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Welcome to our Fire Prevention Classic Vintage Book Reviews  & FREEBIES post!

We hope you have enjoyed our Fire Prevention Unit activity fun thus far! 

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My babes DIG the book and record set scene. Some feature a narrator along with various orchestrations, songs and sounds, while others are just narrated. Book and record sets bring a multi sensory supplemental adventure to the story. The following sets are our FAVS and we read them several times throughout our Fire Safety studies.


The first Fire Safety book and record set we read while listening to is “Five Little Fireman”. It was a Little Golden Book that was put into a record set. The bright and colorful detailed illustrations take you along with 5 firemen of yesteryear on their job putting out a little house fire:

The firemen received a call about a house fire. Down the pole they slide and jump into their firetruck:

The fire won’t wait, so off they go:

They clang as they whiz through the streets:

They get to the little burning house and each little fireman promptly performs his duties:

The five little firemen put out the fire:

Then off they go back to the fire station, mission accomplished: 

And the five little firemen jump into bed, a job well done:  


We are very keen on Peter Pan Records as they are bursting at the seams with sounds, songs and brilliant illustrations. Frankie the Brave Fireman is a Peter Pan Book & Record set we review every year as well.

Frankie was a brave fireman:

but no one in his town took him seriously:

Even his fellow firefighter’s sing about his mishaps accompanied by an orchestra:

But Frankie kept a positive outlook and worked hard:

One day as Frankie sat on his bunk polishing his badge, the fire bell rang…all the firemen slid down the pole:

Frankie scurried as fast as he could but he was too late….Frankie had been left behind: 

The firemen were already at the fire singing their fireman song as they worked:

As Frankie came upon the scene, the firemen were gone and all was serene…but was it?

Sure enough someone had left their puppy and the fire was still burning upstairs…the building was about to collapse. As quick as a wink, Frankie grabbed a nearby ladder and climbed up:

Frankie grabbed that pup and out the door he ran…the people cheered:

The townsfolk talked about Frankie’s bravery for a long time afterward and Frankie and the pup became best friends:

eBay has a few to select from:

Frankie the Brave Fireman Peter Pan Book & Record Set

Our last book and record set is Huckleberry Hound at the Firehouse:

One day when Huck went looking for a job, he happened upon the firehouse. When the firemen saw he was not a Dalmatian, they promptly threw him out:

After Huck pouted for a bit. he went home and came up with an idea:

When Huck went with the firemen, all he did was create havoc:

But Huck was not daunted, no siree! Quick as a wink Huck jumped down the chimney and ran out the door and jumped into the firetruck:

Huck backed up the truck and slammed on the brakes. All the water poured out onto the fire:

And when the water washed Huck clean, the firemen discovered he was not a real firedog and waved good-by:

eBay has a substantial selection to choose from: 

Huckleberry Hound at the Firehouse Peter Pan Book & Record Set

We made Dalmatian headbands to go with our Huck the Fireman story. 
I had my babes cut two ear shapes out of white heavy-weight tagboard while I used my trusty paper cutter to cut a 24″ X 1.5″ strip for each child.   
Then I had my babes put spots on the ears and their headbands using a black bingo marker.
Next they glued the ears onto their headbands in the proper places and let them dry.  When dry, I wrapped the headband around their head for a snug fit, then removed it & stapled the ends where they lay. 


My babes had so much interactive adventures playing Huck as I read the story. 
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Next we made Dalmatian Pudding Cups. First I had my babes stamp black “spots” on pre-cut white foam ear shapes using the eraser on the end of an unsharpened #2 pencil and a black ink pad. 

While they were doing that, I drew a muzzle & whiskers on a clear plastic cup with a black permanent marker.  When they were finished, I glued the spotted ears and two wiggle eyes on their cups with my glue gun.   


Then we made the pudding and stirred in some chocolate chips. I poured the pudding into the cups and of course my babes wanted whipped cream on the top. I would say our Dalmatian Pudding Cups turned out real cool and tasty too!

If you want to make Dalmatian Pudding Cups with your babes without going to the store, Amazon can fill that order:

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And here is for your FREEBIE! Our Dalmatian Fire Dog Mini Activity Pack from our AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook Store: 
Vintage Dalmatian Fire Dog Mini Activity Pack

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Welcome to our Fire Prevention Vintage Classic Video Reviews and Fire Safety Check-up FREEBIE!  

