The Best Activity Ideas for a Preschool Transportation Theme

by | Jan 14, 2024

Hey there, preschool teachers and homeschool parents! Are you looking for fun and educational transportation-themed activities to engage your little ones?

Whether your preschooler is fascinated with cars, planes, trains, or anything that goes “vroom,” we have compiled a list of exciting transportation-themed ideas that will not only entertain but also stimulate their growing minds.

So, buckle up and get ready to explore the world of transportation with your curious little explorers!

Activity Ideas for the Transportation Theme

From hands-on crafts to interactive games, these activities will not only entertain but also educate your little adventurers. Your students will have a thrilling ride filled with imaginative play, educational experiences, and plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning.

1. Puzzles

Complete an alphabet road puzzle.

Complete transportation puzzles.

2. Drawing and Creativity

Work together to create a transportation mural.

Trace transportation stencils and add more detail.

Draw a picture of your favorite type of transportation.

Use a paper plate to create a hot air balloon with paint sticks, crayons, markers, and more.

Use toy cars with paint to make colorful tire tracks on paper.

Use tissue paper and glue to make a traffic light.

3. Making Patterns

Complete a transportation pattern activity.

4. Sensory Activities

Float boats in a water sensory bin.

Use transportation cookie cutters to cut and create shapes in Play Doh.

Finger paint a train.

5. Matching Activities

Matching cars to their parking spot by matching numbers of the parking space to the car.

Transportation matching or memory game.

6. Building

Use trains, cars, people, and blocks to create different types of transportation to travel.

Use pattern shape blocks to make different types of transportation.

Create small garages out of blocks for Matchbox cars to drive into.

7. Pretend Play

Pretend to pack your bags, jump on a cruise ship or plane, and head to some place warm and sunny.

8. Read Books

Read different stories and books about transportation. I recommend the ones below:

“I Knew You Could”

“Curious You On Your Way” by Kathleen Zoehfeld

“Altoona Baboona” by Janie Bynum

“Froggy Rides a Bike” by Jonathon London

I Love Trains” by Philemon Sturges

“The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper

“Going on a Plane” by Mavis Camellia

“Maxi the Little Taxi” by Elizabeth Upton

“Go, Go, Cars” by Jennifer Liberts

“Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems

“Clifford Takes a Trip” by Norman Bridwell

Busy Busy Cars and Trucks” by Richard Scarry

9. Discussion

Discuss what transportation is: how we get from one place to another.

Talk about different types of transportation and what they are.

Talk about transportation that’s only on the water and their experiences with them. Have they ever been on transportation on the water? Did they like it? Did they get sea sick? Were they afraid? Were they excited? Which other modes of water transportation would they like to try?

Talk about transportation that’s only in the air and their experiences with them. Have they ever been on transportation in the air? Did they like it? Did they get sick? Were they afraid? Were they excited? Which other modes of air transportation would they like to try?

Talk about trains – the characteristics of a train, how they move, and our experiences with trains.

Involve the children in discussions about transportation safety and why it’s important to follow traffic rules.

10. Mystery Bag

Hide a small item related to transportation in a mystery box or bag. Have the student try to identify it based on feeling it with his or her hands. Give them clues if needed. Then they can trace and write the word.

11. Writing

Trace and/or write transportation words from word strips or a word wall.

Trace and write a transportation word and then draw that picture in your journal.

12. Play Games

Play “Ride” BINGO.

Drive cars into a paper tunnel and see how many cars can fit in the tunnel at the same time.

13. Fine Motor Activities

Lace transportation cards.

Incorporating transportation activities into your preschool curriculum can be a fun and engaging way to educate young minds. From sensory experiences to hands-on crafts, there are endless possibilities for learning about different modes of transportation.

Remember to also keep safety in mind and involve the children in discussions about why it’s important to follow traffic rules. Whether you choose a simple matching game or a more elaborate project like creating a mini city with cardboard boxes, these transportation activities will not only teach children about the world around them but also foster their creativity and critical thinking skills.

So go ahead and give these ideas a try! And don’t forget to share your own ideas and experiences in the comments below – let’s continue to inspire each other as fellow educators.

Let’s make learning about transportation an adventure for our little learners. Happy teaching!