You know that good feeling you get when you’re just standing around at work with a group of people swapping stories? Everybody is so interesting.
Well, Uncle Rocky-Face Mask is a story about that feeling. A bunch of heroic firemen hanging out at the station talking about the cool things they’ve done in their careers? I’m in.
James Burd Brewster wins again with another incredible Glad to Do It! book. In this one, Uncle Rocky is hanging out with his co-workers and the chief tells them a story about the time he saved a blind man from a burning building. The story celebrates not only firefighters but the abilities of visually impaired people. It might well be my favorite.
As always, Brewster includes true facts about being an everyday hero, from the steps the chief takes to head out to the emergency to the face mask he shares with the blind man. Littles who love all things fireman will learn so much from this endearing tale.
Uncle Rocky Fireman Activities
This post is sponsored by J2B LLC, but my opinions? Oh yeah, they’re my own.
Face Mask is one of those fun books that is a story within a story. And since the chief gets to tell his favorite story of being a fireman, I think your littles should get a chance to tell a story, too. Let them practice their writing skills by relating one of their favorite memories on this free printable.
In the fun and informative Face Mask, the fire chief saves a blind man from a burning building. Or does the blind man save the chief? Your littles will love learning about the powers of the other senses and how helpful they can be. So for science, let’s learn more about visual impairment.
Fire Chief Watercolor
The Glad to Do It! series is illustrated with wonderful watercolors. Let your littles see what goes into creating such great illustrations by painting the fire chief themselves.
What you need:
- Daler Rowney Watercolors in yellow, red, brown, black, light blue and white
- Lit Mama’s Fire Chief Template
- Watercolor brushes in various sizes
- Water (of course!)
- Paint tray
What you do:
- Print out Fire Chief Template
- Squirt a small amount of each paint color onto paint tray
- Paint your fire chief
- Use water to thin paint for a lighter look
This is a simple painting project, so it get it all set up for your littles and let them go to town. What fun!
Fire Chief Cherry Cardamom Cookies
What you need:
- 6-oz jar maraschino cherries, drained and sliced in half
- 2 1/3 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 oz cream cheese, softned
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp buttermilk
- 1 tsp almond extract
- Powdered sugar for garnish
What you do:
- In a small bowl, combine cherries and 2 Tbsp of flour
- Toss to mix; set aside
- In a medium bowl, combine 2 1/3 cups flour, baking powder, cardamom, and baking soda; stir to mix
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and cream cheese until fluffy
- Add egg, buttermilk, and almond extract; mix well
- Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; mix until just blended
- Fold in cherry mixture
- Chill one hour
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Shape refrigerated dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until edges are lightly browned
- Remove to wire racks to cool completely
- Lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar for garnish
Have you started buying for Christmas yet? Because this series would rock the world of any little fascinated by our everyday heroes. Just make sure you come back here for these fun activities to go along with them!
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