Carrying on from our fire lighting last week I thought that a bigger fire which will burn for longer will give the children even more opportunity to understand the real meaning of fire safety. We managed to link in again the very popular “three little pigs” story; which many parents have been telling us their child adores!
During the children’s snack I showed them each component to the fire. These were; cotton wool, newspaper, shavings, a fire steel and wood. I would the light the fire whilst engaging the children by talking to them. Asking questions about if they have a fire at home; shall I touch the fire? Some children managed to ask me a few questions, these were mainly “what you doing?” We also spoke about the three little pigs and how the wolf burnt his bottom again, many children recreated the story and seemed to remember quite a lot!
Once I felt the children understood the fire I shown them what we will be toasting over the fire… marshmallows!! Of course the children were ecstatic about this thought and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. They moved towards the fire slowly, 2 at a time, on their knees. The children didn’t attend the fire too long as at times it could be very smoky!
On Wednesday morning we had the babies join us which was lovely, they seemed to really enjoy themselves and some of them were absorbed by the fire.
After the marshmallows had gone we spoke about leaving the fire and how we must extinguish it, so here goes the question of “what shall we put the fire out with?” A few answers were a camera, marshmallows or “blow it”. Of course I gave them a hint by touching the water and they soon figured it out. I poured the water over as the children eagerly watched on and soon it was all gone!
When we had collected all our belongings some of us had enough time to explore the farm or greenway, where as other sessions we were so busy we had to rush back to nursery!
It was a great week fire lighting and most of the children seemed super excited to tell their parents what they had been up too!
Next week we will be exploring fire steels again which the children seemed to be eager about still.
Thanks for reading,