Shine bright like a diamond. Some children love to be bright and some may not be so keen… until they see these fun ideas.
If you are a parent, teacher or road safety professional reading this you probably realise how important it is that children can be seen by drivers. Here are some ideas to help you encourage children to be bright.
On the Catwalk
Being seen doesn’t have to mean wearing a yellow jacket; other fluorescent colours are available such as green, pink, red and orange. Bags and hats can also be ‘high vis’.
Demonstrate this by holding a high vis fashion show and ask children to model different colours and products.
Encourage children at your local school to start their own ‘high vis shop’ at lunchtime, after school or at a school Christmas fair. They can choose items, order and sell them on to other students.
This can link in with a school enterprise project, with children designing the marketing materials (posters, price lists, adverts etc), managing their budget and running the stall.
Hold a ‘Be Bright’ day at school. Ask everyone to kit themselves out as brightly as possible with extra marks for fluorescent or reflective items. What a change from the usual school uniform colours!
An option is to collect donations for taking park and use it as a fundraiser for your school (eg to buy road safety teaching resources) or a related charity such as Brake the road safety charity.
Alternatively ask everyone to be bright in fluorecent, reflective items and dress up one person in each class with as many items as possible… the brightest person wins for their class. (Literally) brilliant for an assembly!
Bling Your Bike
It’s great exercise for children to be out on bikes. When teaching them about helmet safety remember to teach them to be bright too.
Let them bling their bikes with stick on reflectors and fluorescent spoke reflectors for day and night visibility. Particularly good for side visibility at junctions.
Think Small…Build up Big
Start with funky small high vis accessories such as our reflective zip clips to clothing; these clips are really appealing and collectable for children.
The more they add, the brighter they will be.
For the best visibility it’s a good idea to supplement small high vis items with larger ones such as high vis bags.
‘Oh no, it’s Safety’
If children don’t want to wear high vis ‘because it’s safety’, get them kitted out with duel purpose items, eg a practical, funky high vis bag or bright, cosy fleece beanie hat… so they have other reasons to use it.
Give them a choice of items and get them kitted out with something they like; if they like it they will wear it.
Creating collages or displays of their own high vis designs is great fun for children in Design and Technology lessons.
Make sure they know the difference between fluorescent fabrics (neon colours for day/dusk visibility) and reflective materials (shiny plastic or silver grey fabric for night-time visibility) so they can include elements of both in their designs.