Safe and Sound - Preschool Education Unit

Safe and Sound Unit

The Safe and Sound unit focuses on safety at home, in school, and playing outside. Also, it explores feelings or danger or discomfort and what to do in those situations.

The safety activities focus on helping children build on their use of senses to identify dangerous situations and act on them appropriately. Specific activities allow the children to practice safety when using balls near the street and remind them to use protective equipment when doing activities with wheels. In addition, activities are designed to practice saying "NO!," leaving the situation, and telling trusted adults about hazardous things found int he home or school, such as sharp objects, electrical wiring, and poisons. The same sequences (NO, GO, and TELL) is used to focus on personal safety. Children are encouraged to identify when another person makes them feel uncomfortable and what the appropriate actions are.

Classroom visits by safety professionals such as police officers, firefighters, etc., would enhance this unit.

Goals and Objectives

  • Children will be able to demonstrate safe practices with respect to playing near a street, sharp and dangerous objects, poisons, and awareness regarding strangers and adults that make them uncomfortable.

  • Children will demonstrate that they can stop and think to avoid running into a street.

  • Children will be able to identify the importance of wearing protective helmets for bicycles and skates.

  • Children will be able to idenfity hazards in their homes and environments including sharp objects, hot objects, poisons, electricity, and others.

  • Children will be able to identify situations in which they feel uncomfortable or may be in danger.

  • Children will be able to identify appripriate actions to stay away from hazardous objects or situations.

Points to emphasize:

  1. There are many ways that children can get hurt.

  2. Children should always use their brains and all of their senses to be aware of ways that they could get hurt.

  3. When children are playing outside they should stay as far from the street as possible.

  4. If a ball or toy rolls into the street, children should use their brains to tell them to stop and think and avoid chasing after it.

  5. Objects in their homes and school can harm them including anything that has a sharp point, is hot, or uses electricty.

  6. Children should always check with an adult and get help before using or touching any dangerous objects.

  7. Poisons come in containers of all shapes, sizes, colors, and forms.

  8. Children should always check with an adult before tasting anything.

  9. Children should always protect their heads and brains when they are doing something that involves fast movement on wheels such as bicycle riding or roller skating.

  10. If a child feels uncomfortable, afraid, or that he/she is in danger, he/she should tell an adult they trust.

  11. It is OK for a child to say "NO" to an adult wo makes the child feel uncomfortable, afraid, or in danger.

This is a chapter in the Healthy Start, Health Education Program for Preschoolers Sample Activities From the Chapter: