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10 CHAPTER 1 The Driver’s View Tell children that you want them to participate in an experiment, and explain that an experiment is when you try something out to see how it works. Divide the group in half, and let one half of the children walk on the trike path or other designated place while pretending to drive cars, trucks, or buses. Let the other children stand on the shoulder just off of the path or designated “street,” and give them balls of different sizes to roll across the “street” while children are “driving” by. Let children exchange roles after a short time. Call everyone together to talk about the experience. Ask what happened. Find out if some balls were harder to see than others when children were driving, and see if they know why. Establish whether it was hard for some drivers to stop and miss the balls. (Were they speeding?) Stress that it is hard for cars to stop quickly, and it is difficult for them to see toys, children, and even short adults. Tell them they should not run into the street for a toy or pet and that it is better to stand and play far away from the street. Explain that they should never play near a car, even a parked car, since a driver who gets in may not see them. LPS MATERIALS medium and large balls OTHER IDEAS Let children ride tricycles instead of walking for the experiment. LPS unless their parents or guardians tell them it is all right. PS Let children take turns sitting in a parked car with an adult, while another adult places toys in front of or behind the car. Encourage the children inside the car to describe all they can see. Then let the children get out of the car and see the toys that were placed in front or back of the car. Point out that they should not go near cars without an adult or Read and discuss The Wheels on the Bus by Maryann Kovalski. AL Play the traditional children’s game Button, Button, Who’s Got the But- ton? to show children that sometimes it is hard to see everything. Relate this to drivers having difficulty seeing children. LS