The Garda Station

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 at home or in the classroom.

Our large format “I am a….”poster is designed to introduce the vocabulary around the theme of An Garda Síochána 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 free to download for our Imagination in Action email newsletter subscribers. The pack is a digital resource and it will be emailed to you when you sign up. You can download it, save it and print it as and when you need. Once you have signed up you will receive an email with the English and Irish language pdf resources, if you do not receive an email please check your spam/junk mail. To make sure you receive information about future free resources please add us to your contacts list in your email.

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

Little detectives can get to work and fight crime

*Fingerprint cards
*Licence plates
*Wanted posters

Props for dramatic-play

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.

What customers say..

“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. ”

Large format Garda Station poster

This poster makes the perfect addition to a Garda Station dramatic-play area. It is a large format poster and measures 120cm x120cm You can download this large format poster using the button below.

It can be printed on any size paper and taped together. This size requires approx 30 x A4 pages to print it at home.

Download “Large format Garda Station Poster”

Themed colouring sheets

This collection of Garda Síochána colouring pages offer a mindful activity for all those junior Gardaí after a busy day on duty

Download “Garda colouring book”