Do you have a young lad in your home who loves vehicles and transportation of all kinds? I think it is in their DNA.
On the way to school the other day my 4 year old son was asking about traffic lights and why we have them and stop signs and why they are red and not green (his favorite color). It occurred to me that his ever growing collection of toy cars at home are riding around like crazy without any traffic signs at all. A completely dangerous situation!
I have decided to remedy this today with…
Print and Play Traffic Signs!
I think there is a ton of learn-and-play fun to be had with these signs. Set them up together and have your vehicles follow the signs. Then rearrange them. Or how about drawing a map on a large piece of paper and include other props. You can also use them to teach about shapes, colors, symbols, safety, and why following signs is important.
What you’ll need…
- Popsicle sticks
- Water bottle caps
- Glue stick
- Utility knife
- Print out this PDF on card-stock: traffic signs
- Cut out the signs
- Glue signs to popsicle sticks
- Cut slots on the bottle caps (this is the hard part, PLEASE be careful!)
- Insert popsicle stick signs into the bottle cap stands
- Then it’s playtime!
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*Thanks Mr. Doodles and Jots for today’s post title. You sure do have a way with words! You missed your calling; you should be an ad man.
*Also thank you Safety Sign for your neat and clean .png sign images. If you are in need of any safety signs go check them out!
Read and learn more about traffic signs…
I Read Signs by Tana Hoban
Thirty familiar signs fill the pages of this handsome book, and invite the viewer to COME IN!
Tana Hoban’s photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in galleries around the world. She has won many gold medals and prizes for her work as a photographer and filmmaker. Her books for children are known and loved throughout the world (Amazon description).
City Signs by Zoran Milich
Award-winning photojournalist Zoran Milich captures a world of words in the simplicity of big, bold signs. As young children discover the thirty colorful photographs in City Signs, they will delight in seeing people and places that are a part of their everyday world. With that delight comes the growing recognition of the words that are all around them — and the exhilarating discovery that they can READ (Amazon description)!
Which Way by Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter
…an invitation to explore and understand the concepts we see every day in the signs around us. Navigating the world involves many decisions. How do we know which way to go? Will we pedal or drive? Do we need a map? Will we detour to see the scenery? This colorful book takes the reader along the right path; introducing road signs, directions, stoplights, and common sights that are part of any journey (Amazon description).
Signs In Our World from DK Publishing
Stop! One Way! Don’t Walk! Signs are often among the first tools children use to practice reading, and this colorful book is full of them. Signs in our World introduces young readers to signs from many different contexts, giving them a valuable opportunity to recognize words, colors, and shapes (Amazon description).
Signs: Ultimate Sticker Book from DK Publishing
In this all-new Ultimate Sticker Book, children will learn about street signs, airport and travel signs, and other common signs as they place colorful stickers on the fun, illustrated backgrounds (Amazon description).
Looking for a gift or something a bit more durable?
I love this wooden set from Melissa and Doug…
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Want to see more?
Check out Country Road which has a road work video, mini craft idea, and road construction book picks!
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This post is linked up with…
- It’s Playtime at hands on: as we grow; check it out for lots of great playtime ideas!
- Fun Sparks over at Science Sparks; I love this site! Check it out for loads of science related fun!
- Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles; a very thoughtful, educational, positive, parenting site. Check it out along with many great learning links!