Education is Key in Traffic Safety for Kids
The FDOT District 2 Community Traffic Safety Program has developed, printed, and distributed activity books throughout 18 Northeast Florida counties. The goal is to help improve safety for kids and reduce injuries and fatalities in our community. This two-part flip book is great for elementary-age children and also older preteens.
These important traffic safety messages and activities can be downloaded for free to share with the children in our communities. They cover a wide range of topics, including child passenger safety (CPS), occupant protection, pedestrian safety, bike and helmet safety, ATV off-road safety, and school bus dangers and safety.
Other key safety concerns for kids include swimming, sports, fire hazards, and general everyday safety tips. We’ve got mazes, puzzles, coloring, games, crosswords, word searches, scrambles, trivia, and safety checklists to keep the kids engaged while emphasizing valuable safety knowledge. We hope these life-saving reminders will help prevent injuries and fatalities as we work towards the goal of Target Zero.
Safety Scores! On your way to school, at home, and off to play.
In addition to the printed activity books, we created individual activity sheets as a resource for teachers, parents, and caregivers. They are 8.5 x 11 size printable pages. Free to download, print, and share. Below you will find past and present traffic safety activity sheets for kids of all ages. Important safety tips and fun activities for young kids. Suitable for ages ten and under. Work alone or together with a teacher, parent, or caregiver.
Traffic Safety for Elementary Kids – Three activity book designs to choose from. Click the dropdown bars to view and download activity sheets.
Look and Listen!
- STAY ON THE SIDEWALK. If no sidewalk, walk on the far left off the side of the road, facing traffic.
- ALWAYS cross the street at corners or CROSSWALKS.
- Look LEFT, RIGHT, and LEFT again before crossing the street. Continue to look for cars as you cross.
- MAKE SURE DRIVERS SEE YOU.
Be a ROLL Model! Wheel Smart Ideas…
- WEAR YOUR HELMET EVERY TIME you bike or skate.
- Use a bike that is the RIGHT SIZE for you.
- RIDE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD in the same direction as the traffic.
- Stay in BIKE LANES or on sidewalks.
- Be sure you can BE SEEN by using lights and reflectors.
- Make sure drivers can see you.
- NEVER RIDE ALONE or AT NIGHT.
- OBEY traffic signs and signals.
- BE ALERT… LOOK AND LISTEN for cars!
Child Passenger Safety
Ride Right! Use Your Auto Sense…
- BUCKLE UP for every car ride.
- Ride in the BACK SEAT–it’s the safest.
- YOUR SEAT BELT should be snug on your upper thighs, across your chest, and over your shoulders.
- SIT UP STRAIGHT to prevent injuries during a crash.
- If you are 5 to 9 years old, weigh less than 80 pounds, and are shorter than 4 feet 9 inches, you should ride in a BOOSTER or CAR SEAT.
- Never play inside a car – they get VERY HOT inside very quickly!
- Never play behind or around cars.
School Bus Safety
Get to School Safely!
- DON’T RUSH – leave on time.
- No pushing or rough playing around.
- FOLLOW THE RULES and don’t be a distraction.
- In the PARENT DROP OFF / PICKUP LINE, always buckle up and follow car line rules.
- When WALKING OR BIKING, cross the street ONLY in crosswalks and pay attention to the crossing guards.
- If riding the BUS, get to the bus stop early and listen to the bus driver.
Stay Safe on All-Terrain Vehicles
Click to Stay Safe on ATVs
- ALWAYS use an ATV that is the right size for you.
- Get training and wear proper clothes to prevent accidents.
- Wear a FULL FACE HELMET and eye protection.
- Use an ATV only on DIRT ROADS, not pavement.
- ALWAYS have an adult with you when you use an ATV.
- Only ONE person on each ATV.
Home and Fire Safety
Explore Your World Safely
- Always have an adult’s help in the kitchen.
- Be careful around hot liquids and steam.
- Stay away from cleaning products and chemicals.
- Never play with lighters, matches, candles, or gas.
- Be careful outside–snakes and insects can be poisonous.
- Don’t eat or touch plants like poison ivy, wild berries, or mushrooms.
Fire Safety Tips
- Working smoke detectors save lives.
- Make sure to have two ways out of each room.
- Practice your escape plan with your family.
- Remember to get out fast and crawl low under smoke.
- Stop, drop, and roll if your clothing catches fire.
- Have a safe meeting place, and once outside, stay out!
Swim, Sports and Play Safety
Game On! Good Sports Safety Tips
- DRINK WATER – stay hydrated!
- STRETCH before and after practice or game.
- Wear the right PROTECTIVE GEAR for your sport.
- Make sure your safety gear fits properly.
