Baby and Toddler Activity: Fun with an Emergency Mylar Blanket

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Prince Charming ran a half marathon last Sunday.  It was a relatively cool, rainy morning.  At the end of the race, all the runners were offered one of these emergency mylar blankets to warm up (or at least that's what I'm assuming their intended use was).  Prince Charming didn't want one, but I talked him into getting it anyway because I knew the boys would have fun with it! And fun was ce … [ Keep reading… ]

Learning to Dial 9-1-1

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Proceed with caution on this post...or else the 9-1-1 dispatchers might have it out for me with all the little ones accidentally dialing 9-1-1!  Before your child learns to dial 9-1-1, he/she needs to know what constitutes an emergency.  Obviously, an emergency in the eyes of a 3-year old might look vastly different than what an adult constitutes as an emergency (losing your Skittles is NOT an e … [ Keep reading… ]

Visit the Fire Station!

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We've visited the fire station a handful of times in the last few years. We most recently went for a scheduled tour with our church playgroup in July. There are lots of benefits to visiting the fire station, but the biggest (in my mind) was letting the children see a firefighter in his full gear (including the helmet and respirator). I can imagine it being quite scary seeing a fireman in all … [ Keep reading… ]

F is for Fire

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This alphabet craft was lots of fun to make and involved TONS of fine motor practice as well!  Our very first parent/teacher conference with Big Brother's preschool teacher was on Monday and she indicated that he could use a bit more work with fine motor control.  He's a boy, after all.  From my experience as a teacher (and a parent of two boys), it's rare to find a young boy who doesn't need ex … [ Keep reading… ]

Books on Fire and Firefighters

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Here are some of our favorite books on fire and firefighters. Firefighters A to Z by Chris L. Demarest This book is one of our favorite alphabet books!  Not only does it rhyme and have beautiful illustrations, it also introduces the alphabet in a fun, firefighting way!  The book is organized from the time the firefighters receive the call (A is for Alarm) all the way to when they get back to t … [ Keep reading… ]