Modern Portrait Photography

Fire Monthly Theme!


This was from back in September… I was starting to get pretty busy with my photography and being out of town- so this month’s theme was slightly abbreviated. I didn’t get a fire themed playdate together but I am counting the one I did for Beckett’s birthday a month or 2 earlier! And October was totally forgotten… I was planning a cute Monster theme and a Halloween playdate that never came to pass… maybe next year! Anyways! My little boys loves fire! He is always talking about fires and firefighters! Maybe it’s because of this past hot summer and all the fires we had here! Most of these pics are from my cell phone. The best camera is the one you have with you! And I didn’t really take any photos from Beckett’s fireman birthday party… so here’s what I could dig up. The main event was a fireman wet obstacle course it included:

a balance beam

a tunnel to crawl through

things to weave in and out of

they had to carry a cup of water on their head as they walked over pool noodles

there was a swimming pool filled with soapy water and little toy lizards (I looked for people or animals… but I could only find those)

They had to save a lizard from all the “smoke” that they couldn’t see through.

They had to put the “fire” (chalk drawing on sidewalk) out by squirting with a squirt gun

They then had to hop over the toy fire truck a few times

They had to do a mini bucket brigade and fill up a bucket by ringing out a wet sponge

And of course a slip n’slide

The grand finale of a water fight with water balloons and squirt guns

A few other ideas I was planning on doing but forgot or ran out of time were:

A hula hoop ring of fire (with streamers) that they had to go through

A table with a ton of balloons taped/tied under it so it’s like a thick tunnel of smoke they have to crawl through

Stop drop and roll… have fake flames on their clothes that they have to roll off

And many others…

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For the food I just had a fire theme where it was red, orange and yellow food… with a fire cake. So I had layered red, orange and yellow jello, chips and salsa and queso, peppers, tomatoes, fruit kababs all in red, orange and yellow of course! I also had made these pretzel matches but this is a snapshot of them after they had been sitting in the sun for a few hours!

IMG_20120721_123116So for our monthly theme I found a few free preschool fireman learning packs online that I did with Beckett. They have all sorts of different learning activities in them. You can find one of the packs at

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One of the art projects I did with Beckett was I gave him cups of watered down red, yellow, and orange paint, as well as a syringe. He would then suck up the paint and squirt it on the watercolor paper… creating the appearance of flames. For another project we then painted tissue paper and tore it into pieces and glued it into a flame collage.
_DSC5387-Edit_DSC5384-Edit_DSC5390-EditOur edible firetrucks were made out of graham crackers, pretztels, and oreos.

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We also read lots of books on firemen and did a large floor firetruck puzzle.IMG_20121114_143440

Of course it is always fun to dress up and role play! And it was perfect timing because the local fire station was holding their annual open house/ touch a truck event. So we definitely hit that up! Beckett was in heaven he still talks about it  every time we drive past the fire station. His favorite part was watching real fires and real firemen putting them out! Can’t really get cooler than that!IMG_20120930_113630


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