You will need
- Scrap paper
- Pens or pencils
Before you begin
- Make sure any hazards are made safe or supervised and it is safe for everyone to explore your meeting space.
- Everyone should choose their very own safety superhero name. It’s time to become a safety superhero and go spot some danger!
- Everyone needs several sheet of paper and a pen or pencil.
- Everyone should fold a few pieces of paper in half, so they look like a tent. They should be able to stand up on their own, like a wet floor sign.
- On one half of the paper draw a big exclamation mark, or another symbol to show danger. These are your safety signs.
- Everyone should split into pairs or small groups. Armed with superhero names and safety signs, it’s time for everyone to go safety spotting.
- Each group should walk around your meeting space and place a safety sign next to anything that could be dangerous. You should also put a sign next to anything that is there to keep you safe. You might put a safety sign on the cooker, at the top of the stairs, outside the cleaning cupboard, and next to the carbon monoxide or fire alarms.
Our work here is done
- After all the safety superheroes have done their great work, everyone should come back together as a group.
- As a large group, go around your meeting place and look out for safety signs.
- Talk about each safety sign and what it has been placed next to. Is this a sign for something dangerous, or something that keeps us safe? Everyone should think about why the safety sign has been put there.
- Talk about each safety sign you come across throughout the meeting place, and about anything dangerous or safe that might have been missed.
Safe as houses
- At the end of the session, gather up the safety signs and give them back out to everyone.
This activity was all about being responsible and courageous. Being a safety superhero is a great way to keep yourself and everyone around you nice and safe, but it can take courage to tell someone when you spot a danger. When was the last time you spotted something dangerous? When was the last time you told an adult about something that might have been a bit scary?
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.