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As scheduled, we begin all of our units implementing different forms of media both audio and visual to introduce the concept(s) of the unit being studied. 
The following Fireman video’s are AKGVH FAV’S:

Our first vintage reel is a Disney Cartoon dated 1935 starring Mickey Mouse Mickey’s featuring Donald Duck, Goofy and a guest star appearance, Clarabelle the Cow. Presented in its original TRUE vintage form it is filled with mishaps and calamity intermingling with MEGA havoc!!! As expected in cartoons of yesteryear, tho’ havoc ensues, all is STILL havoc! Watch the original vintage Disney characters in FULL form:  
Mickey’s Fire Brigade

Another Disney classic character is Donald Duck. In this vintage 1940 reel, Donald Duck plays a fire chief. Featuring the antic’s of Donald’s 3 devious nephew’s along with Donald BLOWING his stack resulting in the most hilarious mishaps along the way:    




Hook and Ladder Hookum, a 1933 Cartoon put out by Van Beuren Studios starred their original characters, the short-tall human duo Tom & Jerry, who in later years the studio changed their names to Dick & Larry. The theme is basically the same as Disney’s old tyme cartoons, tho’ havoc ensues, all is STILL havoc!



Here are some most notable background info links outlining Van Beuren Studios to glean essay content for older children:

Wikipedia Van Beuren Studios

Images Journal Van Beuren Review


One of our FAV characters is Gabby from the 1939 Gulliver’s Travels animated movie, which by the by won 7 awards and sported 9 spin off cartoons. In this reel, one of the spin off characters Gabby, resolves to help anyone in need and in this instance, it is his local fire department. Watch Gabby’s antics take control as a fireman in “Fire Cheese” from Max Fleisher in 1941:
And here is the Fleischer Studios link for Gulliver. From there, older children can navigate for more studio essay information:

Some of my FAV cartoons as a child were from Famous Studios, “Screen Song” or “Start the Day with a Song” in which you follow the bouncing ball and sing along…in the “The Big Flame Up” you will follow the flaming fireball to sing “A Hot Time in the Old Town”:

Popeye the Sailor is another FAV from days gone by. In this Max Fleischer cartoon Olive Oyl once again finds herself in need of a man to rescue her. A series of competitions ensue between Popeye and his co-star “Bluto” later named “Brutus” which ensures a good thrashing for Olive and ultimately brings Popeye to her final rescue. Popeye in The Two Alarm Fire:


This last reel for the younger set, Smokey Bear in “The Fire Fighters Convention” is from Rankin & Bass. Airing in1969-1970 as a Saturday morning cartoon series the “Fire Fighters Convention” was one of the episodes, which thankfully is available on youtube:




Your Fire Department was a public ed film released by the Los Angeles Fire Dept. in 1949. It presents detailed segments of firefighters at work, various types of fires along with fire prevention and safety. It also displays the many different types of fire fighting vehicles of the era:



Fireman Tom Briggs starts as Firefighter First Class at Station 1in this 1954 “The Fireman”. This reel displays  care of equipment and various fireman duties and drills, EXCELLENT for the younger set:




The Story of a Fireman put out by Los Angeles Fire Dept. depicts a narrated fireman’s life at the LAFD in 1954 for older elementary and Junior High children:


Next I break out my view master projector:

to show “Firefighters in Action”:

The reel comes with an accompanying guide covering each scene:

We close all the doors in our tiny hallway downstairs to make it as dark as possible. Then using the end door as a screen, my babes huddle around to experience learning via different medias:

If you dig the View Master Wall Projector scene, well DIG this….you can find it on Amazon in vintage:


or new:


Check out eBay’s rather large selection: 

View Master Projector

Only eBay has the Firefighter’s in Action Reel and believe it or not, there is a small selection to choose from: 

Firefighters in Action View Master Reel 

Targeted for upper elementary and junior high children, The Flintstones in “Fire Escape” & “Fire Alarm” film strips with accompanying audio cassettes put out by Hanna-Barbara, distributed by B & L films come complete with a teacher’s guide. These are a part of an entire series of various Hanna-Barbara characters starring in various films for education:


And believe it or not, you can still purchase these on eBay: 

Hanna-Barbara Film Strips

If you have never used film strips as an interactive ed media in your classroom, TRUST me on this as mine DIG the scene and you will find yours will as well. They find something exciting in that vintage metal projector, shutting off the lights and closing the blinds, not to  mention they are STOKED to run it themselves. They learn how to thread the projector as well, even showed me a few tricks. You will be absolutely astounded to note even the younger set gets hep to the action QUICKLY! 

