Police officers are a vital part of any community. They patrol neighborhoods, investigate crimes and take criminals off the streets. Young children may not understand the role a police officer plays in their own daily safety. Creating simple crafts helps kids better understand how a police officer can help them if they are in trouble.
Hat and Badge
It can be easy for kids to confuse a police officer from a firefighter or other rescue worker. Help children recognize a police officer by creating their own hat and badge. For younger children, create a template of the hat and the badge and pre-cut them so that it is easier for the kids to work with. Make sure the children understand what colors represent the police officer. Color the hat blue, and add as many markings true to a police officer as the child can. Place an elastic band around the template, and have children wear the hat and go pretend to be a police officer.
Crime Prevention Puppets
Puppets are one way children learn how to interact with others. You can make puppets as simple or as elaborate as you like depending on the craft ability of the children. Draw simple police puppets on a paper bag. Make more elaborate puppets with yarn and socks. Have children make police officers, kids, parents and "bad guys." Once they create the puppets, have kids pair up with each other or an adult to create a scenario that shows how police officers keep people safe and fight crime, illustrating what the laws are and why it is important to obey them.
Family Emergency List
Have children cut out pictures of their family and themselves. Choose recent pictures that children can use to identify each family member in the event of an emergency. Children should glue the pictures on a card, and name each member of their family next to the corresponding picture. In addition, have children write their full name and their address along with a phone number for mom or dad on the card. This is an emergency contact list. As a secondary part of the list, have children write down emergency numbers, such as 911, and phone numbers for important family members. Laminate the cards, and send them home with the kids, explaining to them that they should keep the cards in a place where everyone in the family can find it in case there is an emergency.
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