“Blanket Stretcher Time Trial”
Children try their hand at a target practice game using fire extinguishers. Other drills teach kids how to use buckets of water to put out fires in case there are no fire extinguishers available.
Preparing for a disaster is a serious matter. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Lots of training programs in Japan use an original and fun approach so that children can learn and have fun at the same time. One of these is called “Crisis! Frog Caravan.” This gives kids a chance to try lots of different drills. In the “Blanket Stretcher Time Trial,” participants have to roll up a blanket to make a stretcher, and then use the stretcher to carry a heavy frog-doll out of danger. The idea of using everyday items like blankets comes from previous experiences in real-life earthquake situations, when there have sometimes not been enough stretchers available. There are lots of other fun drills. One is the “Fire Extinguisher Target Game,” in which kids spray fire extinguishers at a spinning frog target and try to flip it over. Another is the “Jack-Up Game” in which children use a jack to lift the frog to safety.
A disaster planning board game that helps children to learn complicated disaster prevention drill rules in an enjoyable way while they play.