Children learn through experience more than just being told what to do; which often causes several safety concerns for parents. When it comes to learning safety precautions, many parents have difficulty explaining an unsafe situation without showing their children firsthand how to act. No one wants to wait for something scary to happen in order to learn from it! So, we’ve rounded up 11 resources and effective ideas for fun activities that will teach children proper safety procedures!
1. Sun Protection Activity
This sun protection activity shows preschoolers the importance of applying sunscreen by leaving handprints in the sun to see the effects of the sun’s harmful rays.
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2. 911 Hopscotch
A great way to get the number 911 drilled into children’s brains is with repetitive exposure to the game of hopscotch! This twist on the classic game only allows students to hop to numbers 9 or 1, followed up by a discussion on why it is important to remember the number.
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3. Sing Songs
Children at preschool age are very receptive to learning through songs that have repetitive lyrics and tunes. This website provides several songs that create action plans and ingrain the culture of safety into little minds!
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4. Read Books
Children are often more likely to accept scary information when it is presented by a fun and familiar character! Practice proper safety procedures, such as learning what to do in a thunderstorm with Franklin the turtle!
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5. Road Safety
There are so many safety hazards on the streets! To teach road walking safety, play the game “Red Light, Green Light” with red and green construction paper. Your learners will discover the rules of the road and learn how to follow a traffic light.
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6. Playground Rules
The playground is a favorite for most preschoolers! However, with all of the safety hazards, the fun can turn dangerous very quickly. Here is a fun board game to play with preschoolers so they can learn how to have safe fun.
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7. Fire Safety Concepts Through Science
Having matches and lighters in the house poses several safety concerns for parents. Instead of throwing away anything flammable, you can teach your children which objects are flammable and why it is so important not to play with matches.
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8. How to Put out a Fire
Teach children effective safety procedures when it comes to fire. This crafty mom wanted to give her child a chance to practice putting out a fire but without the real danger! She glued paper flames to red solo cups and let her little one practice knocking down the cups with a water sprayer for a firefighting experience.
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9. Hand Washing
Teach children about germs with these hand-washing activities. They teach learners about the risk of spread, to keep a distance from people who are sick, and how to get clean after germ exposure. Try washing “germs” out of frozen hands (made from latex gloves) in this sensory bin!
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10. Body Safety Activities
Preschoolers are able to talk and move around freely and are therefore subject to meeting strangers. Empowering children with body safety from a young age will help them assertively keep themselves safe! Jayneen Sanders wrote a children’s book to help with these lessons!
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11. Stranger Danger with Little Red Riding Hood
Teach children how to handle possible dangerous situations with strangers by reading Little Red Riding Hood and completing coloring pages as you discuss rules to follow with strangers!
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