It is important to familiarise children with road signs, their meaning and importance to keep them safe on the streets. Start exposing your children to these signs at a young age to teach them safe and correct habits when playing or walking near traffic. When it comes time for them to cross streets alone, they will be prepared to do so safely. Teaching children about road signs can also help them learn left from right, and colour and shape recognition.
Create visual aids to show the children. Print off pictures of basic road signs and signals such as a stop sign, yield sign, traffic light, walk and do not walk signals. Colour these signs the correct colour with crayons. Use glue to attach a wooden craft stick to the back of each sign.
Hold each sign up in front of the children and explain its purpose and meaning. Explain the proper action that the children should take when they see this sign. Instruct the children on where the signs and signals will be located along a road, and teach them to always look for signs.
Test the children's retention of the information by instructing the children to line up along one end of the room. Stand at the other end and tell the children to pretend that they are driving a car or walking along a street. While they walk toward you, hold up a sign. Tell the children to take the appropriate action, whether it is to stop, yield, or walk.
Take the children on a walk around the school or your home. Point out road signs and ask the children to identify them and their meaning. Practice crossing the street with the children to familiarise them with the actual signs and allow them to practice following their directions.
Do not allow children to cross streets alone until they understand road signs and are mature enough to cross streets alone.