Younger children are not always aware of the dangers of a road and so using road safety is not something that they would necessarily think of when chasing after a ball or running after their friends. That is why it’s down to the adults, parents and teachers to educate them.
Leading by example
One of the most important things when it comes to teaching children road safety is to set a good example. Children very often find themselves following and picking up on the behaviour of their parents and adults around them in general. Being careful, looking left and right, crossing when cars are far enough away, and only at the appropriate lights and markings, are a few simple points that can be taught to children when it comes to road safety. Lessons in road safety can go further than this however, and can continue in the playground at school.
Road Safety on the playground
Playgrounds are a great place for children to actively learn in general, since they respond very well to colourful, fun activities and games. Using playground markings can really help children to become more aware of how road safety works, including what to expect on the roads and how to use them – either as a pedestrian, in a vehicle or on a bike.
Additionally, it is a lot safer to teach children about the rules of the road in the environment of their school or neighbourhood playground, instead of on the real roads. They will most likely have a lot more fun too!
How can that be achieved?
Adding a roadway playground marking to your play area is a fun and innovative way to engage children and encourage them to learn about road safety whilst playing. Tricycles and scooters can be introduced and are great fun for children to race around on. When they are enjoying themselves, they are more likely to be willing to listen and learn.
Our crossing characters make the well-known “stop, look listen” rule more entertaining to follow, plus other playground markings such as our bus stop, one way, give way and stop designs look exactly like the real road signs, making it easier to practice on the way to and from school.
A zebra crossing is a road marking that every little pedestrian should know how to use, plus our traffic lights will inspire imagination whilst they pretend whether they are green, amber or red.
Combine these playground markings with other fun designs such as our roundabout, park, school, factory, garage, shop and of course, parking bays for storing the bikes. Using all these different markings will make for a fantastic roadway, filled with colour and offering tons of fun, whilst also making it easier to teach road safety – both in lesson and during playtimes!