The Purple Apple
Sample Activity

Creating A Safe Place


Using shoeboxes, children are encouraged to create a safe place that includes all the things they need to be happy, healthy and safe. In the next lesson, children are encouraged to form groups. These become neighborhoods that children form into safe communities.

Class discussion forms around what a community needs in order to be happy, healthy, and safe. Children are encouraged to think about planning parks, schools, zoos, lakes, streets, fire stations, ice cream stores.

Careful thought ahead of time includes the use of classroom space and movement in the classroom. The art facilitator needs to help solve problems such as maintaining a feeling of community, addressing fears of being left out of activities, and promoting a healthy, safe and happy environment. Communication skills are encouraged to include all class members and promote positive interactions.

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