Playground: Picture Rule Cards
How to Use Picture Rule Cards on the Playground
The right hemisphere of the brain is in charge of self-regulation. Because the right hemisphere processes information in images, it is important to show children visual images of what acceptable behaviors look like. The Picture Rule Cards provide specific images of what children can do to be successful members of the School Family.
Picture Rule Cards consist of an image of a hurtful behavior and two images of helpful choices. This provides children with a clear “no,” plus two choices for positive behaviors that will maintain their commitment to the safety of the classroom. Photograph children demonstrating the two helpful choices and one hurtful/unsafe behavior. Mark through the hurtful/unsafe choice and then post each set of cards together in the appropriate playground areas. (Example: Post the swinging rules near the swing set.)
Tell children, “My job is to keep you safe. Your job is to help keep it safe.” Discuss what would help them feel safe in the classroom/on the playground. Post Picture Rule Cards around the locations where they will be used. (Example: Post lining up pictures near the door.)