Activities to Teach Children First Aid

Updated July 19, 2017

Ensuring that your child knows what to do in an emergency situation is crucial. You should teach key steps early in life. This includes common situations that require first aid such as burns, cuts and broken bones. When you teach first aid using activities, children can learn important skills and knowledge in a fun, interesting and non-threatening way.

Guess What's Missing

To play this memory game, gather eight to 10 first aid supplies such as gauze and ointment and place on a table. Teach your child the proper names for the items. Have your child look at the supplies carefully, then have him cover his eyes while you remove one. The child then opens his eyes and tries to figure out which first aid item is missing. This game not only practices memorisation, it encourages your child to learn the names of common household items required in a first aid situation.

Red Light Green Light

This game is ideal for four to 10 players. Prepare a list of first aid "statements" that can be replied to with a "true" or "false" answer. For example: "To treat a burn you should run cold water over it." Children stand in a line side-by-side, with a goal of making it to the opposite end of the playing field. As you read the statements, a player takes three steps forward if she believes the answer is "true." If she thinks the answer is "false," she does not move. If a child gets an answer wrong, she must go back to the beginning.

Make a First Aid Kit

To do this simple activity, find a box suitable for first aid supplies. suggests using a red lunch kit and gluing a first aid symbol to the front for an authentic look. Along with your child, fill the box with real first aid supplies such as bandages, tweezers and ointment. Discuss the use for each item and keep the box in an easily accessible location.

Role Play

If your child can read, write descriptions of scenarios requiring first aid on recipe cards. Have your child choose a card and act out the scenario while the rest of the players guess the charade. Once a player guesses correctly, discuss what appropriate action and proper treatment would entail.

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Shelley Gray has been writing since 2005, with work appearing in the "Interlake Spectator" newspaper and "Manitoba Reading Association Journal." She has been an early years teacher since 2005 and is passionate about education and educational pedagogy. Gray has a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.