Your child can show an understanding of dangerous objects/situations either verbally (saying Bad, hurt, ouch) or non-verbally (backing away, staying away, shaking head “no”).
- Collect items that are generally considered dangerous: including a knife, matches, cleaning materials, medicine, iron) and all items that are not considered dangerous (a tissue, a spoon, a sock, a small ball).
- Sit with your child and explain that you are going to do an activity that tells if things are dangerous or not (If your child asks “What does dangerous mean?”, tell your child you will demonstrate when the activity starts- using objects that are dangerous to explain)
- Tell your child that when you show something the answer should be it’s “bad” or “No” if it’s dangerous and “Good” or “OK” if it’s not dangerous. For example, take out the matches and ask your child if they are dangerous. If your child does not respond or says “I don’t know”, give the correct response, Saying “bad” or “no”.
- Continue with all the items, encouraging your child to give the correct response. Give your child the expected answer when necessary.
- Repeat the activity again to ensure that your child has learned which items are dangerous and which are not, and whether your child can identify them by the correct response.