Police officers are important officials in the community. Children learn about them in school, childcare facilities and at home. These members of the community are admired, and many are inspired by the uniform. The police badge is a sign of safety and honour and is often used to represent the police as a whole.
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When teaching preschool children about the police, incorporate a craft for them to complete. Use a police badge template to trace a badge shape onto a piece of standard construction paper. Ask the children to cut along the lines and then glue the badge to a piece of white paper. Assist them in writing relevant local information on the badge to better represent your community such as "City of Houston Police Department." The children can then write their names on the badge and decorate with markers, glitter, stickers or crayons.
Most children love to play dress-up, so have them emulate a heroic police officer for this craft. To assist your child in this fun activity, create a police badge with her that she can wear. You'll need sturdy cardboard, silver spray paint, a navy blue paint pen, scissors and an adhesive safety pin clip. Draw or trace a badge shape onto the cardboard and cut it out. Spray paint the badge silver and let dry. Using the paint pen, write relevant information such as police department name, theme and precinct number. Let dry and adhere the safety pin clip to the back.
A unique and special gift for a parent or spouse of a police officer could be a customised picture frame. Spray an unfinished picture frame with your choice of paint colour. Let it dry and adhere police badge stickers or use découpage to adhere small pieces of decorative police-themed scrapbook paper. In the finished frame, insert a picture of the officer in uniform.
From the child who looks up to police officers to the rookie officer who has been working for only a few days, a customised plaque can be just the thing to inspire them. Find an unfinished wooden plaque at a craft store and use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges. Wipe off dust and apply a thin coat of découpage. Adhere a paper police badge template and smooth any bubbles that form under the paper. Next, apply another thin layer of découpage on top of the paper and smooth. When it is dry, use a paint pen to draw, outline and write details on the template.
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