- Tell a coach or an adult if you don’t feel good.
- TAKE BREAKS and drink lots of water.
- Don’t push, shove, or crowd others when playing.
- REPORT HAZARDS such as broken equipment, holes, rocks, or water puddles that could cause an accident.
Safety First When Swimming! Never Swim Alone
- Never swim alone, and always have an adult nearby.
- If you are a beginning swimmer, stay in the shallow areas where your head is above the water when you stand.
- Don’t eat or chew gum while swimming.
- Don’t run or push others.
- Follow the pool rules, and don’t dive into the water.
- Take breaks and rest when needed.
- If you see lightning, get out of the water.
- Always wear a life jacket when on a boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board.
Up Your Safety Game! Phone Down. Eyes Up. Buckle Up!
Older kids need reminders of important, life-saving safety tips too. These fun and informational activity sheets are great for kids ages 10 to 15.
Take Action Against Distraction
EVERY HOUR a teen pedestrian is injured or killed from being hit by a car in the United States. Join the campaign for pedestrian safety.
Crossing Safe Crossword – Click to Take Action Against Distraction
- Look up and stay alert when walking.
- Walk on the sidewalk.
- Don’t text or talk on the phone.
- Make eye contact with drivers.
- Take off headphones or ear buds before crossing the street.
- Always cross in the crosswalk or at a corner, never mid-street.
- Don’t walk alone or in the dark.
Children under the age of 16 are required by Florida Law to wear a properly fitted helmet.
Cycling Safe Word Scramble – Click here to Roll the Right Way
Brain Maze – Take the Bike Helmet Fit Test and Learn Hand Signals
- Wear your helmet every time you ride or skate.
- Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it.
- Stay as far to the right as possible. Use the sidewalk or bike lane when available.
- Know and use appropriate hand signals.
- Obey traffic signs and signals.
- Make sure drivers are paying attention and are stopped before you cross the street.
- Walk your bike through the crosswalk.
- Your bike should have reflectors and lights, and you should wear clothes or accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve your visibility to motorists.
Always Buckle Up!
Car Quiz for Kids – Click Seat Belt Challenge to download
You’re ready to wear a seat safety belt if you pass these three things:
- The shoulder belt fits across your shoulder and chest without going over your neck.
- The vehicle lap belt fits across your upper thighs and doesn’t cut into your stomach.
- Your knees bend at the edge of the seat when your back and bottom are against the vehicle seat back.
If not, a BOOSTER SEAT is the perfect way to make sure the seat belt fits and you stay safe when riding in a car!
School Bus and ATV Safety
All-Terrain, Off-Road Safety
Always wear a HELMET with EYE PROTECTION when riding on an ATV.
Avoid School Bus Dangers
BE THOUGHTFUL to the bus driver and other students. Bus stop safety checklist:
- Arrive early.
- Don’t push or cut in line.
- Stay out of the “danger zone,” 10 steps away from the bus.
- Wait for the bus driver to open the door before trying to get on.
- Talk quietly during the entire bus ride.
- Keep aisle clear of your backpack, bag, or books.
- Walk in front of the bus to cross the street, never behind it.
Home and Fire Safety
Fire Hazards Ahead
Basic fire safety checklist:
- Don’t play with fire, matches, lighters, fireworks, or gasoline.
- Never experiment with flammable or explosive materials.
- Be careful in the kitchen–hot liquids and steam cause most burns.
- Learn some basic first aid.
- If there is a fire, get out, stay out, and call 911.
- Memorize your emergency contact numbers in case you do not have your cell phone with you.
Fire Hazards Maze – Download here
Swim and Sports Safety
Play Safe to Win
Sport injuries are serious and often CAN BE PREVENTED with a few simple safety precautions.
Swim Safety Saves Lives, Water Savvy Checklist:
- Know how to swim, and know your limits.
- No running or rough play around water.
- Take breaks when swimming to prevent cramps.
- Never dive head first unless it’s an area designated safe for diving. If you see lightning or hear thunder, get out of the water.
- Be cautious in cold or rough waters.
- If caught in a rip current, don’t fight it–swim with the current, then to shore.
Swim Safety Saves Lives – Download here
Additional resources, coloring pages, and videos available:
Other free child safety downloadable pages from your Traffic Safety Team:
Connect the Dots: Danger Zone – Bus Stop Safety
Bus Stop Safety for Kids: download
Crosswords: Car Seat and Pedestrian Safety
Drawing/Coloring: Fire, Biking and Home Safety
Mazes: Swim, Walking and Halloween Safety
Puzzles: Sport and ATV Safety
Word Search: Super Smart Safety for Kids
Super Safety Kids Word Search – Word Search Download