Bicycle Safety Obstacle Course (Ages 3-7) & (Ages 6-10)
Members of the Bridgewater Police Dept will talk about staying safe, then children will do bicycle-safety themed crafts and practice what they’ve learned in our outdoor course -- kids are welcome to bring along a bike, trike, or scooter. (Families with children of different ages are welcome to come all together to one program.)
Read: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
Flannel: Mrs. Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake
Discuss: Safety errors Mrs. Armitage makes (no helmet, lots of things unbalancing bicycle, hard to see where she is going…)
Introduce: Officers from the Bridgewater Police Department -- 5 minute safety talk
Explain – color-coded nametags – 1st color (groups of 12) will go outside to ride around the mini-city set up by our Public Works Dept., others will do crafts & activities inside until their group is called. They may return after being outside to continue their crafts.
Craft & Activity Stations:
(Music playing while crafting: Fred Penner’s album Happy Feet.)
- MAKE A THUMBPRINT CHARACTER
- MAKE A POLICE OFFICER
- TAKE YOUR FINGERPRINTS
To take finger prints, simply scribble a spot on your paper with a pencil making sure to color it in well. Then roll your finger in the graphite mark until it is well covered. Carefully place a piece of scotch tape over your finger then peel off slowly. Place the scotch tape onto your finger print grid to preserve. (Grid included in download) Finally compare the finger prints and discuss how they are each unique!
- PRACTICE 911 CALLS
Next, disable the connection on your phone and allow him/her to practice on the actual telephone. Pretend like you’re the 9-1-1 dispatcher and ask the sort of questions you might hear, “What’s your emergency?”. Have fun with it, but at the same time convey the importance that it is NOT A GAME. This would also be a great time for your child to start learning your address and phone number. http://shared.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/themes/PoliceUnit.pdf
Plus an assortment of coloring and activity sheets from: Bicycle Safety Activity Kit - NHTSA