Child Safety Teaching Resources
• One of the first things that children learn to read is a sign. After using the Playing with Environmental Print activity in the block area, take it outside. Children will enjoy making signs to go with their trikes and wagons.
Some kids may be allergic to a variety of things -- from certain pets, foods, and plants, to name a few. If you know your child has any allergy, be sure to educate them so that they know what to look out for and stay away from.
Introduce the safety activities with cooperative problem solving, discussion, and sharing. A good way to get children talking about safety is to fill a bag with safety props, such as a toy stop sign, a toy telephone, sunscreen, and a garbage bag. Take each object out one at a time for discussion. You might ask, "Why do we need this?" "How does it help us?" "What can we do with this object to keep us safe?" Children might say that they use the sunscreen to protect their skin in the sun, the stop sign to keep cars from bumping into each other, the telephone to call 911 for help, and the garbage bag to pick up litter. Use this activity to get children talking about safety. Then throughout the year use a prop to introduce one of the following safety activities. Children will already have experience with the prop and topic and can draw on their previous knowledge.
• It is important to practice the information children gain in the It's an Emergency! activity. This is a perfect time to teach children important phone skills they'll need in a real emergency. When a dispatcher answers a 911 call, the child needs to be able to give his name and address. Let children practice names and addresses during group time. Call attendance and ask children to respond with their full names and addresses. Use dramatic-play phones or discarded real phones for children to practice dialing 911 and any other important help number.
• Once children have experienced the safety materials in and around the school in the Hop on the Safety Train activity, you can take the train for a spin around the neighborhood. Use the same "Where is ..." song to ask children to find safety devices and people in the area. For example, they might find a stop sign, traffic light, police officer, or even a street sign.
Is your home equipped with a security system? If so, your children will beneﬁt greatly from knowing how to use it. First and foremost, explain to them the importance of keeping security system information conﬁdential. For example, if a key code of some sort is used to either activate or deactivate an alarm, then that code should not be shared with anyone else outside of family. Show your kids how to arm and disarm the alarm system, and locate and activate any panic buttons.
When not securely placed, furniture can pose a serious hazard for children. This is especially the case if they are reckless and not prepared for the worst. For example, heavy furniture that isn't mounted properly on the wall may fall and potentially cause injury to a child. To avoid such a catastrophe, kids should not be allowed to jump on beds or play near climb things like bookshelves.