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Safety Theme:  Preventing Child Abduction

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Safety
>  "Be Careful with Strangers"
Today children and grown ups will enjoy a delightful versions of Little Red Riding Hood with wonderful images, text or audio.  

To make the story time and learning even more fun there are some great teaching aids/crafts the children are sure to enjoy.

On a serious note, the Little Red Riding Hood story is an appropriate opportunity to address a safety issue that we altogether much rather not even think about or contemplate:   
child abduction; nonetheless it requires our attention to help our children avoid the unthinkable.  

We can discuss with young children how to deal with potentially dangerous situations with strangers following some simple tips from the experts.   These tips have been put together in a manner that children will not be frightened or stressed but ALERT to situations and actions by strangers.

Note:  Educators may want to let parents know the topic that will be discussed and provide a safety sheet outlining the key safety tips before hand, so parents are prepared for children's questions.  There are links below to help you with the safety sheet.

There are a number of ways to present these materials, it is a matter of preference and what you feel best works for the age group.

1.  Alternative #1:  For larger groups it may work to have a Little Red Riding Hood and wolf crafts (links in the materials column) ready to present and use for presentation purposes during the reading to use as puppets, and then tell the children they will be making their own to play with and take home.

2.  Alternative #2:  The crafts can be made after the reading without revealing them before hand. 

3.  There are enough crafts and materials for this story and topic to divide the activities into  a two day session.  Here is a suggested flow of activities:  
Day 1:  
*  Read the story discuss the events. 
*  Discuss safety issues and the children will help "reinvent" the story by applying the safety issues.  What should have Little Red Riding Hood done to avoid what happened.  
*  Make one craft of the characters. 
Day 2:  
*  Ask children to recall the events in their own words.  
*  Make the second craft.  
*  Review key safety issues briefly and role play with the crafts (see DLTK´s  McGruff the Crime Dog page for ideas).
*  Print and send the coloring page with a safety sheet for parents.  

For parents at home extend the activities for a third day by practicing the safety tips and doing the coloring activity.

Activity #1: Online Story time:  
Version 1:  Little Red Riding Hood at BBC Beenies
Version 2: Red Riding Hood at Gullah Tales in English and Gullah language
Version 3:  Little Red Riding Hood at DLTK-kids

1.  Read from screen or have a book and Little Red Riding Hood Craft and wolf for presentation.
2.  Refer to flow of activities suggested #3 above.

Activity #2:  Safety "Be Alert with  Situations and Actions of Strangers" -  Character Craft
Here are three different links with professional safety tips to avoid child abduction to discuss with young children.  There also tips for teens and parents.   There is no doubt that these agencies have enough experience with this issue to rely on their research for putting together these tips.

FBI Safety Tips - Abduction
 
You may have to adjust these slightly since they are designed for grades K to 5.

Child Find Canada
Review the following topics listed on the left column

*30 Ways to Help Prevent Child Abduction:
This tips are divided in three groups:  for young children, teens and parents.  
*Educating Your Children About Strangers
This is a very important document in that it really defines how children should learn to be on the lookout for SITUATIONS or ACTIONS from a person that suggest danger not particular appearance.  

Discuss the safety tips and make one of the crafts following the easy instructions in the links provided.  Read the suggestions below to make a puppet show.

Suggestion: Safety Tips Sheet for Parents
Print or copy and paste a list of tips for parents using the information provided in  the links above to send home with the children and/or give to parents prior to activities.
When children take these tips home, and parents read and discuss them, it reinforces what has been discussed at child care or preschool.

Activity with McGruff the Crime Dog at DLTK
Puppet Show with Crafts:
Leanne at DLTK has put together a sensible and practical article as well as a fun activity on how to present this topic.  Using the Little Red Riding Hood and wolf craft make a puppet show as she suggests.  It is extremely important to stress that not all dangerous strangers look as the menacing WOLF, they can be anyone, like Bob the Builder.  You may want to make Bob the Builder for purposes of illustrating this point.

Take Home Activity:  Little Red Riding Hood Coloring Pages
Print your choice of coloring pages to send home to reinforce the message and open up discussion at home about the topic.

Nutrition Theme:  A Nutritious Food Basket for Little Red Riding Hood's Grandma
For children under four years old:
Dairy Products Basket | Fruit Basket Craft | Vegetables Basket Craft
Children in this age group can also benefit from having this story read to them and have some basic explanations made about how to deal with a stranger.  Children can make an easy printable basket with nutritious dairy products or vegetables  such as the one that Little Red Riding Hood was taking to Grandma.

Animals > Mammals > Endangered > Wolf Activities >
Skills:  Science, Social Studies, Problem Solving
There is a lot negative myths associated to the wolf because of the way it has been portrayed in folk and fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and others.  The gray wolf is endangered.

Alphabet > W is for Wolf lesson plan printable activities

Fairy Tales >  Lesson plan activities featuring the wolf:
1.  The Three Little Pigs
2.  The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Realistic Wolf Coloring Pages: 
Wolf #1 | Wolf #2

The tips need to be reviewed sporadically with the children to keep them fresh in their mind.

Our heartfelt thanks to Leanne at DLTK for her contribution of the online story, wonderful crafts and coloring page that will help us all deliver this important safety information!  

Printable Crafts in color or black and white format:
Little Red Riding Hood Craft

Wolf crafts:
1. Wolf Craft

Food Basket for Grandma:
*Dairy products basket
*Fruit basket
*Vegetable Basket Craft

Coloring Pages:
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Realistic Wolf coloring pages
1 | 2

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