Is your family taking a trip in the car for Spring Break?
Keeping children safe (and occupied) on long car rides is a challenge. It’s also important to keep your child safe on short trips, like through the carpool line (hint, hint).
Here’s a creative way to teach your child why staying buckled in the car matters. This is from one of our favorite early childhood specialists and blogger, Amanda Morgan.
Place a ball or a marble inside a cup. Tell the children that this is them inside a car. “Drive the car around on the floor (making the requisite car noises, of course), and then make a sudden stop (and yes, you have to say, “Errrrrch”). Thanks to Newton’s law about objects in motion staying in motion, the ball will roll out of the car. Talk about what that could mean for them. If they’re in a car and the car stops, they will keep moving and could fall over or even out of the car.
Now ask who buckles up when they take a trip in the car. Give the ball some buckles by taping it in. Drive the car around again and make some sudden stops. As Newton would explain, that object in motion has now been interrupted by an equal and opposite force. The ball stays safely in the cup. Talk with your little ones about the importance of wearing seatbelts so that they can stay safe in their cars.