This exciting gross-motor transportation game for preschoolers is a great way to work off some energy, learn about forms of transportation and just simply have a blast! Shiloh wanted to play for hours & I’m sure your kids will love it too! #PlayfulPreschool is doing the transportation theme this week, so be sure to check out all the other great activities at the bottom of this post!

Materials needed for the gross-motor transportation activity for preschoolers:


and your imagination

– Life Over C's outdoor play for preschoolers

This is an absolutely no-prep activity. In fact, we were outside flying paper airplanes and it just sort of happened!

We had a really nice day, so we played outside, but you could very easily do this activity inside to on a rainy or cold day when the kids are getting antsy and need something to get them moving.

Some of Shiloh’s new words recently are plane, truck, and train. She loves pointing up to the sky and shouting every time she sees a plane or jumping around excitedly when she hears a train in the distance. Some of the places we’ve stayed over the past few months have been right beside railroad tracks and each time she heard the train, she would run to the window to watch it go past.

We played this game a bit like follow the leader and Simon Says mixed together. You could very easily use either format to change up the game a little bit or make it more doable with a large group of preschoolers.

Either I or my oldest daughter, who was playing with us, would call out a form of transportation and demonstrate it and Shiloh followed along with her version.

We did a truck, complete with a big horn (low-voice BEEP!) and rumbling while we pretended to drive and run around the lawn.

Then we did an airplane with our arms outstretched.

Next we did a boat. We got a bit creative for this one and put our hands together in front of us and bobbed up & down while walking to demonstrate the boat bouncing on the waves of the ocean.

– Life Over C's preschooler playing outside

And Shiloh’s favorite, the train. Chug-a-chug-a-chug-a Choo-Choo!! We moved our hands back and forth in mini-circles at our sides and then reached up to pull the whistle.

– Life Over C's Pretending to be a train

I’m totally serious when I say that she wanted to play for hours! Even after I had stopped playing she would walk up to me, tug my arm and say “Twain, Twain” and pull me into playing with her again!

I hope that your kids enjoy this just as much as we did!

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– Life Over C's transportation theme gross motor brain break game
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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. I’m a fan of games that require no prep. I love that she just got all into the game and it continued for hours those are my kind of games.

  2. That looks like a lot of fun. I know our kids would love the train motions. They do that running around indoors and out naturally. : 0 )

  3. We used to play racecars outside with the grade school children after school. They just ran in circles for a good 30 minutes and thought it was so much fun!

  4. What a lovely game. I love the sort that you can just go out and do with no prep. We’ll be playing this later in the week.