Street-Sign Safety

Why

Get to school safely each day! These miniature traffic signs help young children learn about road safety while they play.


Steps

1. You pass colorful road signs everyday when you walk or ride to and from school. What do these signs mean to drivers? Why do you need to know what those signs mean? After you make your miniature signs, place them on a map to practice safe walking.


2. Mix Crayola Model Magic® with aquarium gravel (to add weight) for your sign bases. Form into bases. Poke a craft stick in each one.


3. With Model Magic, shape several signs in the correct colors. You can make different colors by kneading color from Crayola Washable Markers into white Model Magic.


4. Press your signs down on craft sticks. Air-dry signs.


5. If necessary, use Crayola School Glue to hold craft sticks in the bases. Air-dry the glue before using them.


Safety Guidelines

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.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points

Adaptations

  • Draw a floor map of the neighborhood. Make buildings with recycled boxes. Add traffic signs. Use miniature vehicles to practice safe walking to and from school and to learn the routes.
  • Make up new symbols for "traffic" issues within your classroom and design signs for them.
  • Study the colors used on road signs. Find out the reasons behind the color choices.
  • Research what road signs look like in other countries. Can you understand them even though you don’t speak the language?
  • Start a list of expressions you use that come from traffic signs, such as "proceed with caution."

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
household supplies
  • craft sticks

Overview

grades

  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students identify and study traffic signs.

  • Students learn the meanings of street signs as they apply to their lives.

  • Students reproduce signs in miniature and practice safe walking rules.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards