This week the theme for Playful Preschool is Community Helpers. Each week, our group of blogger educators shares a series of free preschool curriculum activities related to the weekly theme. If you have missed any of these posts or want to look back and try out the activities, follow the hashtag #playfulpreschool across social media. Also, on the bottom of each post, is a series of links to the other posts in the weekly theme making it convenient to form a lesson plan.
We decided to go and meet a local crossing guard and find out more about what she does. Miss Anita helped us practice safely crossing the street by learning to wait for the sound of her whistle before crossing. She told the Sugar Snaps that they would be able to hear the whistle better than her voice. We stopped what we were doing, looked out for cars and listened for her whistle. She showed us how she holds her stop sign with one hand and holds her other hand out in a stop gesture to remind cars to stop. She had the Sugar Snaps practice the stance. Miss Anita showed us her bright colored vest and quizzed the Sugar Snaps about why it was that color. They figured out that the bright color made her easier for drivers to spot. She informed us that crossing guards work at the same schools each day so that they can get to know the children and parents in the community which enhances safety for everyone.
Greg made us a printable stop sign which we will share with you so you can make a stop sign with your children or students. Click the link below to download yours.
Free Printable Stop Sign
Make a Stop Sign:
You will need:
- 2 copies of the free printable stop sign per child
- One craft stick per child
- Glue stick or white glue
- Children's scissors
Discuss the octagon shape of the stop sign. Have the children count the sides and then cut out the stop sign. This is great for developing scissor skills! Our four preschoolers were all at different levels. Some signs required tape for repair.
Next, have your preschoolers tape the craft stick handle onto the inside of one of the stop signs. Then, they can add glue and put the two signs together like a puzzle. Ours found fitting them together with the glue inside to be a little bit tricky and some needed assistance with that step.
'Stop, Look and Listen'
Discuss safety rules for crossing the street:
- Hold hands with a grown-up.
- Stop away from the edge of the curb.
- Look both ways for cars more than once.
- Listen for cars.
- If there is a crossing guard, follow instructions and wait for the sound of the whistle.
Go out in the neighborhood with the homemade stop signs to practice. Discuss how crossing guards are specially trained community helpers and that kids can pretend to be crossing guards but cannot be one until they are adults. Look for the pedestrian signs. Discuss how these signs are in the shape of a pentagon. Have your preschoolers count the sides and remember that it looks similar to the shape of a house.
Have your preschoolers pretend to be crossing guards without actually going into the crosswalk. Neighbors in the community found our pretend play with homemade stop signs to be amusing. The Sugar Snaps continue to enjoy pretend play with their stop signs. I put the first initial of their names on each stick so that we could tell them apart.
More Community Helper Lessons from the #PLAYfulpreschool Education Team
Rescue the Alphabet Game by Mom Inspired Life
ABC Mail Delivery Service by Tiny Tots Adventures
Making and Delivering Mail by Growing Book by Book
Community Helpers Starting Sounds - #playfulpreschool by Rainy Day Mum
Map Activity for a Community Helpers Preschool Theme by Fun-A-Day!
Community Helpers Police Hat Craft for Preschoolers at Life Over C's
Road Construction Pretend Play: The Importance of Stop & Go Games for Kids by Still Playing School
Doctor or Nurse Community Helper Center: Band-Aid Games for #PlayfulPreschool by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Crossing Guard-Learning and Imaginative Play by Capri + 3
Teach About Community Helpers with Role Playing by The Educators' Spin On It
Join us tonight at 9:00 EST for a Live Google Hangout. We will be sharing fun crafts, learning activities, and movement games for the community helper theme.The event will be recorded and available for veiwing afterwards.