How Important Is Safety for Preschoolers?
Safety for all children is crucial. Knowing basic safety rules as preschoolers is very vital. I was convinced that they were too young to understand, regardless of the stories in the news. I realized I was wrong when I thought preschool aged children could not save their own lives or even the life of someone else in an emergency.
I learned after an accident suffered by my family when it was my four-year-old child who gave the hospital staff most of our information. Our nurses raved at her ability; they wanted to know how she learned so much so soon. She gave them our address, names, and phone number. There were three adults in the accident all incapacitated and three children; she was the only one able to help the hospital staff out. Miraculously every one of us survived. The preschooler became our family’s representative. What a brave child!
You can also teach your children to become heroes. You can teach them how to react in an emergency by following these activities. This lesson will suggest great games and books that can help you teach your children the basics of safety. This lesson will help you teach your children how to dial 911, know their parents names, and what they should do if they get lost.
Reading one or more of the books included in this article will help you introduce these safety concepts to your children. You can read the book titled I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety by Pat Thomas and Lesley Harker. This book teaches the preschool students the very basics of personal safety like how to cross the street and more.
You can read the book titled It’s Time to Call 911: What to Do in an Emergency written by Inc. Penton Overseas. This book explains to the students that, when there is an emergency, they should dial 911. This book has a keypad that they can use as a visual.
The third and final suggested read is a book called Help! I’m Lost by Inc. Penton Overseas. This book will teach them safety skills they should know if they ever get lost. This book will help them learn their phone numbers and addresses. They will learn how important it is to think and do the right thing whenever they are lost.
Activities on Safety
- Book Discussion - After you have read the books to the children, you should discuss the stories to reiterate what the students have learned. Ask the children when they should call 911. Ask the children what is an emergency. Ask if they have they ever been lost. Ask the children if they know their home phone numbers. Ask them if they know their parents full names.
- How to Dial 911 Game - Material: You will need a toy or real phone with a keypad. You will need a poster board, markers, and scissors. Instructions: Cut the poster board in fourths. Draw a large number nine on one of the pieces of the poster board. Draw a large number one on one of the pieces of poster board. Game: You should hold up each number and ask the children what numbers they are. Teach the children how to dial 911. Have each child dial 911 on the phone. Have them practice dialing 911 on the phone at least twice. This drill will ensure that they know how to dial 911 properly. Always make sure you say nine-one-one and never nine-eleven, which can confuse children when dialing the phone.
- When I Get Lost Game - Materials: You need collect three medium sized cardboard picture frames, magazines, glue, and scissors. Instructions: Cut out headshots of faces for two grown ups and one child. Glue the cut out faces from magazines to cover the cardboard picture frames. (Optional: You can give one of the cardboard faces a title such as the officer, store clerk, or whatever titles you chose to use.) Game: Give the children a scenario and show them two different cardboard faces they can pick. Explain to the child that they are lost and have them pick a person to give their parents name and phone numbers. Ask the child to tell you what they would say to the person they picked. Alternate the faces that you give the children to pick.
- ‘Let Us Be Safe’ Game - Prerequisite Information: Teach the children their parent’s names and phone numbers. Game: Take turns asking children their parent’s names and phone numbers. Give children a scenario and ask them if it is an emergency. Ask the children what they would do if they were lost. Give each child a packaged healthy snack at the end of the game as a reward for learning their personal information.
You can rest assured that your class will be a safer class after you have taught them these safety measures. They will know how to react in an emergency. They will remember what you taught them to do. They could save their own lives or those of their families. You will give them the confidence it takes to be that everyday hero, even as a preschooler.