Safety is important for kindergarten children to learn, and how better to learn safety than by learning about traffic signs? Traffic lights and other signs are actually great fun for students, and learning to identify them can connect their learning with the real world.
Draw several traffic signs on the board or get some traffic signs from an educational store. Only the most basic or semi-applicable signs should be used, such as stop, no turn, do not enter, no bikes, one way, no parking, or railroad crossing. These signs can also be printed from the Traffic Sign website - see references for link. You may also wish to draw or print a traffic light so that students can become familiar with the meanings of the different colors.
Teaching the Basics
Ask children to explain why they think that traffic signs are important, and discuss their responses. Explain to students that it is important to learn certain basic traffic signs so that they can stay safe. Point to the traffic signs one by one and explain the function of each. Ask the class to repeat the description of each sign after you, and quiz them chorally after each sign is introduced. Do the same with the traffic light.
Street Sign Bingo
Give each child a piece of paper and ask them to draw four of the signs that they learned about on the paper. Give them small scraps of paper to use as Bingo markers. Then call out one of the signs and support the children in covering up that sign with a scrap, if the sign exists on their board. Encourage the children to call out “Bingo!" when they complete the entire board.
Give children colored paper, safety scissors, popsicle sticks, and glue. Encourage children to create models of the street signs that they learned about. Provide a stencil for the stop sign, if possible, and assist children only if asked. When they finish, give them toy cars and suggest that they use their signs to tell the cars where to go.
Red Light, Green Light
And of course, as a fun end to the activities, play a rollicking game of red light, green light, one two three!