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Personal Safety for Preschoolers
What is Safe?
Until a preschooler understands the concept of safe, learning personal safety will be challenging. Teach your preschool about safety on a level they can understand. Begin your safety program with a discussion about things that are safe and things that are not safe. This can evolve into an activity in which you can discuss danger situations and what to do to prevent them. Example: Pick up toys, so no one trips. Stay away from and do not play with sharp objects such as knives, pins, screwdrivers, saws, etc. Beware of stoves and pots on the stovetops.
This 5-page coloring back, available from Nick, Jr., features favorite characters from the TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. Key safety points addressed in the booklet are crossing the street and buckling up in the car.
Yo Gabba Gabba Safety Pack
Who is a Stranger?
Just as a preschooler learns the concept of safe, a preschooler must learn to tell the difference between a stranger and family or friend. Give the preschooler examples of each category. Learning these boundaries is tricky. Preschoolers who start practicing these skills sooner will be better able to set boundaries as they grow.
Some important points to talk to kids about include:
1. Never talk to strangers.
2. Never take things from strangers.
3. If a stranger grabs you, scream, hit, kick and do whatever you need to do to get away from that person.
4. If in a troublesome situation, you should go to a police officer, a neighborhood house, store, a person working out in the yard, teacher, church, school, etc.
5. It is important to learn your name and address in case you get lost or seperated from your parents and need to ask for help.
Stranger Danger Games for Parents and Kids
Where Do You Live?
One great skill for a preschooler to work on knowing is her full name, address and phone number. If your preschooler is ever separated from you, this information is crucial. Teach a preschooler her full name first then work on the address.
How to Teach Pre-K Children Their Home Address
Print a phone for each child to color (link below). Have each child practice dialing important numbers, their personal telephone number and 911 on their telephone sheet. Have each child practice giving the operator their name and address.
Phone coloring sheet here...
Telephone Practice Coloring Sheet from DLTK
Our Private Bodies
Unfortunately, we live in a world where young children’s innocence can not be taken for granted. One good way to discuss where on his body touches are appropriate is to let your preschooler know that any location on his body covered by a bathing suit is private. No one should be touching these locations except for cleaning or medical care. Even small children can understand this example and learn what it means.
Discuss examples of good touch - hugs, handshake, holding hands, high fives, pat on the shoulder, tickling, shoulder rub.
Next talk about bad or uncomfortable touches - kicking, pinching,tickling (discuss why this is in this section too. This can sometimes hurt or be uncomfortable), hitting, tripping, pushing.
Important points to talk about include:
1. Your body belongs to you.
2. Each person has the right to say no to an unwanted touch. It is even ok to say no to adults.
Use this coloring page to emphasize the private parts of our bodies that no one should touch without our permission.
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