Molly, by Golly! by Dianne Ochiltree
It is great to come across a book with a fire theme that focuses on both a female character and a person of colour. This particular book introduces us to Molly Williams, a volunteer chef in a fire house in 1818. When most of the firemen are sick with influenza, Molly steps in to save the day.
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Chalk art - Age 3+
Chalk art can be paired up with any book really. Drawing a fire happens to be quite easy if you have the right colours. Just scribble away! After drawing a big fire, try putting it out with a large splosh of water. Older kids can help draw things like buildings or houses that might be on fire and little ones can be in charge of 'watering' them.
Ready, aim, fire! - Age 1+
This can be a few tasks in one really. Adults can hand draw some simple 'fires' and kids can colour them in. If you want to reuse these, pop them into a plastic sheet or laminate them. For the target practise (which is a great gross motor skill activity), line up your fire pictures and let little ones try to knock them over with a pump spray or water bottle spray.
Hot or not? - Age 1+
It is never too early to teach little ones what objects they should stay away from for safety. This task could be done with objects cut out of a magazine, printed from online images or hand drawn. Having an adult or older child draw or at least colour them in is always an nice side project.
Use two piles, one for hot and one for not (or cold). Ask your little one to think about where each object should go. Ages 1-2 might need assistance, but repeating this task will help kids learn the vocabulary and which objects are for adults only.
- Research the real life Molly and write a biography
- Research other unsung heroes
- Find out more about 'first females' in different professions
- Invite fire fighters in to talk to your class
- Visit a fire station
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