Children's games for road safety

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Children's games for road safety
Road safety games give teach your kids how to cross the street safely. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Games can make learning road safety fun for children. Different road safety games emphasise different aspects of safety. Some teach what different road safety signs mean. Others let your children interactively cross busy streets. Many have sound effects such as screeching tires that help children learn the consequences of crossing a street incorrectly.

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Stop, Look and Listen

"Stop, Look and Listen," an interactive children's road safety game, tests your children's basic knowledge about crossing a street using still and animated pictures. Your child will learn to look both ways, walk and not run across the street, where to stand when waiting to cross a street and which types of street are safer to cross.

3M Streetwise

In "3M Streetwise," kids click and drag clothes to dress up Maggie safely for her trip to school. They score points when they select the safest clothes. They then have to use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move Maggie safely on her trip to school. They use the left and right button to move Maggie's head left and right before she crosses the street. Kids earn points when they follow safety rules correctly and lose points when they fail to follow them. They need to score 40 or more points to get Maggie to school safely.

Know Your Bicycle

Have your child play "Know Your Bicycle" to learn about bicycle safety. He must answer the multiple choice bicycle safety questions that appear. A victory sound indicates he answered the question correctly and a dong sound indicates he answered the question incorrectly. At the end of the game the number of questions he answered correctly will be displayed.

How Well Do You Know Your Green Cross Code

Let your child teach herself the basic rules of crossing the road with "How Well Do You Know Your Green Cross Code." This game requires that the player match safety subtitles to pictures. The pictures include a cartoon cat and a schoolgirl in different scenes in the road crossing process. Road crossing scenes include looking for a safe place to cross, positioning yourself away from the curb, looking and listening for traffic and walking safely across the road.

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