What to do with this activity?
You might like to learn the safe cross code designed by the Road Safety Authority or Ireland. It will help teach your child how to cross a road safely.
Click on the yellow activity link below to watch the video with your child. Learn to sing the song together if you like, and the dance that goes with it. Here are the words:
One, two, three - safe cross,
Four, five, six - safe cross,
One, two, three, four, five, six - safe cross code
One - look for a safe place
Two - don’t hurry, stop and wait
Three - look all around and listen before you cross the road, remember
Four - let all the traffic pass you
Five - then walking straight across
Six - keep watching. That's the safe cross code!!!!!"
Safe place stop and wait, safe place stop and wait
Safe ground look around, listen for a traffic sound
If traffic’s coming let it pass until the road is clear at last
Then walking straight across the road
Keep watching - that’s the code.
(Repeat from the top)
Why am I doing this?
Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.
How can I do more?
When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.
But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”
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