Monday, October 29, 2012 by Shelley Miles
craft, games, November activities, November holidays
NOVEMBER 20—Traffic Light Invented, Children's day
American Garrett Augustus Morgan invented the electric traffic light on this day in 1923. Previously, traffic lights had been powered by gas, with levers that had to be turned manually.
Make your own traffic light by helping your child cut a red, green, and yellow circle out of construction paper. Glue the circles onto a shoe box lid to simulate a real traffic light. Explain to your child that red means “stop,” yellow means “slow down,” and green means “go.” You can also have fun playing the game “Red Light, Green Light.” Glue a red circle and green circle each to its own craft stick.
Position yourself at one end of the room, your child at the other. Hold up the green circle and say “Walk!” Then hold up the red circle and say, “Stop!” Use different commands, such as hop, skip etc., and speed up the game as your child gets better at it. Here is a fun Traffic Sign Quiz
Today is also Universal Children's Day, established by the UN in 1954. One of the goals is to celebrate childhood. And what better way to celebrate childhood than by playing - board games, catch, hopscotch, bowling. Go out and have some fun!
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