You can make any flat solid color surface a screen. I use an easel:

Amazon has a projector you can check out:


eBay ALWAYS has a favorable selection of vintage projectors:

Vintage Film Strip Projector

You can even get replaceable lights and while it advertises 15 or 25 hr, well I can tell you that we have used our projector with every subject for decades and as yet had to change the bulb:

I will add that I DO have back up bulbs on hand carefully stored but I must proclaim these vintage projectors are practically BOMB PROOF!! MOST unlike today’s throw away society.

eBay has a rather formidable selection: 

Film Strip Projector Bulb Replacements for Vintage Projectors

Film strips are also mind-blowing as you can trip the scenes one by one as classroom discussion evolves:

To promote discussion of a particular frame scene, you just switch the projector to fan only so the light does NOT melt film:

then either lift the needle with the lever in the back on the record player:

or push the stop on the cassette player:  

This spontaneous method of learning via projection keeps your babes in rapt attention throughout the strip thereby instilling greater recollection. 
Check these record players  out from Amazon:

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Record Players

If you chose a record player with no cassette player, Amazon has a few:

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 or check out over 5,000 listings on eBay: 

Cassette Players

Some projectors come with a case while others do not. To store a projector that does not have a case, you can use toaster, coffee maker or mixer sized appliance covers. The size you get will be determined on the dimensions of your projector. I used a blender size for mine. I had made it for my mother but when she came to live with us, I snagged it for my projector and just folded it over at the bottom to fit:

Here are some nice ones from Amazon:

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You can find them on eBay as well as patterns to make your own like I did:

Appliance Covers

And believe it or not, even Amazon has some appliance sewing patterns:

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Now that your babes have learned about basic fire safety, print out our Fire Safety Check-up Worksheet FREEBIE and see how much your babes have retained: 

We hope you have enjoyed our vintage video reviews and incorporate films in your classroom today!

After School Activities


Everyone DIGS ladybugs and we have found alot of ladybug activities in webland.  So come tiptoe through our AKGVH ladybug activity garden and trip with us!

As you know by now, I always start out with some vintage clips. The following ladybug clips are both vintage & current packed full of ladybug info & fun!

Here is the Ladybug, Ladybug song complete with music and sound from some college students. They did a GREAT job!  

This grampa is so adorable reading to his grandson this FAV Ladybug book from Eric Carle:

The BBC Network did a ladybug fact instructional featuring some interesting Ladybug tidbits:

This video covers the different colors ladybugs display:

This vintage Ladybugs Picnic from Sesame Street is soooooo CUTE!

This video takes you through the ladybug lifecycle:

Watch this ladybug eat aphids up close:

Dig these ladybug slow motion take offs:

This ladybug playing with cookie sprinkles is TOOO MUCH!

Here is some ladybug fun for pre-k-grade 1 babes:

Every babes FAV 10 Little Ladybugs board book:

DIG these far-out ladybug fingernail designs for both long & short nails:

And you may want this out-a-sight Ladybug Motion Wallpaper for your computer fun:

Check out this children’s ladybug bedset:

Bring on the Ladybug Bed Set love in your babe’s room from Amazon:

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Your baby girl would DIG these Ladybug jammies to go with her bedset!


Top off your infant’s Ladybug Crib Set with this Ladybug polka dot infant crib mobile: 


I compiled the following Ladybug Rhymes, Finger Plays & Poems throughout the years on a doc, then printed it out. Everyday we did some of the following using our Ladybug hand puppet.

Actually it really is a bath mitt but I snagged it to use for this unit. I added the pipe cleaner antenna’s.  You can get a ladybug bath mitt to use in your classroom for this unit from Amazon:


If you do NOT want to purchase a hand puppet, you can make one using our EXCLUSIVE Ladybug Hand Puppet Pattern with sewing directions FREEBIE from our Teacher’s Notebook Shop: 

AKGVH Ladybug Hand Puppet FREEBIE Sewing Pattern

If you need some materials to make your ladybug hand puppets, then let’s go Amazon shopping!


Your babes may want to make one for themselves for Ladybug activities as well:

Your babes can make our Ladybug Paper Bag Puppet using our FREEBIE pattern & the following directions:


1 Paper Bag for Each Child
Red & Black Tempera Paint
Black & Red Construction Paper or Foam
School Glue Water Mixture
Black Glitter (Optional)
School Glue Bottle
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
2 Large Wiggle Eyes (Optional)
White Crayon
Black Dauber
1 Brad


First, have your babes paint the inside of the paper bag fold red. This is the ladybug’s mouth. Next, have them paint the ladybug face, jaw & the back of the head black. Let dry. 

