speech and language teaching concepts for Flashing Fire Engines in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/f/ initial
/j/ medial (engine)


Fire Safety
Community Helpers

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood

Flashing Fire Engines

By Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

Big Bold fire engines, waiting day and night, Ready for a rescue or a blazing fire to fight. As soon as there’s a fire alarm, the engines start to roar. The firefighters jump aboard…it rumbles out the door.” Jump aboard a bright red fire engine with a trio of friendly animal firefighters as sirens wail, lights flash, fire hoses squirt, and fires blaze — in this story that blends action and rhyme with all the details kids want to know about one of their favorite machines. The mix of visual entertainment and lively wordplay ensures that young children will delight in the reading experience, as will the adults fortunate enough to read aloud these irresistible rhymes!

This fire engine-themed book can be used in early childhood speech therapy to target tier 2 vocabulary. It is also great for sequencing events and has rhyming! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Flashing Fire Engines in speech therapy below:

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

action sequence

Narrative Concepts:

figurative language
nouns (plural)
verbs (third person singular)
verbs (compound phrases)
phonological awareness


order of events as the fire engine and firefighters go to put out a fire


rescue, blazing, rumbles, daring, dash, siren, crew, gear, nozzle, tank, pump, pipe, roaring, choke, platform, extinguished, station

Figurative Language:

onomatopoeias (wee-ooo, whoosh, sizzle, plop)


nouns (plural)
verbs (third person singular)
verbs (compound phrases)

Text Features:

bold text for onomatopoeias

Phonological Awareness:


If you are interested in seeing other fire engine-themed books to use in therapy, then check out the Themed Narrative Key Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.