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Teaching Children

Spike:  Quills Up - Stay Away!

Young children are at greatest risk for unintentional poisonings - and that's why we've created the Quills Up - Stay Away! A Poison Awareness Program featuring Spike, the porcupine puppet. The program, designed for preschool children, makes it easy and fun to teach this important topic. 

Quills Up! Includes a video and classroom activities as well as educational materials for parents/caregivers - because getting parents and other adults involved is critical to poison prevention:
Spike's Poison Prevention Adventure video is an engaging 11 minute puppet show teaching key points of:
  •  If you think it might be poison STAY AWAY !
  • Poison: Don't touch it, Don't taste it, Don't smell it!
  • If you don't know what it is, STAY AWAY and ask a grown up.
View the "Quills Up - Stay Away" video below:


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