The Birthday Cake Mistake


A detailed lesson plan providing the guidance needed to deliver a cross-curricular PSHE/literacy lesson on fire safety, focusing on the dangers of lighters and matches.

Resource Details
Age Group
Curriculum Focus
Delivery Type
  • Everyone
Time Demands
  • 50 mins

How To Use

Learning about fire risks and the dangers of lighters and matches is important at an early age. This PSHE lesson is aimed at Early Years Foundation Stage and has cross-curricular links to literacy: speaking and listening and reading comprehension. It is based on the story of ‘The Birthday Cake Mistake’ which teaches the children that you should leave adults to use lighters and matches safely. Includes linked activities to further extend the learning.

Related Resources

A set of finger puppets that can be used to re-tell the story ‘The Birthday Cake Mistake’ or even make up your own fire safety story.

These finger puppets can be coloured in and cut out. The puppets are from the fire safety story ‘The Birthday Cake Mistake’.

This resource provides an extension activity having read ‘The Birthday Cake Mistake’ story which teaches the children about the dangers of lighters and matches.

The main events of the ‘The Birthday Cake Mistake’ can be identified and ordered or reordered to underpin the key messages. You can even tell the story in your own words.