I WANT TO BE STREET-SMART AND STREET-SAFE!
Display several tricycles or other riding toys for children to examine. Encour-
age them to look under the trikes and look from all sides. Have children com-
pare and describe the different trikes aloud. Write on a chart what they report.
Review with them the names of all the parts (handlebars, seat, pedals, tires,
wheels, axle, fender, and others). Show reflectors, and ask what they know
about them. Provide several bicycle horns, and let children honk them before
asking why people use horns. Wave a bicycle flag, and ask why it is important.
Explain how reflectors, horns, and flags are related to safety and may help
everyone see and hear tricycles better. Point out that if children see and hear
tricycles, it may stop them from running in front of one. Also tell them that
these items may help bigger bikes or cars see and avoid hitting trikes.
several kinds of tricycles or other riding toys, chart paper, a marker, a variety of
reflectors, flags, and various styles of horns
Help children attach reflectors,
bikes for children to examine, and
horns, and flags to the classroom tri-
discuss safety issues.
cycles, and during the process discuss
the importance of tricycles being seen
Visit places that fix or sell bicycles
and bicycle accessories, such as tires,
wheels, air pumps, reflectors, and
Provide a photographic display of a
horns. Ask the sales clerk to show the
variety of bicycles, including a moun-
children safety-related products.
tain bicycle, racing bicycle, stationary
bicycle, tandem bicycle, rickshaw,
Read and discuss D.W. Rides Again!
adult tricycle, recumbent tricycle,
by Marc Brown. Listen to “Taking
and unicycle. Encourage children
Off My Training Wheels” by Justin
to examine the photos and discuss
Roberts. safety issues for each. Even better,
provide real examples of various