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POLICE OFFICER

BLUE ART
Display pictures of police officers in their blue uniforms. Then invite your children to try one or more of the following activities.
Blue Collages: Glue scraps of blue paper, such as construction paper, tissue paper, and crepe paper, onto pieces of blue posterboard. Also include blue pictures torn from magazines
Blue Painting: Experiment with various shades of blue paint at the easel.
Blue Fingerpainting: Use fingers and hands to make designs on paper with blue fingerpaint.
 
POLICE OFFICER PUPPETS
Give each of your children a jumbo craft stick for a puppet base. Demonstrate how to draw a face near the top of the stick. Cut a police officer hat shape from dark blue felt for each child and provide matching blue felt strips, about ¾ by 4½ inches. Show how to glue a hat shape above the puppet face and a felt strip below the face for a uniform. For badges, give the children circles punched out of heavy-duty foil to glue onto the police officer hat and uniform “jacket.” Encourage the children to use their puppets when telling stories and singing songs.
 
PERSONAL SAFETY
Help your children learn to say their name, address, and telephone number.
Let the children use a nonworking phone to practice dialing 9-1-1 (or other appropriate emergency number).
Invite an Officer Friendly from your local police department to visit your group and explain safety rules for the children to follow. Prepare questions ahead of time.

 
OFFICER, HELP ME! GAME
Have your children sit in a circle. Then try one or both of the variations below of this popular game.
Choose one child to be the Police Officer. Pretend to be a Parent and ask the Officer to find your lost child. Silently choose another player to be your lost child and describe the player in detail. Have the Officer use the description to “find” your child. Then let the child become the new Police Officer.
For a more challenging game, have one of your children be the Parent and describe his or her missing child for the Officer.
 
TRAFFIC SAFETY

Traffic Lights: Talk with your children about traffic lights and what the colors red, yellow, and green mean. For a fun art activity, let them paint rectangular box lids black. When the paint has dried, give them each a red, a yellow, and a green circle to glue in the proper order inside their lids. Display the finished Traffic Lights in your room.
Traffic Signs: Using appropriate colors of posterboard, make a set of familiar traffic signs: a stop sign, a yield sign, a one-way sign, and so forth. From white posterboard, cut out an identical shape for each sign. Then invite the children to identify each sign and find its matching white shape.

 
POLICE OFFICER DRAMATIC PLAY
Let your children take turns wearing a police officer hat and doing these activities.
Direct riding toy “traffic” in an outdoor area.
Write pretend traffic tickets for those not following the traffic rules.
Help other children cross a pretend street safely, teaching them to stop, look both ways, and listen before crossing.
Direct toy car and truck traffic on a floor street map in your room.

 
I’M A POLICE OFFICER

Tune: “I’m a Little Teapot”

I’m a police officer
Dressed in blue.
If you have a problem,
I’ll help you.
Call me on the phone
At 9-1-1,
And I’ll be coming
On the run!
Liz Ryerson
POLICE OFFICER PLACEMATS
Find a picture of a police officer in uniform. Make a duplicated copy of the picture for each of your children and trim around the edges with scissors. Have the children glue their police officer pictures onto pieces of construction paper. Then have them draw pictures on their papers incorporating the police officer figure. When they have finished, cover them with clear Contact paper to make placemats.