Percy Plays It Safe

Title: Percy Plays It Safe

Author: Stuart J. Murphy

Description: Percy is a cute giraffe who restricts the fun of others with his raucous play on the playground until he learns how to “play it safe”.

Body language
Motor planning
Social skills
Safety awareness
Respecting one another

Why I like this story: This is a direct teaching book that is short and to the point. The author lists questions at the end of the book to help direct discussion with kids.

Ideas for use:
*Read to the class when a kid plays too “rough” on the playground
*Talk about expressions on faces of the kids and discuss how they feel
*Good book to introduce and emphasize the concept of “respect”
*Use to discuss rules of safe play
*Good to use with Michelle Garcia Winner’s Behavior Maps. For example, talk about how one child’s unsafe behavior affects the play of friends and thus affects his own ability to have fun?

Submitted by: Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L

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