Now glue the shoes on the leg & the hands on the arms, let dry.
Then cut out 2 bodies from black construction paper. Using a mixture of glue & water, paint the glue one on the front of the paper bag close to the bottom. When the ladybug’s face & jaw are dry, glue the jaw on top of the body just below the fold, let dry. 

Next glue the other body piece on the back and then glue the head overlapping the body at the top matching and gluing the antennae’s together , let dry. 

Using a black dauber, have your babes daub dots on the wings, let dry. When back & wings are dry, take the brad and fasten the wings on to the bag from the back folding the excess brad over: 
Now you can outline your antennae’s with the glue bottle, then add the glitter for added sparkle, or you may choose to omit this step. We did both sides.

When the glitter is dry, glue gun the wiggle eyes on or using a white crayon, have your babe draw the eyes. The nose is drawn with the white crayon as well.

Insert the arms & legs inside the bag sides and glue down, let dry.
Now your puppet is ready to use!

Need some items to complete your ladybug paper bag puppets? Let’s go Amazon shopping!


Now here is your FREEBIE from our AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook Shop: 

Here are the Ladybug Puppet rhymes and poems to use with your puppets:

Crimson Ladybug


It is a crimson Ladybug;
I wonder why the pet has come?
Perhaps it wants a little food,
To carry with it to its home?


Oh!  It spreads its tiny wings!
Mother, see?  It flies away!
Ladybug, you’re going home,
But come again another day!


© Chatterbox ~ 1897 Edition
London, England

Down in the Hollow

Down in the hollow,
Not so far away
I saw some little Ladybugs
When I went to play.


Swinging in the Clover,
Up in the air
I wonder if the Ladybugs
Knew I was there?


© Aileen Fisher

Found a Ladybug 

Sing to: Oh, My Darling Clementine

Found a ladybug, found a ladybug,
Found a ladybug just now.
Just now I found a ladybug,
Found a ladybug just now.

It was red, it was red,
It was red just now.
It was red with black spots,
Red with black spots just now.

Hospital Ladybug

The ladybug on the screen,

A pen doodling with no ink.

A bit of sun on a melancholy day,

On the sixth floor of the hospital wing.

I Am a Little Ladybug

Sing to I’m a Little Teapot 

I am a little ladybug on the go,
Landing on an arm, now an elbow.
See me fly around and around your hand,
Now watch as on your thumb I land.

I am a little ladybug searching for some toes,
But watch me quickly land on your nose.
Now I look around and head for your hair,
I muss it up a bit, then pat it down with care.

I am a little ladybug looking for a knee,
I’m just so happy you’re not bugged by me.
Now you see me heading for your chest,
This little ladybug needs some rest.

Another Version:

I am a little ladybug,
you can see.
I am a beetle,
pretty as can be.
I am brightly colored,
red and black.
Look at the pretty spots
on my back.

Lady The Bug

One sunny afternoon Lady Luck came my way,
She was bright red and spotted as I helped her that day.
Her paper wings closing as she landed on me,
I held her up loosely for others to see.
The wind picked up and started to blow,
and I knew Lady Luck would soon have to go.
So I cried; “Lady Bug, Lady Bug, fly away home!”
She opened her wings and left me standing alone.
It wasn’t long that I started to see,
millions of Lady Bugs smiling at me.


Lady bug, lady bug,
How are you today?
Lady bug, lady bug,
Are you going to stay?
Lady bug, lady bug,
Or will you fly away.

Ladybug Feed Upon the Dew,

Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away do.
Fly to the mountain, and feed upon dew,
Feed upon dew, and sleep on a rug,
And then run away, like a good little bug.

Ladybug Fly Away Home

Ladybug, Ladybug fly Away Home,
Night time is coming, the sunshine has gone.
Your family awaits, no more to be said,
It’s time little Ladybugs
were tucked up in bed!

Ladybug in Red 

Ladybugs all dressed in red,
Strolling through the flower bed.
If I were tiny just like you,
I would creep among the flowers too.

Ladybug, Ladybug Nursery Rhyme

Ladybug!  Ladybug!
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire.
And your children all gone.

All except one,
And that’s little Ann,
For she crept under
The frying pan.

Ladybug Rhyme 

Ladybug, ladybug, (move fingers)
Let me see your crawl, (crawl slowly on all fours)
Hurry after those harmful bugs, (move quickly on all fours)
But be careful, do not fall! (fall over)

Ladybug Landed on My Nose

Sing to: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Lady Bug, Lady Bug landed on my nose,
I went “kerchoo!” and off she flew!
Her body is round with big black dots,
My mommy told me they are called spots.
Lady Bug, Lady Bug she looks really neat,
With her bright red wings, and tiny black feet!

