Grade Levels: K-3

These K-3 activities provide parents and educators with ideas for teaching about safety signs. The activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Safety Signs topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.

Classroom Activities for Teaching About Safety Signs

School Safety Signs
Lead a discussion with the whole class about school safety and rules. Then have students find places where signs are missing in the school building or playground. They should think about dangerous corners, places where students might run in the halls, or the library where people should use quiet voices. You might assign small groups to visit different parts of the school. Then ask students to design symbols to communicate the simple message to their fellow students. You may want to review the special colors and shapes that safety signs use to communicate information. Students can create signs using the appropriate color or shape and post them.

Sign Sort

Take your class on a walk through the school building or neighborhood with clipboards, digital cameras, or small drawing notebooks. Students can draw or photograph any signs they see. Back in the classroom, have the students share their drawings or photos and categorize them into different groups, such as signs that warn, signs that give directions, signs that tell people to stop, etc.

Signs Here and There

Different countries use different street signs. Have students research signs from different countries on the Internet or at the library. Guidebooks for other countries usually include a list of street and safety signs as well as their meanings. Students can copy different signs and share what they learned with the whole class.

Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Safety Signs


Take a walk around your home or your neighborhood with your child. Have your child point to different signs or special symbols on labels and discuss what they mean. How do the signs use color or shapes to communicate? What do the symbols mean? Discuss different safety rules with your child.

Red Light, Green Light

Discuss symbols and signs that mean stop or go. There are many symbols that mean stop, such as the stop sign, a red traffic light, a red blinking light, or a yield sign. Draw different symbols for stop and go on separate pieces of paper. Then play “Red Light, Green Light” using the signs.

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