I WANT TO BE STREET-SMART AND STREET-SAFE!
Stop, Look, and Listen
Work with children to create a child-size street scene using cardboard boxes
for buildings. Use the trike path, paint, tape, or rope to designate roads with
crosswalks. Create sidewalks with flat cardboard or rope. Show children where
to stand on the sidewalk, with their toes completely on the sidewalk and not
hovering over the curb. Demonstrate how they should look left, look right, and
then look left again while listening for any traffic. Show them how they should
walk swiftly, but not run, straight across the street to the other side. After chil-
dren have practiced with you several times, designate half of the children as
cars and encourage them to walk the “road” making car sounds. Let the other
half of the children practice being safe pedestrians by crossing the street safely.
Reverse roles so all children have a turn at practicing pedestrian safety. Re-
mind children that they should only cross real roads if they are with an adult
or if their parents or guardians say they can cross without them.
MATERIALS cardboard boxes, paint, rope, and tape
Sing with children safety songs like
“Stop, Look, and Listen/I’m No Fool”
by Cliff Edwards.
AL adding walking, jumping, or other
movements rather than running.
Playing this game without anyone
ever being “out” increases the activity
time for all and contributes to fitness.
Talk about listening for cars and read
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You
Play Simon Says, and incorporate
Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
commands to stop, look, listen, and
go. Increase the difficulty by adding
Play the traditional children’s game
look left, look right, look left again,
Red Light Green Light, a game in
look behind, go to the crosswalk
which children run when “green
(on the trike path), and other traffic
light” is called and freeze when “red
light” is called. Vary the game by