Ladybug Wears a Cape

Lady bug wears
An orange cape.
It opens up
And changes shape –

Now two wings lift her
into the air.
I wish I had
Such a cape to wear!

Dee Lillegard


Sing to: Jolly Old St. Nicholas

Ladybugs have spots or stripes,

They are yellow, red or green;

They love to live where there are weeds;

Around the world they’re seen.

They’re in the beetle family,

And that is no surprise!

Though some folks call them “ladybugs”

Or even “lady flies.”

Ladybugs Fly 

Sing to: Three Blind Mice

Fly, fly, fly.
Ladybugs fly
Fly over here.
Fly over there.
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly fast, and they fly so slow.
Oh, ladybugs fly. 

Little Buggy


In the window of the washroom,

At our school yesterday,

A little bug was crawling,

In its little buggy way.

I whispered in its tiny ear,

To not make any noise;

Because it was a Ladybug,

And the washroom is for boys!


Copyright © Lois Simmie

Little Red Ladybug

Little red ladybug sits on a leaf.
She sits on a leaf on a tree.
And as she sits on that little green leaf.
There are so many friends to see!
Little yellow bumblebees buzz by the leaf.
They buzz by the leaf on the tree.
And as they buzz by that little green leaf.
There are so many friends to see!

Miss Lady Bug

Little ladybug,
Sweet little ladybug,
Where are you going now?

You go to fly,
While I must try,
And turn away as you go.

But if you feel
You need to come back,
Than this you must always know.

In my heart there’s a place for you,
It’s red with black spots.
It’s a place you can stay,
Where I will love you lots.

But I know that I can’t keep you,
For there are lives you need to please.
So then you shall fly,
To tend to others needs.

It would be wrong to keep you here,
And not let you go to live.
For you little bug, bless your heart,
Have lots of love to give.

Mr. Ladybug 

A ladybug went to work one day,
and said to her husband,
“Now while I’m away,
please take care of the house,
and sweep the floor,
and don’t let the baby bugs
fly out the door!”
So he polished, and cleaned, and vacuumed the rug,
he fed all the baby bugs, gave each a hug,
and when he finished, he said with a shrug,
“It’s really hard, being a man ladybug!
Oh, I work, and I work, just as hard as I can,
‘Cause it’s really hard, being a ladybug man!”

Never Hurt A Ladybug 

Sing to: Yankee Doodle 

Ladybugs are in my yard,
Just look at them devour.
Those pesky aphids on the leaves,
Of Mother’s pretty flowers.
Never hurt a ladybug,
We need them in the garden.
Ladybugs help flowers grow,
So we must never hurt them.

See the Ladybug 

Sing to: Frere Jacques 

See the ladybug, see the ladybug.
Watch it crawl, watch it crawl.
See it crawling higher,
See it crawling higher.
Watch it crawl, up the wall.

See the ladybug, see the ladybug.
Watch it crawl, watch it crawl.
See it crawling lower,
See it crawling lower.
Way down low, to my toe.

~Jean Warren

The Ladybug 

When strolling through the garden if you should chance to see,
A ladybug out walking please say ‘Hi!’ for me.
For a ladybug is a good bug,
And she helps the garden grow.
She is supposed to bring good luck,
So be sure to say ‘Hello!’

The Ladybug’s a Beetle

The ladybug’s a beetle.
It’s shaped like a pea.
Its color is a bright red
With lots of spots to see.

Although the name is “ladybug”,
Some ladybugs are “men”
So why don’t we say
“gentleman bug”
Every now and then?

The Tiny Ladybug 

When I was a child ladybugs would fly to me.
They would land on my arm and whisper little secrets in my ear
of things I would become:
A kind man …….gentle of mind.

A man of spirit who could close great divides.

But I don’t feel that big.
In fact, as I sit in the grass and talk to you,
I feel like a tiny Ladybug
on someone else’s arm……
And your ear is most important to me.

This Little Ladybug

Sing to: This Little Light Of Mine

This little ladybug,
I’m gonna let it fly.
This little ladybug,
I’m gonna let it fly.
This little ladybug,
I’m gonna let it fly.
Let it fly, let it fly, let it fly.

 You can print them out for FREE from our Teacher’s Notebook Shop:
Well, that is all for now but be sure to come back again soon for part 2 of our Ladybug Love Activities and FREEBIES! See You then! 

AKGVH Ladybug Love Activities & Freebies! Part 2


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