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..............................Butterflies(Isolation) and Dragonflies(Isolation) return on Tuesday 22nd June 2021..............Lions(Closure) and Tigers(Closure) return on Monday 21st June 2021.....................Giraffes and Zebras - Return date TBC.............................................

Creative Ideas

Todays creative activities are all linked to firemen. 

Depending on what you have to hand in your home you may need to make a few adjustments to the activity, we would much prefer you adapt an activity than make additional journeys outside your home. 

You may want to have a go at all, or some of these creative activities or you may be able to think of your own. 

Can you build a ladder?


Decide what you want to use, it might be blocks, Lego, cardboard or something else.


Firemen put out fires, using their hoses. 

We love to water play in Lions and Tigers and you can do some at home. 

Find something that will squirt water.

(for example a clean spray bottle, water pistol, squirty bath toy, calpol/eye drop syringe)

Depending on what you are using you might play in the bath, the garden or with a bowl or tub of water. 

Your grown up might even set up a picture of a fire for you to put out.

Or you could use stacked plastic cups to knock down with the water.

Grown ups, you might want to try runny poster paint on the side of a old tub or the bath (dont leave it on long) to create flames or chalk on the fence or ground for your child to squirt. 

The squirting action will also help to develop hand muscle strength that we need for writing. 

Or you can stack plastic cups. 



Fire art work. 

Using paint if you have it, create a fire picture. You might even add the fire engine. 

You could explore different ways of making flames. 

Here are some ideas. 

  Here the paint has been covered with cling flim then squished and squashed with fingers to make a fire picture. 




Here the paint has been put on the paper using a fork to give flame effects.  



Or you might use chalk to make your flames. Remember you can use your finger to blend the chalk together.



Then add a fire engine if you want. 


Learn and perform the firemen song (tune of I'm a little teapot)

Create a climbing fireman.

You will need





*a straw


Using card make a ladder, this could be a food cardboard box like a cereal box. 

Cut out a fireman shape, add decoration if you want. 

Cut the straw in half, stick it to the underside of your fireman with tape, like shown. 

Thread the string through the straw, keeping a loop at the top.

Use the loop to hang your fireman from a handle or hook, with the ladder against the wall/cupboard.

Gentle pull each side of the hanging string and the fireman will begin to climb. 


The science explanation of how this works is that you have made a simple pulley system. Pulleys are often used to lift heavy objects, pulling one side makes an upward pull on the other. For really heavy things more wheels helps to spread the weight further and lift more easily.