ABC Fireman Spray

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ABC Fireman Spray

Our two year old is in the middle of a serious fireman phase. He loves playing with fire trucks, pretending to put out fires with his imaginary hose, and reading books about firemen.

 

Since I have shiny red trucks on my mind all day long, I was thrilled when I ran across a pack of red, orange and yellow index cards in the back to school section at Target. They were the perfect color for fire flames! I instantly started brainstorming fun ways to transform them into a learning game.

 

Later that day, I stacked several of the cards on top of each other at a time and used my scissors to shape flames. Then I wrote one alphabet letter on each card. {I decided to use lowercase letters this time around but you could play the same game with uppercase letters instead.}

 

ABC Fireman Spray {Playdough to Plato}

I placed a roll of tape on the back of each letter and spread the flames out on our fence like this:

ABC Fireman Spray {Playdough to Plato}

Then it was time to invite my 3.5 year old over to play. C quickly pulled on our fireman outfit and filled his water shooter with water from our kiddie pool. He was ready and excited for his first challenge.

Using a call-to-action kind of voice, I announced that the letter {r} was on fire. C needed to use his water shooter to put out the flames as quickly as possible. He hurriedly searched the cards to find the matching letter and then doused it.

ABC Fireman Spray {Playdough to Plato}

I called out several more letters for him to spray before we started working on some other ABC skills including:

  • Spelling {and spraying} each letter in his own name and the names of other family members.
  • Extinguishing the letter that makes a certain sound. {“Spray the letter that says /m/.”}
  • Dousing the letter that comes next in the alphabet. {“What comes after the letter D?”}
  • Spraying the first letter in certain words. {“What is the first letter in the word cat? It makes the /c/ sound.”}
  • Extinguishing the lowercase letter that matches an uppercase letter. {“Look at the capital letter I wrote on this piece of paper. What flame shows another way of writing this letter?}

 

ABC Fireman Spray was a huge hit with my son and I hope your family will enjoy playing it too. Leave us a note sharing how the game went in your home or school in the comment section below. We always love hearing from you!!

 

About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4, 2.5 and 5 months}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.

9 Comments

  1. How did you make the shooter? What is inside? Such a cute idea. I already have a fireman suit for my grandson. He will love this!

  2. We also are in a firefighter phase at our house, love this idea! I also really like your extension activities.

  3. Yay Kate! I’m excited to read that you’re a a fan of the activity. I hope it comes in handy with your firefighters too. :)

  4. Great question, Donna! We bought the water shooters at Target a couple of months ago.

    I hope your grandson loves the game too!

  5. Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  6. Very clever and I can see that this is fun for boys! Thanks for sharing on the hop.
    -Reshama @ StackingBooks.com

  7. I’m excited you’re a fan of the ABC Fireman Spray, Reshama. Thanks for saying “hello”!

  8. Love the idea. I will incorporate some of your ideas to my fire safety lesson currently being worked on.

  9. What a fun way to practice ABC learning. :)

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