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Digging for Signs

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This find-a-match game develops memory and problem solving while teaching your child about important safety signs.

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Digging for Signs

This find-a-match game develops memory and problem solving while teaching your child about important safety signs.

What you’ll need:

What you will need list

What to do:

First, make some safety signs. You can make these signs yourself or draw and cut them out with your child. You can use signs like: stop, no entry, go this way, slippery floor or/ and zebra crossing. 

Chat to your child about what each sign means and where they might see them.

Take each cut-out sign and cut it in half. Take the signs out to your garden and hide them in grass, bushes or in the sandpit. Let your child hunt for the signs. When they find a half, they must leave it where it is until they find the other half. When they have both halves of a sign, they can bring them to you or put them in a basket. Encourage them to keep going until they have found all the signs.

Alternative Materials:

Alternative materials list

Change it up:

Make it easy: Use fewer signs. Make two of each sign so your child finds two of the same instead of two halves.

Make it a challenge: Use more signs and signs that are more difficult, like biohazard signs or electrical danger signs.

Play with friends: Children can work in teams to find the signs. The first team to find all their signs are the winners. You can have each group create a different set of signs and then find signs made by another group so that they are less familiar with the signs they are hunting for.

Indoor play: You can do this activity indoors by filling a container with sand or rice and burying the signs in it.

Developmental areas:

  • Memory

  • Understating your surroundings

  • Problem solving

  • Planning

  • Creativity

Values: 

Following rules; teamwork; personal safety.