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Quills Up – Stay Away! An educational program for pre-school kids
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.
Click on the links below to access the Quills Up! program materials online*. If you have
questions about poison prevention or need local poison prevention materials, such as the phone stickers
mentioned in this program, call 1-800-222-1222.
Teacher’s Guide: Includes poison prevention information, classroom activities, and song lyrics.
Spike Paper Puppet (color): Reproducible images to be cut and glued to a stick/tongue depressor for use by the teacher.
Spike Paper Puppet (black & white): Reproducible images to be cut and glued to a stick/tongue depressor for use by students and teacher.
Family Take-home (color): Information about poison prevention and treating a poisoning.
Family Take-home (black & white): Information about poison prevention and treating a poisoning.
The Quills Up!
materials are copyrighted by the American Association of Poison Control Centers
and may be used, without edits/modifications, for poison prevention education.
This program was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number U50/CCU317503-03 from the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the
official views of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention