Teach your kiddo important safety lessons with games that will make learning fun. Whether you're teaching your child about fire safety or house hazards, the lesson will sink in much better if he enjoys the learning experience. You can play the games one-on-one with your child or even occupy an entire group of kids on a rainy afternoon.
Help your preschooler flex her memory skills with a game of safety-related memory. Cut and paste pictures of safety-related items onto small cards -- make sure you have two identical pictures for each item. Turn all of the cards face down on the table and help your kiddo find the matching pairs of safety items. If you're playing with two or more kids, have each one take a turn flipping over two cards and then move on to the next child's turn.
2. Trivia Games
Whether you're playing with two kids or 20, you can turn a simple game of trivia into a game for any safety subject. Start by writing out some simple, age-appropriate clues on cue cards, such as “What should you put on before you ride your bicycle?” “Who can you ask for help if you're lost or in trouble?” and “Who helps people by putting out fires?”. Divide the children into two teams and take turns asking each team a question from the cards. If you're playing safety games with toddlers, you can make the trivia even simpler. Draw pictures of safety-related items, such as a firefighter's hat, police officer badge, personal flotation device and bicycle helmet, and help the youngsters figure out the names of the items.
3. Pin the…
Help your kiddo make associations between different safety items with a modification on the traditional children's game Pin the Tail on the Donkey. When you're working on teaching your child about fire safety, you can play Pin the Firefighter's Hat on the Firefighter or Pin the Hose on the Fire Truck. When learning about police officers, play Pin the Badge on the Police Officer or Pin the Police Officer on the Police Car. You can play the game with just one child and see how many times it takes for her to make the correct placement. If you have a group of kids to entertain, host a traditional round of the game and see who comes closest to the proper placement.
4. Spot the Dangers
Teach your child about hazards around the house with some pictures he can color when the game is done. Draw or print out a black and white picture of a kitchen with a similar layout to your own and include a variety of hazards, including the stove, electrical outlets and the toaster. Now, see if your youngster can find all of the potential dangers on his own. Next time, draw or print out a picture of a different room so each time you play, your child becomes familiar with dangers and safety precautions for each room in the home. If you can draw well, you can make a single drawing of the entire home and make a maze that follows your family emergency escape plan for your preschooler to follow through with crayons.
- Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 5th Edition: Birth to Age 5; American Academy of Pediatrics
- Healthy Me: Fun Ways to Develop Good Health and Safety Habits; Michelle O'Brien-Palmer
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