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An Garda Síochána

Children just love the authority that comes with role-playing a Garda and watching them take on the roles and responsibilities of the Gardaí and express their own personalities and experiences is a joy. Our authentic Garda Síochána costumes certainly help with that transformation. To make dramatic-play even more immersive our Garda Station pdf’s, available in Irish or English make it easy to set up your own Garda Station.

Our large format “I am a….”poster is designed for an early years environment where children can discuss the theme of Gardaí. Character Traits flash-cards can be added to the poster to encourage children to think about and identify the behaviours that they expect from a Garda Síochána. The “I use..” flash-cards help to introduce some new vocabulary; common equipment used by Gardaí and the blank cards can be used to scribe the roles and responsibilities that the children consider part of a Garda’s job.

The Garda Station resource pack is not available to buy but comes with each Garda Síochána costume. The pack is a digital resource and it will be emailed to you when your costume is dispatched so that you can use it over and over again. You can download it, save it and print it as and when you need. We do recommend using cardstock and laminating some of the room signs and posters that you will use regularly. Thanks to the wonderful Muireann Ní Bheaglaoich the pack is available in Irish, you can specify your language preference when purchasing your costume.

Make your own Garda Station

Our printable Garda Station pack includes lots of resources so that you can easily set up a Garda Station dramatic-play area of your own. In addition to the “I am a…” theme poster there is another large format poster, Welcome to the Garda Station that can be used to designate a specific role-play area as the Garda Station. The pdf includes A4 posters for the walls to designate different areas such as the Garda Interview Room or the Jail Cell. We have included plenty of mark-making and writing opportunities with Garda Incident Forms, and of course, all little Gardaí love handing out tickets so there are plenty of those! The personalisable Garda Name Badges can be filled in and attached to a lanyard so that everyone knows just who is in charge.

Detective Gardaí will love the set of printable Footprints and the Fingerprint cards and everyone can make their own Wanted Posters so that the real criminals can be tracked down.

Gardaí also focus on keeping the roads safe and making sure everyone sticks to the rules of the road. Our Road Safety Signs are a great way to set up a checkpoint and practice road safety as part of dramatic-play even on the days when little Gardaí can’t get outdoors and onto the busy streets.

What is included




The A4 posters included in the pack allow you to set up several of the different areas that you might find in a Garda station.

*Interview room
*Jail Cell
*Duty Sergeant
*Checkpoint notice



The set of common Irish road signs can be used as part of road safety awareness or to set up a streetscape indoors.

*Traffic lights & Stop sign
*Speed limits
*Junction ahead
*No Parking





There are lots of mark-making and writing opportunities

*Name Badges
*Colouring pages
*Incident forms
*Tickets



Little detectives can get to work and fight crime

*Footprints
*Fingerprint cards
*Licence plates
*Wanted posters



Props

We always recommend using real-life and authentic props whenever possible. In the case of the Gardaí, you might not want to go so far as real handcuffs but you can set up an area quite easily with a desk and chair for a workstation, an old computer monitor, a keyboard and some stationary. Folders and a clipboard would be going that bit further and if you can get hold of an old phone all the better. Everything you need in terms of forms, signs and posters are in the pdf pack.

Available As Gaeilge

“The Garda pack is a wonderful resource and currently one that isn’t available anywhere that I know off. Having them in Irish is a huge plus for me as my workload is gone. I don’t have to worry about translating and making the resources myself.
~Ciara M, Teacher. ”




Aistear

The Garda Station pdf, like all of our theme packs, includes a section which details the Aistear aims and goals which are addressed as part of An Garda Síochána dramatic-play. There is a section for observations, for documenting extensions and emerging interests and for recording the children’s review and feedback on the theme.


Garda Síochána colouring

For all the little Gardaí to enjoy why not download this Garda Síochána colouring page for free.


Download “I am a Garda...”


Download “Is-mise....”



If you have any queries about our printable resources or our costumes or if you would like to offer any feedback please email us at lucy@mermaidsanddragons.com


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