Preschoolers love vehicles on land and air! It’s magic for them to see helicopters booming overhead, or maybe a big ship in the harbor. Since it’s natural for them to be engaged, a transportation them in preschool makes perfect sense. Why not use that to help them practice important developmental skills. I have other transportation theme activities, so I created the Transportation Theme Free Printables to Build Matching Skills to go with. Just like the counting to 10 set and the pattern set, I made the pack of transportation theme preschool matching activities for my three-year-old who has a language delay. Add any of these activities into your lesson plans for fun activities for any preschooler!

– Life Over C's transportation matching and sorting activities for preschool transportation theme

Recommended Grade Level:

Transportation Matching Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Paper Cutter
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Pom poms/gems/small objects
  • Clothespins
  • Paper Fastener/Paperclip (spinner)
  • Marker/Crayon

Matching, Graphing, and Sorting Preschool Activities



These preschool transportation activities are designed to work on a few important skills: visual discrimination, memory, and organizing data.

Whether you are focusing on all modes or just water transportation activities for preschool or land and air transportation activities for preschool, these activities give you a wealth of pictures and vocabulary.

The transportation sorting activity focuses on classifying objects. Have your kids put the proper vehicles in the place that they would be used: on the land, in the water, or in the air. This is another great opportunity to talk about location words such as ‘in’ and ‘on’ as well as the different locations themselves.

The matching clip cards feature adorable pictures of air transport like hot air balloons and airplanes, water transportation like boats and sailboats, and finally cars, trucks, bikes and more.

To build fine motor muscles, I used teeny tiny clothespins. You can use any size clothespin, or even just a paper clip. We’ve also used different themed clothes pins for other activities just to get the interest up.

Any activity can be extended, or the learning can go deeper, just by posing thoughtful questions before/during/after the craft, activity, or game:

  • Have you ever been on a train/plane/boat?
  • How else can you move on the water/land/air?
  • Do you know any brands of cars/trucks?
  • What kind of car/truck to your parents have?
– Life Over C's classifying transportation vehicles

What Can Children Learn From Math Transportation Activities for Preschool?



I’ve included several activities in the transportation preschool theme pack:

  • Transportation Spin & Cover (plus Spin & Graph activity for preschoolers that are ready)
  • Transportation Sorting Activity
  • Clip Cards
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Memory Match
– Life Over C's transportation spin & graph activity

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Transportation?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about all the different modes of transportation help them understand the world a little bit better.

Build Vocabulary: These transportation activities are rich with new vocabulary! Kids will see the pictures and learn the names to stick in their brains for future learning.

Sorting & Classifying: Being able to sort and classify objects is an important exercise for young brains. Sorting by color or other characteristics helps kids recognize patterns and build organizational skills.

Oral Language: Every good preschool activity, from dramatic play to a math game is an opportunity to pique interest enough to foster meaningful conversations.

Make Connections: Learning different modes of transportation, from air to sea, helps kids make deeper connections among them and relate it to themselves.

How To Make The Transportation Activities

Spin & Cover/Graph:

Print the game and laminate if desired. Create a spinner by attaching a paperclip to a fastener and then pushing it through the paper. You can also use a pencil tip to spin the paperclip.

To Play: Spin the spinner and place a pom pom or other object on the correct picture. Play until all pictures are covered.

– Life Over C's This fun Spin & Cover game is part of a free transportation themed printable pack with 5 great activities for matching.

Differentiate: For higher level students, I included a spin & graph activity that you can use over and over if you laminate it or slip it into a protective sleeve and use it with a dry-erase marker.

Transportation Sorting:

Print the sorting mats and cards. Cut the cards apart.

To Play: Pick a card and identify the vehicle. Then, place it on the appropriate category.

Transportation Clip Cards:

Print the cards and laminate if desired. Cut the cards apart and place a bin of clothespins nearby.

To Play: Choose a card and identify the vehicle. Place a clothespin on the matching picture.

– Life Over C's Work on matching and fine-motor skills with these adorable transportation themed clip cards.

Transportation Tic-Tac-Toe:

Print the game board and tic-tac-toe pieces. Laminate if desired. Cut out the hot air balloons and blimps.

To Play: This game is played just like the classic version of tic-tac-toe. Take turns placing a picture on the grid to try to get three in a row.

– Life Over C's Play a fun game of Tic-Tac-Toe during your transportation theme.

More Transportation Activities for Kids

Scavenger Hunt

Use the memory match cards for a fun scavenger hunt. Hide them around the room and students can sort them into categories as they find them.


Explore graphing a bit more by looking at the bar graph data and then giving examples of line graphs.

Dramatic Play

Provide different props for kids to play with at the dramatic play center. Let them zoom trains, pretend to fly an airplane, or run through the car wash.

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– Life Over C's transportation matching and sorting activities for preschool transportation theme
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
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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