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Fire Safety

A Bonfire Night-themed PSED activity to try

Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.   -William Shakespeare
Photographer: Yaoqi LAI | Source: Unsplash

Here’s an activity to help teach the importance of safety when it comes to fire and heat – very appropriate for around Bonfire Night, all while exploring children’s PSED progress. It can be used for single children or a group.

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this PSED activity today:

What you will need:

A range of objects (and photos of any objects which are too large to have on the table) which make things hot or cold:

  • Candle
  • Kettle
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Ice cubes
  • Oven
  • Hot water bottle
  • Ice pack
  • Matches
  • Bonfire
  • Fireplace
  • Gas hob
  • Snow
  • Ice pack
  • Water bottle from the fridge

Either:

  • Flipchart paper
  • Red marker
  • Blue marker

Or

  • Red hula hoop
  • Blue hula hoop

Preparing the activity:

  1. Draw a big red circle and a big blue circle on flipchart paper (alternatively, set out the red and blue hula hoops) on the table.
  2. Arrange the objects/photos of objects on the table next to the circles, in no particular order.

Doing the activity:

Ask the children to sort the objects into things that are hot and things that are cold, placing them (or the photos) into either the red or blue circles. Encourage the children to talk about if and/or how they’ve encountered the different objects before (e.g. ‘Grandma’s house has a fireplace’ or ‘I had an ice pack when I hurt my knee’).

Emphasise the importance of adults handling certain items rather than children and use this to teach key fire/general safety principles such as ‘only adults use matches’ and ‘don’t touch the kettle’.

Extend the activity by talking about which things are hotter or colder than others, carefully using some of the different objects to test their ideas. E.g. touching the water from the fridge and then comparing it to ice cubes, or boiling a kettle to show the steaming water and comparing it to warm water from the hot tap.

Tracking the activity:

22-36 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Managing feelings and behaviour: “Aware that some actions can hurt or harm others.; Can inhibit own actions/behaviours, e.g. stop themselves from doing something they shouldn’t do.”

Communication and Language: Understanding: “Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little).”

30-50 months

Understanding the world: The world: “Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.”

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