Resources - Choking

Key Stage 3

Brown teddy bearFor this activity, you will
need a teddy bear. You should not practise this activity on other people as you could cause injury.

  1. Activity 1

    Hold your teddy bear at your chest hight and carry out the procedure as if they were choking. If you are unsure of what to do, refer back to the video, but you should cover the following points.

    • Ask them if they are choking.
    • Assuming your teddy does not reply, carry out up to 5 back blows.
    • We take it the object did not come out and provide up to 5 abdominal thrusts.
    • If the object had not moved, remember at this point we would call an ambulance.
    • Repeat the cycles until you the object comes out.

  2. Activity 2
    • Rewatch the video or review the information section. Make a note of the main points from the video.
    • Ask someone from the family to join you.
    • Take them through the main points of dealing with choking and demonstrate what you would do.
    • Ask them to demonstrate to you what you have just taught them.

Key Stage 2


For this activity, you will need a teddy bear. You should not practise this activity on other people as you could cause injury.

  1. Activity 1

    Watch the video on how to deal with choking with your child. Ask your child to make notes about the main points covered in the video. Ask your child to teach you what they learnt from watching the video.

    You should expect them to cover the following points:

    • Asking the casualty if they are choking to identify if it is mild or severe choking.
    • Assuming the teddy does not reply, carry out up to 5 back blows with the heel of the hand between the shoulder blades.
    • We will take it the object did not come out and provide up to 5 abdominal thrusts by placing a fist in the stomach of the casualty and our other hand over it.
    • If the object had not moved, remember at this point we would call an ambulance.
    • Repeat the cycles until you the object comes out.

  2. Activity 2

    At another point in the day, check what your child remembers about dealing with choking and see how they react when they not expecting a situation to occur.

    Approach your child with the teddy bear and inform them that the teddy is choking. Allow them to take the teddy bear from you and carry out the steps covered in the activity above.

    If they ask the teddy to cough, inform them that teddy cannot cough or speak.

Key Stage 1


For this activity, you will need a teddy bear. You should not practise this activity on other people as you could cause injury.

  1. Activity 1

    Think about the items that a child could choke on and why they are a risk.

    With your child have a discussion about these items, why they are risk and if there is anything we can do to avoid choking on them. You can use this opportunity of reinforcing not putting items in their mouth. The items may include:

    • Food (common risk to adults)
    • Grapes for children when not cut up into smaller pieces.
    • Plant leaves, petals, berries found outside. In some cases, these can also be poisonous.
    • Stones
    • Pen tops. Some pen tops have holes so we can still breathe if swallowed, but this a reason to use it as a whistle.
    • Lego pieces
    • Button batteries which can also be poisonous if swallowed
    • Jigsaw pieces
    • Screws, bolts, nuts
  2. Activity 1

    Take your child through the steps to deal with choking and ask them to demonstrate what to do on the teddy. Ensure that they understand you should not practise this on a person.

    You should see them demonstrate the following points:

    • Asking the casualty if they are choking to identify if it is mild or severe choking. At this point, you inform them that the teddy bear cannot cough or speak.
    • Assuming the teddy does not reply, carry out up to 5 back blows with the heel of the hand between the shoulder blades.
    • We will take it the object did not come out and provide up to 5 abdominal thrusts by placing a fist in the stomach of the casualty and our other hand over it.
    • If the object had not moved, remember at this point we would call an ambulance.
    • Repeat the cycles until you the object comes out.