Display pictures of police officers in their blue uniforms.
Then invite your children to try one or more of the following
| Blue Collages: Glue scraps of blue paper, such as construction
paper, tissue paper, and crepe paper, onto pieces of blue
posterboard. Also include blue pictures torn from magazines
| Blue Painting: Experiment with various
shades of blue paint at the easel.
| Blue Fingerpainting: Use fingers and hands
to make designs on paper with blue fingerpaint.
Give each of your children a jumbo craft stick for a puppet
base. Demonstrate how to draw a face near the top of the
stick. Cut a police officer hat shape from dark blue felt
for each child and provide matching blue felt strips,
about ¾ by 4½ inches. Show how to glue a
hat shape above the puppet face and a felt strip below
the face for a uniform. For badges, give the children
circles punched out of heavy-duty foil to glue onto the
police officer hat and uniform “jacket.” Encourage the
children to use their puppets when telling stories and
| Help your children learn to say their name, address,
and telephone number.
| Let the children use a nonworking phone to practice
dialing 9-1-1 (or other appropriate emergency number).
| Invite an Officer Friendly from your local police
department to visit your group and explain safety
rules for the children to follow. Prepare questions
ahead of time.
HELP ME! GAME
Have your children sit in a circle. Then try one or both
of the variations below of this popular game.
| Choose one child to be the Police Officer. Pretend
to be a Parent and ask the Officer to find your
lost child. Silently choose another player to be
your lost child and describe the player in detail.
Have the Officer use the description to “find” your
child. Then let the child become the new Police
| For a more challenging game, have one of your
children be the Parent and describe his or her missing
child for the Officer.
| Traffic Lights: Talk with your children
about traffic lights and what the colors red, yellow,
and green mean. For a fun art activity, let them paint
rectangular box lids black. When the paint has dried,
give them each a red, a yellow, and a green circle to
glue in the proper order inside their lids. Display the
finished Traffic Lights in your room.
|Traffic Signs: Using appropriate
colors of posterboard, make a set of familiar traffic
signs: a stop sign, a yield sign, a one-way sign, and
so forth. From white posterboard, cut out an identical
shape for each sign. Then invite the children to identify
each sign and find its matching white shape.
OFFICER DRAMATIC PLAY
Let your children take turns wearing a police officer hat and
doing these activities.
| Direct riding toy “traffic” in an outdoor
| Write pretend traffic tickets for those not following
the traffic rules.
| Help other children cross a pretend street safely,
teaching them to stop, look both ways, and listen before
| Direct toy car and truck traffic on a
floor street map in your room.
I’m a police officer
I’M A POLICE OFFICER
Tune: “I’m a Little Teapot”
Dressed in blue.
If you have a problem,
I’ll help you.
Call me on the phone
And I’ll be coming
On the run!
Find a picture of a police officer in uniform. Make a duplicated copy
of the picture for each of your children and trim around the edges
with scissors. Have the children glue their police officer pictures
onto pieces of construction paper. Then have them draw pictures on
their papers incorporating the police officer figure. When they have
finished, cover them with clear Contact paper to make placemats.