The past few months I’ve been teaching my 3-year-old the alphabet. During the letter N week, we worked on numbers, specifically on how to call 911 in case of an emergency.
If your child has a clear understanding of numbers and letters, they’re probably at the perfect age to start learning what to do in the event of an emergency. In conjunction with learning how to call 911—on my smartphone—I’m also teaching little J how to call Mommy or Daddy in case of an emergency.
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Just like anything, repetition is the key to teaching something new to a toddler. We worked on calling 911 and Mommy and Daddy all week, and I’ll continue to sprinkle related activities in our lesson plans.
Check out some of the fun and playful ways to Teach Your Child How to Call 911 (on your smartphone):
Write numbers and letters on post-it notes to replicate the phone keypad. Place them up a wall and have your toddler practice pushing the “buttons” to call 911 or Mommy and Daddy’s phone number. Don’t forget the emergency and call button.
Draw out in chalk the numbers on the phone keypad. Remember to include the emergency button and call button. Let them stomp it out!
One of my son’s favorite YouTubers is Blippi so everytime we learn about calling 911 we repeat a line from the Police Car Song. “If there’s ever an emergency, call 911 and the police will come driving in their police car!”
Check out the video here.
Use a strip of poster board to write your phone number in permanent marker. Write or print your number on a separate piece of paper. Laminate for repeated use. Cut numbers out and use to match.
Download this worksheet from One Mom and a Blog to help your toddler practice calling 911 and Mommy and Daddy’s phone number. Use Do A Dot markers. Note: I handwrote in Emergency and colored the call button green to help reinforce important these steps.
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A very important step that cannot be forgotten when Teaching Your Child How to Call 911 on your smartphone is teaching them to press the call button! This is a step that, once upon a time, before smartphones, wasn’t needed. Now, almost everyone I know, including myself, doesn’t have a home phone. Most families only have smartphones so it’s important to remember to teach your child to press the big green call button after dialing 911 or any other phone number.
This is also a good lesson to implement during the letter E week—for what to do in an emergency.
When your child is ready, let them practice on calling Mommy and Daddy on your phone. And remember to continue reminding them how to call 911 in case of an emergency.
Don’t forget—repetition is the key!
Related: Letter A Lesson Plan for Preschoolers
What creative ways have you tried to teach your child how to call 911? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.
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