A police unit study can be used at any time, although you might want to use it to emphasize safety skills at the start of the school year or in observance of the anniversary of 9-11. For my post today, I want to share some activities using free police printables. The hands-on activities in this post are for preschoolers through kindergarteners.
You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities.
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How Many Fingerprints? Activity
This activity used a free printable from the Police Printables ~ Preschool Packet at Homeschool Creations. It also uses an ink pad, stapler, and inexpensive tray from the grocery store. After the child places the correct number of fingerprints on each page, a "How Many Fingerprints?" booklet could be created.
Catch the Robber Math Game
This tray uses the Catch the Robber printable from 2 Teaching Mommies. I used an inexpensive wooden tray from a hobby store and glass gems as the game pieces. The printable has a numbered die with the numbers from 1-3. I used a regular die with 1-6 dots, but you can choose the die according to your child's or students' level.
You could also make this into a cooperative game. See "How to Use Cooperative Games to Teach Sportsmanship" for ideas on using educational games cooperatively.
Learning to Call 911
I Can Teach My Child has a creative printable for Learning to Dial 9-1-1 along with helpful ideas for introducing 9-1-1. Children could practice calling 911 first on the printable, then on a cordless phone, and then on a cell phone. I cut out extra numbers from the printable so the children could place the numbers 9-1-1 in the order needed in an emergency.
Police Badge Punching Activity
For this tray, I printed out a Hero Badge from Pastiche Family Portal. I used punching materials from Montessori Services, which I especially like for their safety. Children with good cutting skills could use scissors rather than a puncher if desired.
There are also other types of badge printables in my Free Police Printables and Montessori-Inspired Police Activities post at Living Montessori Now. Just use whichever badge printable works best for your child or students.
Police Car Skip Counting by 2s to 100
For this activity, I used the Numberline Freebies from City Teacher Goes Country. There are also police car numbers in the printable for counting by 10s, although I chose counting by 2s to 100 for this activity. Many children like big projects and would enjoy placing the numbers in order by twos in a long line across the floor.
Police Station and Police Car Craft
This is an activity for children with advanced cutting and assembly skills. I used Police Station and Police Car printables from Canon Creative Park. This could even be a gift that an older child could prepare for younger siblings.
More Free Printables
Go to my post at Living Montessori Now for links to more police freebies from around the blogosphere: Free Police Printables and Montessori-Inspired Police Activities.
Wishing you a wonderful start to the new school year!
Deb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in Colorado Springs with her husband of 38 years and their cat of 12 years. She blogs at Living Montessori Now.
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