Our transportation theme activities have been a hit this month on our preschool shelves. Each of the kids have a space for their activities and this month, Shiloh, has had a fun set for learning about forms of transportation. Today, we added a new game to the set! These DIY Transportation Dominoes for matching are perfect for preschoolers who are learning to match. My preschooler loved helping me create them!
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The first step is to cut the card stock into domino shapes. I cut the pieces in half the long way and then I cut strips that were 2″ wide with a 1″ strip left over.
Shiloh used the 1″ strips to practice sticking flower stickers while I worked on the dominoes. It was a great way to keep her occupied and working on her fine motor skills.
I recommend drawing the center line for the dominoes before you cut the 2″ strips. It will be much more efficient that way. (Says the person who didn’t think of that and had to draw lines on each individual piece…)
Then, I put the transportation stickers on the dominoes. I lined them up so that I could keep track of which pairs I had already created.
Since we have already used this set of stickers for several activities we are starting to get to the end of a few pieces. I just paired them up until I couldn’t make anymore full sets. We didn’t have enough to do the race cars and the helicopters, but if you have more of the stickers you could definitely include those.
You could play these like a traditional game of dominoes, but we were just focusing on making matches. If you play with them on the floor you can make quite the trail of dominoes!
These are compact and lightweight, so they fit perfectly into a quart-size plastic bag for storage. Then the kids can pull the out for quiet time.
Here are four more transportation activities that we created with this one set of stickers.
Planning for a Transportation Theme? We’ve done all the work for you!
We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your TRANSPORTATION THEME. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below:
Our Favorite Transportation Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Indestructibles: Things That Go!: Chew Proof · Rip Proof · Nontoxic · 100% Washable (Book for Babies, Newborn Books, Vehicle Books, Safe to Chew)Pete the Cat: Go, Pete, Go!If I Built a Car (If I Built Series)Little Blue Truck Book SetThe Little Blue Digger: A Fun & Bright Construction Site Story (Truck Tales with a Heart)The Construction Alphabet BookTrains Then and Now (Smithsonian Kids First Discovery Books)Pete the Cat’s Family Road Trip (I Can Read Level 1)Lift-the-Flap Tab: On the Go (Lift-the-Flap Tab Books)The Circus ShipDown to the Sea with Mr. Magee: (Kids Book Series, Early Reader Books, Best Selling Kids Books)
The #ToolsforLearning team has come up with some great ideas for learning with dominoes! Check them out below:
Robot Domino Math Game from Learning 2 Walk
Domino Addition Game from The Kindergarten Connection
DIY Alphabet Dominoes from Adventures of Adam
Name Recognition with Dominoes from Line Upon Line Learning
Dominoes Sensory Bin from Something 2 Offer