“Stop says the red light, go says the green, wait says the amber light winking in-between!”
Our Jolly Jo sport session supported our road safety theme with children playing the traffic light game; red discs for ‘stop’, green discs for ‘go’, cones to negotiate and roundabouts to ‘drive’ around! We also enjoyed a very active ‘wheels on the bus’ game played to music.
On Wednesday, to help children to focus on their listening skills, we played various vehicle sounds and asked children to identify the sounds – this was very popular with children able to identify sounds such as a police siren, a car starting, a horn beeping, and a bike bell!
We have also enjoyed a variety of other activities this week; children have asked for lots of different construction toys including Duplo, Megablocks, Lego, Octoplay and Sticklebricks.
With the weather turning colder towards the end of the week, the children have been less inclined to spend too much time in the garden, so we’ve focused on keeping children moving with active games. The traffic light game and what’s the time Mr Wolf have both been popular. The children have also enjoyed the freedom of having fewer toys out in the garden this week and simply having the space to run around with their friends and come up with their own games, such as hide and seek. Sometimes less really is more, and putting out fewer provisions helps to inspire children to use their imaginations.
Ideas to continue this week’s fun at home:
Help your child to learn about road safety. It is imperative that children learn to hold a hand near to roads and to always cross the road with their adult. As you walk along the road, talk about all the different vehicles you can see and help your child to understand concepts such as fast and slow. Look for safe places to cross and help your child to understand why some places are safer. On our walks we discussed how we shouldn’t cross between parked cars, because we couldn’t see on-coming traffic; instead we found a zebra crossing to help us cross.