Safety signs are designed to make people can be aware of hazard situations as well as to provide instructions for people to follow. Learning about signs and sign safety starts in preschool in order to promote safety. Activities like games, puzzles and matching games can promote knowledge about safety signs and following rules.
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Red Light, Green Light
Teaching students about traffic lights can be done by playing red light, green light. In the game, one person plays a traffic light and the rest try to touch that person. All the children should line up about 15 feet from the traffic light. The person playing the traffic light shouts "green light" and the children move towards the stoplight. When the traffic light shouts "red light" the children must stop. If the children do not stop, they are out. The traffic light wins the game if the kids are out before anyone is able to touch him. The first player who touches the traffic light wins and becomes the traffic light for the next game.
Preschoolers can learn about safety signs by putting together puzzles based on the signs. When the preschooler is making the puzzle, the teacher can describe what that sign means to reinforce what students have learnt in class.
Colouring pages on sign safety can help show instances where someone should follow specific directions, like stopping at a railroad crossing. Colouring activities can help preschoolers learn about traffic safety and traffic signs, such as stop signs, helmets and even car seats.
McGruff the Crime Dog focuses on safety for kids. The McGruff website provides puzzles, games, colouring pages and other activities in which kids may participate. There are also resources available for parents and educators to help improve safety in the community.
Take preschoolers for a walk through a part of town where there are sidewalks. Point out road markings, stop signs, traffic lights, where pedestrians should walk and speed limit signs. Talk about why these signs are important and how they are meant to help keep us safe. Exploring the neighbourhood can be a good way of reinforcing how to walk across the street by looking both ways and where to cross the street, along with other safety tips for preschoolers.
Create a Safety Town
Create a safety town at the school that has traffic lights, street signs, crosswalks and pedal cars or bikes. Have the children practice following the safety signs while riding on the pedal cars or bikes. Talk about dangers that can occur. This can give you the ability to talk about fast and slow and near and far.
Give students a matching game so that they can match descriptions with the correct street signs. Matching games can help improve a preschooler's logic, eye hand coordination and memory skills.
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