since some occasionally offer pancake breakfasts to the community too. Yum!

Your child will love pretending to put out fires in this simple-to-make firefighter costume.

Firefighter hat:
Cut two large semicircles out of a piece of red construction paper. Place them together and punch holes along the edges of the round sides. Attach the semicircles by threading a piece of ribbon or yarn through the holes. The stitching should run across the top of your child's head, from front to back. Create a badge by cutting a small square out of a yellow piece of construction paper and taping it to the front of the hat.

Firefighter jacket:
Cut a number out of a sheet of black construction paper and tape it to the back of a red or yellow child's rain slicker.

Cover an individual box of cereal with tinfoil to create the perfect rescue communication device.


Fasten three cardboard paper towel tubes together with tape.

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