I sat in a circle of eager four and five-year-olds on their classroom floor (this was forty years ago when I could do such things!). In the center of the circle I had placed a a basin of cool water and a towel.
My first-aid lesson would use my version of the Hot Potato Game to teach putting a burned hand under cool water. I explained to the kids that we would pass the potato around the circle and we would PRETEND the potato was very hot, so we would move it quickly from one person to the next. The teacher assisted by playing music on the boom box and would abruptly stop. The child caught with the “hot potato” would put it down and run to the basin where they would cool their hands, dry them, and return to their place to resume the passing when the music began.
Oh, the kids seemed to enjoy the game and followed the directions well. We made about four passes with the potato and there was much laughter when the music stopped each time and the child ran to the center.
Suddenly, Mary called out as another child cooled their hands. “Nurse Flemr . . . I have a better idea—let’s pretend the potato is cold—then we won’t have to keep running to the water and drying our hands and all that BORING stuff. It will be much more fun to just keep going with a cold potato!”
Lesson plan revision needed.