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.
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.
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