On Saturday, whilst Damian was at work, the children and I met my cousin and her children in the local town centre for a special Blue Light Day. It was a day for the general public to meet the people behind the various emergency services and to get close to the various emergency vehicles.
The children are, like many, endlessly fascinated by police cars, fire engines and ambulances and it was good fun to get up close to these vehicles and to also sit on the blood bikes.
It was really good and there was opportunity to speak to the members of the emergency services and there was also a CPR demonstration which Mr D in particular was really interested in, and is something we will follow up soon.
The following day they wanted to look at some of their books – a favourite of which is this Firefighter (Busy People). We have read a few of the busy people series before and they are superb books – they give lots of information in a really accessible way about how the fire fighters work and some of the jobs their role entails. The full Busy People range can be found here – I’m adding Builder, Doctor and Police Officer to the Christmas wish list for my three as these are very well read books here so it will be nice to complete the set.
We also had lot of fun with this fire station play book from Miles Kelly. The book is really innovative in that it starts as a story to read, telling the reader all about the role of the firemen and how their day goes as they receive their jobs or complete their tasks.
Once the books has been read it folds out into a playmat with 20 characters to play with. It’s very clever and comes complete with fire station which has illustrations on both the inside and outside as well as a lot of pieces to play with.
The children had fun playing with this and it was lovely to hear them chatter about the scene they were playing out. We will be exploring this more again soon and link the fire service with the other emergency services too.
The children loved getting up close to the emergency services at the Blue Light Day and it great to hear them link what they had seen to the books they asked me to read with them.