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After observing my twins pretend with the items in our environment and listening to their questions while reading books about fire fighters it became apparent that my son especially was very interested in fire hoses and fire hydrants. The mystery of where the water came from was high on his list of things to understand. To help him investigate this further, we took a walk to look at fire hydrants.
*My camera and theirs. (They each have one of this style of camera, which work great for little hands)
*Their Journals and Colored Pencils
Things We Did:
*Took pictures of the fire hydrant. A few of these were later printed and added to our environment.
*Talked about the different parts of the fire hydrant and where we thought the hose would hook up.
*Wondered where the water came from. This was added to our list of questions.
*Drawing in their journals wasn't of interest to them this time, but some children might want to sit and draw a hydrant.
*They helped me pick a couple of pictures to print.
*We compared the fire hydrants to one of the fire fighter books on our shelf
*We added the pictures to their shelf in a couple more little frames. (I have about 5 cheap frames with the glass removed from Target that I use for their projects)
*This is an activity that we have repeated a few times. It is easy, free and of great interest to my little ones. There are several hydrants within walking distance. Don't be afraid to do things repeatedly if your child(ren) find value in them.
*We have also counted fire hydrants while walking places. For instance, I now know that there were 15 between our house and the library in Baraboo.
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