Age: toddler, child
Skill for Bub: Muscle Builder, Just for fun, Mind Builder
Your child will love pretending to put out fires in this homemade firefighter uniform and rescue truck.
Playing dress-up is a creative way for children to try on different “grown-up” jobs. This firefighter costume and fire truck may take a little extra effort to make, but it’s worth it to help your young one imagine what it’s like to be a real live superhero.
Make a classic paper hat using a sheet of newspaper painted red.
- Fold the piece of newspaper in half.
- Fold the two folded corners in at a diagonal.
- Fold the top flap two times up toward the folded corners.
- Turn the hat over and repeat the same folding pattern.
- Make a badge out of yellow construction paper. Label it with a numeral of your child’s choice and tape it to the front of the hat.
Create a number using black duct or masking tape and adhere it to the back of a yellow raincoat.
A wooden spatula makes a safe make-believe fire ax.
A small garden hose is the perfect piece of equipment for dousing out pretend flames.
- Cut a round hole in the middle of the top of a large cardboard moving box.
- Paint the entire box red.
- Paint a picture of a white ladder on the right and left sides of the box and lots of buttons and levers.
- Paint yellow headlights and taillights and a license plate labeled with the word EMERGENCY.
- Attach a paper plate to one end of an empty paper towel cardboard container to use as the steering wheel. Cut a small hole in the top of the box and insert the steering wheel.
Give your child a small bell or whistle to sound the alarm. Now this is five-alarm excitement!