Teaching children Road Safety is important to keep them safe from road traffic incidents. That’s why more schools are incorporating these lessons into their curriculum as well as using creative playground markings to teach these valuable lessons.
With resources such as THINK! Road Safety and Brake, it is also easier to incorporate road safety education into classroom learning. These organisations ensure children of all ages understand and practice road safety.
Aside from learning in the classroom, using thermoplastic playground markings helps young people to better visualise and memorise road safety. Whether children use the bus or walk to school, using playground markings to teach roads safety rules helps them learn faster.
Some creative playground markings that are useful for road safety week are:
Traffic lights are the most basic of all road symbols. They are easy to learn and remember and can be taught to kids from a young age. Use thermoplastic playground traffic light markings to teach kids what each colour indicates.
Traffic lights are also a great way to reinforce the ‘stop, look, listen, cross’ rules as children cross the road.
Every little pedestrian must know how to use the zebra crossing. Combining traffic lights and the zebra crossing playground markings ensures kids have a firm grasp of how to cross the road safely.
Helping kids visualise the walking man teaches kids when to cross the road. Teach kids that they can only cross the road when the man turns green. Children should never cross the road when the walking man symbol turns red.
Road maps of the local area with pictures of vehicles, people, bicycles, dogs, and more can also be a useful tool in road safety. Most children can practice road safety by walking around the school grounds using road maps.
Using visible signs such as the stop sign / one way signs on the playground can teach kids when to cross the roads safely and when to stop. These vibrant colours on signs are ideal for younger children who may not know how to read road signs but will remember the bright colours and what they mean.
Check out our range of thermoplastic road safety markings that are ideal for kids of all ages. We provide a wide variety of these markings as well as bespoke themes and signs to suit your specific needs.
Learning the green cross code is vitally important for children to learn. Children are taught to follow step-by-step instructions so that they find the safest places to cross, take a look and listen for cars, wait until it’s safe to cross and, ultimately, get to the other side of the road in safety.
Uniplay have the perfect markings for young learners such as road safety characters (stop look listen) to help them visualise where and when is best to cross the road, these can be installed on school playgrounds, main roads or school grounds. Older students start holding hands and cross the busy roads together.
Aside from using thermoplastic markings to promote and teach pupils road safety, there are other ways to promote and help children stay safe on the roads. Some of these lessons include:
The most effective way to teach children road safety is to set an example. Kids learn from their role models and take after what the adults do. In addition to teaching children road safety, teachers and parents must also practise road safety rules.
Teaching students road safety on break times, not only helps them improve their social and motor skills but also pupils understand how to use emergency services.
Teach the pupils about the symbols on pedestrian lanes while using them. Be an example and children will follow your lead.
If you are looking for creative ways to teach road safety awareness and rules, get in touch with our friendly team to browse through our catalogue of thermoplastic road graphics for primary schools, councils, high schools, community groups etc. All our markings are non-toxic and anti-slip making them ideal for use by pupils of all age group.
We can also customise our thermoplastic road safety markings to support your curriculum and cater to children with special needs. Get in touch with us to find out more about thermoplastic road markings and book a free consultation across the UK – 0333 321 6699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.