Kids' Safety Web
Organize ideas about travel, home, weather, and school safety in a colorful web.
1. What do you do to stay safe? Think of precautions you take at home, when you travel, during stormy weather, around water, and in other situations. With your classmates, make a list of safety tips with Crayola® Washable Markers. Categorize your ideas.
2. On poster board, write a title for your thought diagram, such as Safety Web. Draw a circle in the middle of the sheet, and sketch a healthy, happy person in the circle.
3. Draw a web with branches from the circle that lead to more circles, which are titled with the safety categories you identified. Draw pictures of each place in those circles.
4. In the next level of branching circles, illustrate specific safety techniques such as car seats for transportation and smoke detectors for homes.
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
- Use thought diagrams to organize ideas on a different subject, such as settings in a book or the processes involved in making a painting.
- Start with a picture that appeals to you. Use thought diagrams to brainstorm about the picture. Relate your explorations to practical uses, fantasy stories, possible backgrounds for the picture, or other ideas.
- Find out what safety precautions are required where you live, at your school, and on the transportation you use. Why do you think these are laws? What other safety laws would you recommend (or repeal)?
- Demonstrate how to web ideas by creating a class web with younger children and those with special needs. Brainstorm playground safety ideas, recording children's ideas in words on a chalkboard or whiteboard. Ask each child to draw a picture of one of the ideas, then arrange drawings in a web on the classroom floor using yarn or rope to make connections. Invite groups of children to make their own webs, brainstorming ideas on specific safety topics, such as kitchen, pet, classroom, and bicycle safety. Encourage children to record ideas using words and pictures. Share webs with classmates and post on walls as reminders.