Rules Keep Me Safe

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Gather Materials

2 pieces of paper
Something to draw with (Crayon, Marker, or Pencil)

Step 1

First take each piece of paper, and on one piece have your child draw a happy face, and on the second sheet draw a sad face.

Step 2

Next, find an area where you have a little room to move around, and lay the papers down with the faces drawn on them, spread apart from one another some.

Step 3

Now, think about things you may do around the house and have your child think about weather those things are safe or unsafe and why. If they feel the thing mentioned was safe, they stand by the happy face, if they felt it was unsafe, they go and stand by the sad face. (An example may be, running up or down the stairs. The child may choose to stand by the unhappy face, now talk about why that could be unsafe). Finally, create a rule together that family members should walk up and down the stairs.

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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