*Letter P > Porcupine
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Xavier the Pirate Alphabet Buddy
Xavier X Pirate Alphabet Buddy
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Holidays and Events >
March > Poison
Prevention Awareness Week > 3rd full week
June > National Safety Month
Poison Prevention activities
Association of Early Childhood Educators has granted
permission to First-School to share with you activities contained in
their comprehensive program for children 2 to 6: The
Children's Club (A Club for the Children that Take Care of Planet
Earth): A Project in Values Education for Children 2 to 6 years of age.
All of these activities combine learning values and in the
process, learning to take care of our planet.
Most of the activities are designed for groups but I will do my
best to adapt them so that only one child at home can also enjoy
them. Additional materials, links and resources will be added
after the description and goals to enhance the activity.
Activity #1 from WAECE:
The Children's Club
Our Care - Topic: What Can We Eat
We work on:
- Control of
Image property of WAECE - reprinted for
educational and illustration purposes only.
teacher talks to the children:
at home, and also in the school you will see some things very
tempting because they look like tidbits; but they really are
medicines or cleaning products.
don't know if you can eat something, although it is very desirable,
because it smells very well or because it is very colorful and
beautiful, don't eat it without asking an adult about it, because
perhaps you are in danger and you can get ill.
supplementary material (click
to open in a new window).
child has to color and circle the things that are eatable and he/she
has to cross out with a red pencil the ones that are poisoned or
Reprinted with permission
- World Association of Early Childhood Educators.
The activity above addresses
an important issue of safety: Poison Safety.
About every 30 seconds a child under the age of five will be poisoned
accidentally in the U.S.A. alone, with common household items or
Obviously the safest thing to do is to keep all harmful items away
By age three and older, rather than just hide or keep
under lock and key every item in our home that is unsafe, the activity
suggests another step in Poison Safety:
1. Recognize Unsafe Items: Children can learn to recognize
items by sight that are not edible and dangerous this way we can
prevent an accidental poisoning
2. Ask an Adult First: Teach the children to
ask an adult first before consuming an item - both of these
points address assessing risk and learning
Activity > Poison
Prevention Coloring Book courtesy of UB School of Pharmacy
This coloring book can
also be a great resource to present this topic. Carefully select
the pages that are appropriate for the children's age
group. This book can be a separate activity to
assemble and make a special book for home, preschool or child care
Activity > Learning Letter X for Poison Safety with
Alphabet Buddy Xavier the Pirate.
A fun way to learn letter X is to use it as a signal to children
that any product identified with the letter X is not safe to
Idea for the use of the activity sheet: What Can We Eat: Rather
than to indicate to cross out the unsafe items, present the letter X,
demonstrate how it is written and tell the children to use Letter X to
indicate the unsafe items.
1. Label with X at Home: With a permanent marker or
bright colored masking tape we can label products at home that are
unsafe and our children can help us do that. This way they will
get acquainted with these products and also to learn and recognize the
the Pirate Alphabet Buddy > Xavier is going to remind the
children about safety around certain items that they must not consume
or handle. Print the template in color or black and white.
Cut the pieces ahead of time or older children can practice scissor
External Resource for Poison prevention awareness program:
Up – Stay Away! A Poison Awareness Program featuring Spike,
the porcupine puppet. The program, designed for preschool children,
makes it easy and fun to teach this important topic. This is an
excellent resource that includes a teachers guide and many printable
materials for children and parents.
Make sure to present information about the porcupine
and introduce letter P. A porcupine is a rodent and lives in
forests, deserts and grasslands.
We Eat Activity Sheet
Xavier the Pirate
Prevention Coloring Book
UB School of Pharmacy
Up – Stay Away! A Poison Awareness Program
Spike, The Porcupine puppet