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Most children are probably familiar with
the police officer, but how much do they know about this
important community helper?
There is no doubt that it is very important that we acquaint our
children with this very important community helper because our
children will learn about safety, and who to call or ask for help in
an emergency. The ability of our children to know how to
communicate with and trust a police officer is
critical and can save their lives and those of others.
Ideally, it would be wonderful to
make arrangements to have a police officer come to visit the
preschool or childcare facility so that children can meet and listen
to them. Most local police departments offer this community
service and they come prepared to discuss basic safety issues with
young children. You might even be able to make arrangements to
have a police dog visit -- also a great community
Activity 1 >
learning about the role of the police officer and crime prevention
What does a police officer do?
Visit the Community Club @ Scholastic and
introduce early readers to the job of a police
officer using simple sentences read aloud.
Prevention Coloring Book
by the San Diego Police Department
(Ages 5 - 8)
This is a wonderful resource featuring McGruff the Crime
Prevention Dog for addressing crime prevention and it is bilingual
(English/Spanish). It has 20 pages and you may want to review
and use as a base for lesson planning. Many of the messages
can be discussed with the 2.5 - 5 year group.
Below are some safety tips that are very important and can be developed
into separate extended activities on different days:
Safety tip 1 > Learn and memorize street address
and telephone number.
Please view the following related activity that addresses
learning home telephone number and learning emergency 911
Safety tip 2 > Fill in your emergency numbers and keep
next to your phone.
Same as above, a special sheet can be prepared similar to the one
featured in the coloring page to include and practice emergency
numbers and how to dial these numbers using a toy phone.
Information > Explain what is the law and how important
it is to obey the law -- in simple terms address that a law is a rule
that every one must follow so that our communities can be safe,
> Crafts > Police Officer Hat
and Badge and other craft suggestions
Activity 3 > Letter P is for Police
Officer lesson plan activities and printable materials
Activity 4 > Picture book recommendation >
Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Caldecott Medal Winner 2006
An excellent book to introduce the police officer, and a faithful team
member Gloria the police dog, and the importance of
video @ YouTube
@ your library with WorldCat
The shape of the star is an important symbol in this book. You
may want to replace the template badge in the crafts for a star
badge when presenting this book.