Look before you cross! Learning about road safety with Feber
March 13, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

The majority of parents know how important it is for children to learn how things work at home but what about road safety? Teaching them about this will give them the tools they need to move about safely when they are outside. But how do is this done? The best way is to show them by playing. With that in mind, Famosa and Feber have created a series of activities and toys, which will help children get organize and learn about road safety.

Children love to pretend they are all grown up. They love to pretend going to the supermarket, have a job, run errands, take care of their dolls, etc. In order to teach them about road safety you can encourage them to pretend to be a driver and a pedestrian.

The first thing you need to do is choose a Feber car. There are a variety of vehicles for all types of kids. From a Minnie Mouse car to Formula 1 Ferraris. Each one caters to different ages (from 1 to 6 years old) and depending on how old your children are, the height and dimensions vary so they can develop their coordination and motor skills. Ideally, a car that fits a driver and a co-pilot is a better option so they can take turns pretending to be both.

We also suggest you download Feber City where you´ll discover a series of fun activities related to traffic rules and correct driving behaviour.

In the Car…

Ask your child to call a friend or a sibling and take a ride to the park. Make sure you choose an open space without cars, bikes or other children running around. Avoid dangers at all costs. Then you can create an obstacle course and create a road and a sidewalk. If you can come up with some funny rhymes they can learn, this will help them to better integrate these lessons.

Buckle up: “You may be stuck up, but you better buckle up.” (Once they´ve learned this rhyme, you can have them repeat it out loud and put his seat belt on.)

Doors: “Stepping out or stepping in, the door near the sidewalk wins.” (Ask them to point out where the sidewalk is and have them repeat the sentence out load and then decide which door they´ll use.)

Co-pilot: “If you want to get their safe, don´t disturb the driver, just in case.”

Of course, you can invent your own rhymes accordingly.

Every time you go to the park with your Feber car, repeat these exercises. Little by Little, your children will learn the basic safety rules and when they are in a real car, they´ll know how to behave and what to look out for. Next time you drive, have him be the co-pilot and repeat the rhymes.


Motorcycle and Bicycle…

Rhymes also come in handy if you son or daughter has a Feber motorcycle or love to ride on their bikes. The first rule is to have them wear their helmets. Take some time to invent funny rhymes together.

Some cities have bike paths and are child friendly so make sure you know where the best places are to ride and keep learning about road safety.


At the stoplight

Explain what the red, yellow and green light is for. A fun and easy activity is to create a stoplight together. All you need is coloured cardboard paper, scissors and glue to make one like this.

While you are busy making the stoplight, you can play at freezing up when you see the red light, be cautious when you see the yellow and walk when you see the green.

Once you complete your stoplight, rehearse what you will do before going outside. You can also use some white tape to make a zebra crossing.

You can then step on one side of the zebra crossing holding the stoplight and have your children stand on the other side. Depending on what colour light you show the, they´ll have to decide what to do. If they get it wrong, simply have them repeat it until they get it right.

Zebra Crossing

In real life, the consequences of not knowing when to cross can be tragic. Keep in mind that children are not fully conscious of the risks involved. So, make sure to set a good example and never cross without looking first.

Hold hands: Children need to hold an adults hand while crossing a street, until they are about 7 years old.

Look in both directions: Have your children imitate you by looking both ways before you cross.

Walk at their pace: Children need more time to walk than you do. Make sure there is enough time to cross and never run.

Remember that children learn from what they see. Make sure to be a good role model for them.

Have you taught your children about road safety?

Photo Credits: Famosa


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