Delving into a transportation topic in preschool is a natural place to go! Children already have so much life experience riding in cars, on buses, and maybe even trains or planes. They see construction trucks working, helicopters hovering, and ambulances zooming by. Your students will love these awesome, hands-on activities that cover a ton of curricular ground in one amazing preschool theme!

Learning Activities About Transportation:

TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL
A TRANSPORTATION THEME IN PRESCHOOL IS PACKED WITH VALUABLE VOCABULARY, BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE, MATH, SCIENCE, READING, AND MORE!

Learning about transportation, in general, helps preschoolers expand their world views. Children are curious about the world around them, so exploring common topics like transportation and vehicles helps them categorize and make meaning.

Any time of the year is appropriate to add a transportation theme to your preschool lesson plans! However, I like to do it in early spring, just to add some excitement during a season that can be long and dreary.

This unit includes 24 transportation lessons for preschool! You can pick and choose from a variety of hands-on learning opportunities:

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • Art
  • Social Studies
  • Fine Motor
  • Sensory
  • Gross Motor
  • Circle Time
  • Social/emotional

Each and every preschool transportation activity can easily be adapted to the needs of your students and your classroom!

Consider some “big” questions to pose throughout the transportation theme idea for preschoolers:

  • What kinds of transportation do I use? Why?
  • How are the various types of transportation different? Similar?
  • Who operates the vehicles in my community?
  • How do we stay safe when using transportation?

What Can Preschoolers Learn About Transportation?

TRANSPORTATION WORKSHEETS AND CRAFTS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
YOU CAN SQUEEZE A TON OF LEARNING INTO A TRANSPORTATION THEME! STUDENTS CAN EXPLORE LETTERS, NUMBERS AND COUNTING, SHAPES, EMOTIONS, AND MORE!

The 24 activities included in the preschool lesson plans on transportation are for kindergarten too! Here are a few highlights:

  • Preschool transportation craft ideas (build a shape city!)
  • Sensory play (make letters with play dough and toy cars!)
  • Categorize (sort vehicles based on where they travel!)
  • Learn colors (find the duck hiding behind each colored truck!)

The transportation activities included in these lesson printables for preschool cover a variety of curriculum.

– Life Over C's The transportation ABC bus activity from the Transportation Lesson Plans for Preschool.

Recycled Crafts

Transportation crafts for kids need not be fancy! What about creating egg carton or paper plate car crafts, or using craft sticks for train tracks and train crafts?

Dramatic Play

Role-playing helps children develop creativity and more. Pretending to be a train conductor, bus drive, or airplane pilot is a great way to explore transportation.

Science

Vehicles are fascinating machines. Preschoolers will love exploring wheels, speed, and distance with toy vehicles of all types.

Math

Whether your students are counting cars, graphing their colors, or weighing toy vehicles, their math understandings will continue to develop.

Literacy

There are hundreds of wonderful books with a transportation theme! Your students will love hearing stories, like, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” by Mo Willems.

Motor Skills

Whether washing cars with toothbrushes to work on fine motor skills, or jumping along a chalk train track for gross motor skills, there are plenty of opportunities to develop muscles in a transportation theme.

How To Use The Transportation Lesson Plans for Preschool

EXPLORING TRANSPORTATION WITH PRESCHOOLERS
PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH ACTIVITIES WORK FOR YOU WITHIN THIS COMPREHENSIVE PACKET OF TRANSPORTATION LESSONS.

All you need to do is print the lesson plans.

Decide which plans you would like to use. Then, gather the necessary listed supplies and you’re good to go.

Your students will gain knowledge and skills across the curriculum with the transportation lessons.

– Life Over C's The vehicle sounds activity from the Transportation Lesson Plans for Preschool.

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– Life Over C's Easy Transportation Activity Plans

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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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