Street Safety Activity Cards
Safety Song is designed to be an introduction to the basic concepts
of street safety. For the song to be an effective learning lesson,
it should be followed up with practice around the child's own neighborhood
or school. The song introduces concepts and opens critical dialogue
with your child and family. Repetition and real life practice using
the song as a model are necessary for the child to generalize street
safety skills to his or her individual environment.
Play the Street Crossing Song to learn the rules, then follow up
with the following suggested activities to practice the steps in
1. Learning to stay in the yard is important for all children. Walk
the perimeter of what you deem acceptable "play space"
for your child so they can visually see the boundaries. Also, make
a large red STOP sign and lie it flat at the end of the driveway
or use inexpensive orange cones (any sports shop will sell them)
to give visual cues at to what is out of bounds. Hide items in the
yard and have a "treasure hunt". Put a few items outside
the accepted play space to test understanding of the boundaries.
2. Since sidewalks come in many colors and appearances, be sure
your child know what a sidewalk looks like in their neighborhood.
Take a walk and make a game out of staying on the sidewalk.
3. Set your own rules based on your child's age, development and
ability as to whether they must hold hands or not when crossing
4."Left, right, left" is an important concept, but can
be meaningless without full understanding of why we do this. Be
sure your child understands that they are checking to see that the
street is clear before crossing. Be sure they are keying in on some
concrete object down the street to the left, and right, and ask
if they see cars coming and hear cars coming. Even young children
need to know that not all drivers follow the rules...they must be
a safe walker!
5. Practice with all street signs and combinations that your child
comes in contact with.
introduces dialogue and practice of important street safety
skills, staying in yard, recognizing crosswalk signals, stop signs
and street signs
and print picture cards:
picture cards (set 1)
picture cards (set 2)
into street, don't
stop in street, don't
walk between cars, driveway,
in yard, stop
at street, stoplight,
for light, wait
for walk sign, walk
at walk sign, walk
on sidewalk, watch
for cars, stop