Making Safety Fun… and Colorful!

April 9, 2012 — By

WeMakeItSafer was founded on the principle that, if we work together, we can make the world a safer place.  We spend a lot of time educating parents about safety issues, especially the dangers of recalled products and the importance of registering belongings for safety alerts.  Every day, we remember the children who were injured or killed by unsafe products; and it is the hopeful promise of ending unnecessary injuries that keeps us going.

But sometimes, we just want (and need) to have fun.  After all, saving lives is a POSITIVE, HAPPY thing, right?

To emphasize the beauty of safety, last week, we launched our Pinterest page, full of the fun stuff that makes WeMakeItSafer special, from awesome prizes in Safety Points Rewards to the helpful websites in our Parent Tool Box.  On Pinterest, we are sharing well-designed, easy-to-pin images that help keep your family, and your followers’ families, safe!

This week, we are announcing another new, exciting project – Safer in Color!  Just as the name implies, it is a safety-themed coloring project, geared toward kids (but adults can play, too).

Children retain information better when there is an active, hands-on component to the lesson.  By having them draw out each week’s safety lesson in their own creative way, your children will be more likely to remember what you teach them.

In addition, one of the things we are most excited about, is that the Safer in Color!  project gives kids a way to help make the world a safer place, too.  Younger children will relate to the images, and everyone, even adults will be more likely to read and retain the safety messages when portrayed in colorful, fun artwork.

Here’s how it will work: 

Every month or so, we will announce a new safety-related theme on our facebook page.  Then, simply post a photo of your artwork on our wall. It can be as simple as a Pictionary or DrawSome sketch, or as fancy as an oil painting. As long as it is your own work or the work of your kiddos, almost anything goes.

We’ll share the pictures on our wall, in our facebook photo album(s) and on our Pinterest board(s) and in blog posts.  We will even feature some in our Facebook Cover photo!

To make it even more fun and interesting we will be teaming up with some amazing health and safety organizations.  While the project is currently “just for fun,” we may throw in some spontaneous prizes and thank you gifts along the way, so stay tuned.

This week’s theme:

To kick things off, for the first couple of weeks, we will be working with GoodGuide, a company dedicated to helping you find safe, healthy, green & ethical products based on scientific ratings.  It is fitting, then, that our first theme is “Making smart product choices.”

Whether it is choosing a healthy snack instead of junk food, purchasing soaps and cleaners with naturally derived ingredients or supporting local farmers, we encourage you use this opportunity to teach your children about the values that are important to you and your family when choosing healthy, safe, responsible products.

A few notes:

Before you go forth to tap into your inner Picasso, please keep these few things in mind:

  •  Images shared on blogs and social networks like Facebook and Pinterest sometimes lose their captions, comments and descriptions. Be sure to include your name in the image if you would like credit for your work.
  • By the same token, please do NOT include in your artwork any personal information that you do not want shared.
  • When you post images on our facebook wall, you are granting permission for WeMakeItSafer and our fans, friends and affiliates to use, post, share, pin, etc. the artwork and your name, if given or shown, across all media, print, and social networks, etc. for free.

Now, without further ado, we are off to make the world a safer, more colorful place!  Join us, as WeMakeItSafer in Color!

UPDATE: See below for some of the impressive drawings we have received already. Thanks so much!

What do your kids have to show other kids about making smart product choices? Add their creative interpretations to our facebook page and we’ll share them with our friends and fans. Together, we (even kids!) can make the world a safer place!

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  1. rachel olsen says:

    Great idea, Jen. I’ll have to get my wee ones to participate :)