Add environmental print to your child’s construction dramatic play with these free road sign printables! We absolutely adore our traffic signs for play in our block center, and this is a fabulous way to get kids motivated to explore reading.
Environmental print is a very powerful tool in supporting emergent literacy skills. Through logos and signs children are exposed to the idea that that writing serves a purpose. Because of this children typically read environmental print first. As their understanding of print and phonetic skills necessary for reading increases, they gradually begin to read words presented separately from the logo.
Environmental print is a great way to help kids see themselves as readers!
Items Needed to Create Environmental Print Road Signs:
- Thick paper such as Card Stock
- Glue Stick
- Popsicle Sticks (we had a blast using these brightly colored craft sticks)
- Scissors (let your kids help using safety scissors)
- A base — we used play dough but other ideas are pool noodles (cut into U shapes) or clothespins.
(FREE printable available at bottom of post)
How to Create Your Environmental Print Road Signs:
- Print out your road signs on to card stock.
- Cut out each sign.
- Glue to craft sticks.
- Stick craft sticks into base of choice and play!
Super easy play that kept my kiddos asking questions, imitating, and playing for at least a good hour!
Making bumps for every BUMP traffic sign was probably their favorite!
Although racing their cars around the track was right up there! They kept on telling each other slow down reaching speed limit or slow down for school zone!
And traffic lights magically appeared all over the place! So much fun!!!