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Stop and Go.

February 24, 2015

Its kind of a given that it’s important to teach your children about road safety and in my opinion, it really is never to early to start.

Since Dexter could look at where I was pointing, I’ve always made sure I’ve pointed out the red and green men at crossings to try and get him to associate them with stop and go. Once he was strong enough to press the buttons I had him doing that too (well, on the ones he can reach from his buggy or if we were on the bike).

Last week, we took it a little step further. We needed to nip to the shop and Dexter wanted to walk rather than go in the buggy so we put his little back pack on with the strap and off we went. All the way there we played the stop and go game.Traffic

I shouted ‘everybody stop’ and we all stopped together and then on ‘everybody go’, we all carried on walking.

At the top of the bridge that we cross there are currently some works being carried out so I took this as an excellent opportunity so reinforce what I’d been showing him. At each end of the road works was one of those rotating stop/go signs. We stopped at one end and I showed him how when the sign is showing the big red stop sign, all the cars stop. Then we watched it turn round to green and all the cars started going again. He was quite intrigued by this so we watched it a few more times before continuing on our way.

The stop go game is such a simple little game and it adds that little pinch of fun to an everyday walk. When he’s quite a bit older and I can trust him enough to listen we can perhaps play it without him being tied to me but as he’s not yet even 2, I think we’re a fair way off. Still, he starts preschool in a few months *gasps* so thats at least twice a week we can play it. stop1

Once we got home I let him have a sticker for his reward chart. At the moment there isn’t a reward he’s working to as he wouldn’t understand the concept of it but he does enjoy sticking them on.

How else did you teach your children about crossing the road safely? He loves looking at the different vehicles and pointing them out so I do wonder if i didn’t have hold of him, would he be tempted to run out to them? Did you play the stop go game? Was it successful for you? Please feel free to share your ideas or stories. I don’t drive so we walk most places and I’d really like to make sure I teach him right. Thanks for reading. x

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7 Comments

  • Reply Donna February 26, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Really useful read, my SOn is still some months off understanding but having an idea over how to teach him road safety is so useful. Thanks for a fab post. x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby February 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks, and you’re welcome. Hope you get on ok when you start it. We still have a way to go so far but its a start at least

  • Reply Claire March 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Brilliant job! My heart skips a beat when I see children running so close to roads, and on to them.

    We have a sing that we sing at nursery to help promote road safety awareness. I shall send you the words to it. X

  • Reply sairish May 19, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Awwwww so cute. Safety first, especially when theres so many nutters about!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 19, 2015 at 12:15 am

      Oh I know! There are so many crazy people on the roads these days! That’s why I wanna make sure he knows how to be safe.

  • Reply beth May 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    That sounds like a great game.
    I let my girls tell me when there are no cars coming. Somedays I shout Stop and Go too!
    When we are at traffic lights, even if there are no lights I still let the girls press the button and we have to wait until the green man comes on.
    My eldest nearly got run over last year, so I am very road safety. Great post.

    Thanks for linking up with #justanotherlinky

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby May 21, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Oh, blimey. Glad it was only a nearly!! The way I see it is we can’t bubble wrap them and protect them from everything so the least we can do is give them the best knowledge and guidance we can. Thanks for stopping by.

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