In this story, Cat does something which is very silly and really dangerous with a knife. She does not mean any harm, but Cat’s Dad needs to talk to her to help her understand and to keep her and others safe.
In this story, ‘Cat the Pirate’, we will look at knife and sharp object safety, appropriate ways to act with knives and sharp objects and about how knives and sharp objects should be stored.
Have a chat with your child about how they felt about what happens in this story. Discuss any concerns they may have.
Discuss with your child how Cat played with a knife and how worried her Dad was for her safety when she played with it. But why was he so worried? We are going to look at that now.
Print off the worksheet and give it to your child to do or, view it on screen (together with your child) and see if your child knows where to store these items safely.
Ask your child:
"Why should knives and other sharp objects, such as screwdrivers, be stored safely?"
Possible answers could be:
Discuss with your child that in the story, Cat was pretending to be a pirate, and picked up a knife without thinking, putting herself and her Dad in danger. We want to learn from Cat’s mistakes and make sure that no other animals, or children makes this mistake again.
Now its time to let your child get creative!
Give your child a blank piece of paper, so they can create a poster, leaflet, advert, or web page design that would cover one of the following topics:
Discuss these ideas with your child, or help them create their own ideas.
To reinforce the message of the safety of knives, click the button below to access the ‘Knife Facts’ sheet for your child to do.
Discuss with your child any concerns they may have or if they are stuck.
The idea of this activity is to strengthen their learning, to ensure that their own home environment is safe and raise awareness of knife safety with parents/carers. We want your child and yourself to understand that knives need to be stored sensibly, as this can help us all stay safe.
Take our quiz to see what you have learnt from this story!