Teaching Children about Stranger Danger

As a parent there are things that you really don’t want to think about, things like your children being hurt, but it is important to educate them and one of the things I’ve been thinking about for a while now is the idea of stranger danger. I was sent a book from QED from their fairytales gone wrong series called Who’s Bad and Who’s Good, Little Red Riding Hood? and used as an opportunity to introduce the idea of stranger danger.

whos bad and whos good little red riding hood

The children instantly knew what this book was about so it’s a great way to illustrate the concept of stranger danger to them with a familiar story. As soon as this arrived they sat and read it together telling me it had a policeman in it and a rabbit much to their excitement.

whos bad and whos good little red riding hood

The story follows Little Red Riding Hood as she makes her way to Grandma’s house, but she soon gets talking to a rabbit who turns out to be the notorious Bunny Burglar. It’s a message that all unknown people are strangers, regardless of how they look and it’s hard to know who to trust. I felt that reading this book together was a good opportunity to explore the idea of stranger danger a bit more with the children so I set up a tuff spot play scene for them.

To set up the scene I used (affiliate links included):

I set up a road using the creating blocks and a park area (green blocks) and a swimming pool and lake (blue blocks). I set up a cafe, a house and a shop using the wooden town blocks.

Stranger danger activities

I then added figures along the way to entice the children to talk to them. some were obvious ‘good’ people like the policeman and lollypop lady. I then asked the children to choose a figure to represent them.  Their figure left the park area to make their way home, and I stopped them along the way using the strangers I’d set up on the path and some characters were nice and others clearly not. I used different conversational topics to entice the children. They were able to tell me they shouldn’t talk to the stranger and to run and tell the policeman or someone in the cafe I’d set up.

Stranger danger activities

Miss E wanted to go to the stranger who said he has some new kittens and did she want to see them, but Mr D was quick to say that no, that was a stranger and she shouldn’t go. The children played with this for a good while and alternated between being the character wanting to get home and the strangers.

Stranger danger activities

This was a really simple idea to set up and it worked well embedding the information they’d learnt from the book we had shared. We then read another in the series, The Girl Who Cried Wolf. It was a another great read and a great way to get across the old idea of the classic story of why you shouldn’t lie.

girl who cried wolf

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9 Comments

  1. Tony
    25th January 2017 / 20:54

    brilliant!

  2. Pat Burns
    25th January 2017 / 20:55

    That’s so good Sarah. A great way to introduce the children to stranger danger and it’s never to early for them to learn. You have some fabulous ideas.

  3. 25th January 2017 / 21:18

    T is watching over my shoulder and has just asked me if I can make a tuff spot like this for him. Thanks so much for the idea xx

  4. Pauline
    25th January 2017 / 21:55

    That’s a really sensible approach. No harm in preparing the,m xx

  5. 26th January 2017 / 19:10

    What an amazing way of showing plus teaching kids about stranger danger

  6. 28th January 2017 / 12:00

    This is so lovely! This is such an important lesson for children 🙂

  7. Deborah Mackenzie
    11th February 2017 / 21:45

    sounds great

  8. Alex
    31st March 2017 / 15:12

    How about avoiding anxiety? Children can get anxious, and afraid of the new.

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