Help us keep the roads safe!

For nursery and primary school levels:

  • ELC
  • P1

Help us be seen

Learn about bright and reflective clothing to help us be safe in the dark.

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Bright clothes help to keep us safe when we’re out in the dark.

Which outfits can help drivers see us best?

The two at the top are easy to see! The two at the bottom are hard!

Which clothes are the safest when it’s dark?

Is this a safe outfit?

Is this a safe outfit?

Is this a safe outfit?

Is this a safe outfit?

These are the correct answers!

How many did you get right?





Notes for Educators

You can make this activity a discussion (teachers, use your smartboard) and ask:

  • Why is it important to wear bright or reflective clothing in the dark? (When light from a car’s headlights hits reflective clothing, it shines back far more light to the driver than normal clothing, making the person easier to see.)
  • Can you see the reflective strips on the red outfit?
  • Why is it better to have bright or reflective colours higher up on your clothing? (It gives the driver more chance of seeing you. Having reflectors on shoes/ankles also helps you to be seen when crossing the road in the dark.)
  • Do you know any reflective pieces of clothing that you could wear (Like armbands, sashes, waistcoats, jackets or footwear)?
  • Why doesn’t wearing bright jumpers under dark coats help drivers to see us? (Children can think that wearing a brightly coloured jumper helps – but often it’s covered by a jacket or school bag.)
  • Look at the children’s own jacket and identify bright colours, reflective sections, etc.
  • Look at examples of reflective materials and demonstrate how they work.
  • Discuss how reflective badges or tags or stickers can be added to school bags or jackets, if they’re not already there.

Curriculum for Excellence associated Experiences and Outcomes

I know and can demonstrate how to keep myself and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations. HWB 0-17a

I know and can demonstrate how to travel safely. HWB 0-18a

I listen or watch for useful or interesting information and I use this to make choices or learn new things. LIT 0-04a

Through creative play, I explore different materials and can share my reasoning for selecting materials for different purposes. SCN 0-15a

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