Learning about traffic and traffic rules will develop the children’s attitudes and skills to become responsible and safe road users.
Here are suggestions for activities where you can work with traffic through physical activity and plays.
Tips for physical activities:
What does red and green light mean? In Cracy Traffic Lights, the children are road users that follows the traffic light.
What does red light mean? Yes, stop! Red light is a good exercise in stopping.
Make a pretend trip in traffic. You can be soft road users or different types of vehicles.
Take a trip to a nearby traffic area or in the preaschool outdoor area if you have traffic signs there. What shapes do the different traffic signs have?
Can the children make a traffic sign with their bodies? Feel free to have some signs to show what the children can shape.
Create a cycle path that the children rides. Feel free to use markings and any traffic signs you have in the preschool. Many preschools have cycle paths that you can use as a starting point.
In this game, the the children get to be different vehicles. To connect the game even more closely to the topic of Traffic, one can add tasks that the children must answer before the garage opens.
Here the children can drive a bus, and the bus drivers must follow the traffic. Maybe you have made some markings where the buses have to stop in addition to the bus stops? The buses have to stop and wait until the passengers are safe inside the bus stop.
Find different objects or pictures that belong to the topic of Traffic and use these in the game. Either the children can run and pick up the objects that has been removed, or each objects can be connected to a movement.
Excerpt from the Norwegian Framework Plan
From the learning area Local community and society:
“By engaging with topics relating to the local community and society, kindergartens shall enable the children to explore different landscapes, familiarise themselves with institutions and places in the local community and learn to find their way and travel safely” p. 56.
From the learning area Quantities, spaces and shapes:
“Kindergartens shall highlight relationships and enable the children to explore and discover mathematics in everyday life, technology, nature, art and culture and by being creative and imaginative” p. 53.