Gather magazines, newspapers and flyers with advertisements. Look for pictures to cut out that show cars or other vehicles, bicycles or scooters, roller skates, car seats, safety helmets or pads, streets or roads, traffic signs, and people walking or riding. As you cut out the pictures together, ask your child to tell you what s/he knows about it. Ask questions such as, "What would you do if…" Write down your child's thoughts on the poster. Glue the pictures and decorate the poster, then hang it up! You can use the poster to make up stories together or talk about the safe practices you saw outside that day.
You can also use a camera to take safety pictures outside with your child. Look for emergency vehicles, traffic signs, crosswalks, bicycle paths and children and adults in car seats or seat belts. Encourage your child to find possible safety pictures. This will help develop observation skills and independence.
The purpose of this activity is to expand your child's knowledge of street safety in a hands-on way.
If you don't have time to look for a lot of pictures, make this activity an on-going project. Take a few minutes to look for pictures each week or keep a disposable camera available to use just for street safety.