Do you have a kid who loves cars? These transportation theme preschool activities will be a sure hit! My daughter loves everything that moves, so she had a blast with these four preschool transportation theme activities that use stickers. She loves peeling the backing and sticking them in place. (Which is also a great way to build fine motor muscles.) I have also included some great preschool transportation theme printables at the end of the post for even more fun and learning!

transportation sticker math activities for preschool

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Transportation Sticker Activities Supplies:

  • Transportation Sticker Set
  • Construction Paper/Card Stock
  • Paper Cutter
  • Marker/Ruler
  • Egg Carton
  • Cube Block/Large Die

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We bought one big pack of transportation stickers and used them for all of these activities with lots left of to craft and play with. And if the kids don’t peel the backing you can use the stickers and activities more than once.

Transportation Math Activities For Preschool

MODES OF TRANSPORTATION IN PRESCHOOL

A TRANSPORTATION THEME IN PRESCHOOL CAPITALIZES ON A LOT OF KIDS’ INTERESTS AND FURTHER DEVELOPS BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE.

Playing with toy cars is a natural part of childhood dramatic play. While toy vehicles are fun to zoom around, they’re also a great opportunity for teachers to sneak some content learning into preschool lesson plans.

These fun transportation theme ideas are really just math activities in disguise! Your child will love rolling and graphing, sorting, and matching the cute vehicle stickers. Who knows, you could even make an art activity out of it!

Once you get a set of transportation stickers, the other materials required for sticker play are probably already around the house, like paper and markers.

You could also use the sticker activities as a springboard to science activities, like making your own shoebox vehicles or parachutes out of plastic bags and toilet paper roll people.

In addition to sparking arts and crafts ideas for a transportation theme, these activities can promote thought and conversation:

  • Have you been in a taxi?
  • Would you ride in a helicopter?
  • Do you like cars/trucks better? Why?
  • How did you get to school today?
Low-prep transportation theme preschool activities! One pack of stickers=4 activities! Graphing, memory, sorting, language development and more! Plus, some great printables for a transportation theme.

What Can Kids Learn From A Preschool Transportation Theme?

TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOL

LEARNING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION IS A GREAT TIME TO INTRODUCE NEW VOCABULARY THAT SOMETIMES TRANSFERS TO OTHER TOPICS.

You can use transportation-related vocabulary to increase children’s background knowledge:

  • Traffic Lights
  • Car/Truck
  • Train/Bus
  • Airplane/Helicopter/Jet
  • Bike/Motorcycle
  • Ship/Sailboat/Submarine
Low-prep transportation theme preschool activities! One pack of stickers=4 activities! Graphing, memory, sorting, language development and more! Plus, some great printables for a transportation theme.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Transportation?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about transportation helps them understand the world a little bit better.

Background Knowledge

Learning about transportation builds general background knowledge for kids to draw from. They can apply the knowledge to a wide range of concepts as they learn and grow.

Improves Vocabulary

When children first notice different types of transportation, they might refer to all of them as cars or trucks. Learning about different types and naming them is fun and makes kids proud.

Compare and Contrast

Comparing and contrasting skills are super important and will be utilized in math and reading. Why not begin to sharpen those skills with modes of transportation?

Fine Motor Development

Playing with different vehicles is a great way to promote fine motor development. Kids will love zooming, rolling, crashing, shoving, pushing and pulling!

Transportation Theme Preschool Activities

Sorting Stickers

We use a brand of eggs that comes in clear plastic cartons, so I put one small sticker inside each section of the carton and trimmed off the extra sections.

Then, give your child a tray/paper plate full of stickers and let them sort. I recommend sorting first, so the stickers are sorted for the next activity.

Low-prep transportation theme preschool activities! One pack of stickers=4 activities! Graphing, memory, sorting, language development and more! Plus, some great printables for a transportation theme.

Transportation Sticker Graphing

I put one small sticker on each side of a small square block to use as a die. Then I divided a piece of paper into 6 columns and put coordinating stickers at the bottom of the page to create the graph.

To play, the child rolls the die and adds a sticker to the correct column on the graph.

Low-prep transportation theme preschool activities! One pack of stickers=4 activities! Graphing, memory, sorting, language development and more! Plus, some great printables for a transportation theme.

Sorting Big/Small Stickers

For this activity, I drew a line down the middle of the page and wrote Big/Small. Then I added a sticker to match for a visual representation of the words.

The child should select stickers from a tray/sensory bin and place them on the correct side. If their are too many options confusing the child, limit the sort to two types of transportation.

Low-prep transportation theme preschool activities! One pack of stickers=4 activities! Graphing, memory, sorting, language development and more! Plus, some great printables for a transportation theme.

Transportation Sticker Memory Game

I divided the page into 12 sections and placed 6 pairs of stickers in the boxes. Then, I cut the sections apart to create the memory cards.

How to play: With the cards face-down in a rectangle, the first player will turn over two cards. If they match, the child keeps the cards and tries for another match. If they don’t match, it is the next players turn. Play is finished when all the matches have been found. Winner has the most matches.

Limit the amount of cards for young learners by using 2-3 pairs to start and increasing the number of pairs as their skills improve.

Low-prep transportation theme preschool activities! One pack of stickers=4 activities! Graphing, memory, sorting, language development and more! Plus, some great printables for a transportation theme.
Low-prep transportation theme preschool activities! One pack of stickers=4 activities! Graphing, memory, sorting, language development and more! Plus, some great printables for a transportation theme.

Counting

This Transportation Counting to 10 activity gives hands-on, fun, transportation themed counting practice!

Matching

Try a Transportation Matching game to help your child work on those important visual discrimination skills.

Patterns

Working on Transportation Patterns will surely entice your child while practicing an important skill.

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:

Plus, you will want to check out these great sticker activities:

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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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8 Comments

  1. Where did you get the Big/Small stickers? I see that people have sent you comments as to where you bought your stickers and you have not replied. Why?

  2. What a beautiful post! My kids loved this idea of creating a theme on transportation. This activity is easy to do, because they watch and use these facilities every day, and this article tips have made it look so easy.

  3. Such great ideas! My youngest 2 boys love anything Transportation themed, we will have to give these a try. I love that they are pretty easy to make! Have a blessed week!!

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