Stop, Drop, and Roll

I think we officially have the coolest library ever.  Not only do they have fantastic weekly storytimes for various age groups, bi-weekly learning and literacy programs, and amazing employees in the children’s department, they also brought in FIRE TRUCKS for a special visit!
A certain little someone I know couldn’t wait to see them!
The program itself was really well done.  Six of the fire fighters and EMTs came to talk to the children, reinforcing what number to call in an emergency and what to do if your clothing catches on fire.  One of the volunteers put on his uniform piece by piece so that the kids wouldn’t be afraid of how he looked.  They described the purpose of each piece of equipment and even turned on the oxygen tank so the kids would hear what it sounded like.  Then, they invited all the kids to come hug and high-five him, touch his uniform, and talk to him so that they knew there was nothing to fear.
They stressed the importance of running TO a fire firefighter dressed that way rather than away from him or her in an emergency situation because that’s the way to safety.
Then, the kids got to go outside and climb all over the truck and the ambulance.
The EMT showed them a pair of scissors and actually cut a penny in half with them!
…and they even gave out fun hats!
Little Crafter had the best time and keeps talking about how fun it was to see a real fire truck and fire fighters.  I really appreciated how educational it was and how well they tailored the presentation to make the kids feel safe and prepared.  Of course, we wanted to send a thank-you to the guys and gals of the fire department who participated in such a special day, so we made this fun firetruck card.
All you need is cardstock, pipe cleaners {provided by Craftprojectideas.com}, craft glue, and scissors or a paper cutter and punch.
I pre-cut two red rectangles and one white rectangle, and punched three black circles.
Little Crafter glued all the pieces in place to form the fire truck.  Then, we cut the pipe cleaner into pieces and used craft glue to build a ladder.  We’re going to send it to them along with a few of the pictures so they can see what fun he had!  What’s the coolest thing your library has ever done?
Don’t forget to enter the pink jewelry giveaway here, and stay tuned for a very special “un-giveaway” coming your way on Wednesday!
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11 comments on Stop, Drop, and Roll

  1. Denise :)
    October 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM (3 years ago)

    Fun, fun! My hubby is a fire fighter, and they do these classroom visits fairly frequently. He did one on his off day as a favor for a friend of mine who teaches pre-k special ed. I went with him to help. It was so much fun!! I’m glad your little guy had such a good time!! He’s a cutey! :)

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  2. andie jaye
    October 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM (3 years ago)

    gotta love fire safety awareness month, right? our library did this on friday too! then yesterday we got to go to an open house/ pancake feed at our station. i love watching kiddos around fire trucks… it’s so fun!

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  3. MiMi
    October 17, 2011 at 4:20 PM (3 years ago)

    How fun! I need to take my boys to the fire dept. I still haven’t. I am a loser.

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  4. Terry
    October 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM (3 years ago)

    What a fabulous idea, getting the kids comfortable with the appearance of the firefighters. That really IS a great library program.

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  5. Jamie
    October 17, 2011 at 8:06 PM (3 years ago)

    How cool! I love it when the Firefighters do stuff like this. :o ) Thank you so much for linking up to Make Yourself Monday!

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  6. Grandma
    October 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM (3 years ago)

    Great post and great pictures…such a nice idea to inform the little guys about running TO the firefighters and not to be afraid of them.

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  7. Nicole@Thrifty Decorating
    October 20, 2011 at 9:40 PM (3 years ago)

    Love this idea!! Homeschoolers are always looking for creative ways to cover fire safety! :)

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  8. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear
    October 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM (3 years ago)

    Our library doesn’t bring fire trucks in! What a great library. Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  9. Lori
    October 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM (2 years ago)

    Soo much fun! These kids love fire trucks. We didn’t cover fire safety month this year.

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  10. Laura @Art For Little Hands
    October 24, 2011 at 2:47 AM (2 years ago)

    So fun! I love our library too. I don’t know why I don’t do more of their programs. It is all free and all great! I love the craft you did with your son too especially the pipe cleaner ladder. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness. Hope you come back again tomorrow!

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  11. Brooke @ Let Kids Create
    October 24, 2011 at 4:52 AM (2 years ago)

    How fun is this? What a great library you have! Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

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