12 CHAPTER 1
Helmets and Hats
Show children a variety of head gear, including hats, caps, and helmets. Ask
the children to examine the head gear and talk about what they see. Ask the
children which of the items would protect their head best if they had a bike
wreck. Talk about the importance of wearing a helmet when riding on a trike,
bike, skateboard, scooter, or other riding toy. To follow up, work with each
child individually to teach how to put on a helmet properly; then add helmets
to the tricycle area for ongoing use.
a variety of headgear (including baseball caps, shower caps, straw hats, berets,
visors, rain hats, beanies, earmuffs, stocking caps, dress hats, western hats,
chief’s hats, football helmets, bike helmets, and other head safety gear)
Provide old sports magazines so
children can look for photographs
of protective head gear to use in art
projects, such as making a mobile.
ALP the classroom. Help them measure
and plan their creations. Supply the
art interest area with lids of various
sizes, tape, string, papier m â ch é , and
other materials suitable for making
helmets. Invite an avid bike rider to show chil-
dren her bike and accessories, includ-
ing the helmet, and discuss the safety Take a picture of each child wearing
a helmet, and let children use their
precautions she takes when riding.
photo as the cover for a book they
make about being a safe trike rider.
Encourage children to use art sup-
plies to make helmets for the dolls in