With fireworks planned for our New Year party and a beautiful fire station activity book from Parragon waiting to be opened a fire themed activity hour began to take shape.
While everyone arrived we began to construct our fire station and engine before showing the children the Coombe Mill fire engine Farmer Nick had kindly driven over for us. We talked about fire safety and how our fire engine is used to pump out the hot tub in Tree Roots Cottage at the end of the week and cleanout the pig sty, I’m pleased to say it hasn’t ever been needed to put out a fire here but with the nearest reserve team a good 20 minutes drive away I’m rather pleased we have our own resources in an emergency.
The children then set about some firework crafts making a rocket from some green and red painted toilet rolls I had left over from our Christmas crafts.
Next we made firework pictures with wax crayons and brushed over watered down black paint to create the effect of fireworks popping out of the night sky.
All the time I had one eye on the weather which was due to take a turn for the worst, the first drops of rain accompanied us as we headed over to the den building zone and Guy showed everyone how to make a campfire safely within a DIY fire pit. In minutes it was burning brightly and we even had to move the seats back as the wind took hold before toasting our marshmallows on skewers.
I had a bucket of sticks ready and invited the children to take one each back to the tent. Here we took our time making Catherine wheels while the wind and rain lashed down on the tent roof.
There was no chance of running the train but at least we managed our real fire before the heavens opened.
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