Transportation Theme Introduction:
As you are driving in the car, walking, or riding bikes, point out different vehicles to your child. Children are amazed by planes, trains, a school bus, the city bus, and the many other vehicles out and about in our own communities! See how many different kinds of vehicles you can find. On longer trips, write AIR, LAND, and WATER at the top of a piece of paper and then attach the paper to a clipboard. Have your child make a tally mark (or write the NAME or BEGINNING LETTER of the vehicles) under each of the 3 categories.
What am I Power Point? Transportation Clues PowerPoint
Children are shown one page of the Power Point at a time. Working together and looking at the picture clues, the children try to figure out what vehicle is going to be shown.
Drive Away Cars –Cars for Literacy and Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten
Laminate (clear contact paper works, too) the cars for durability and write a letter, number, or shape on each of the cars with a dry erase marker. Put 3 or 4 cars out in front of the children for them to look at. Next, have the children close their eyes and have one of the cars “drive away.” (Remove one). Have the children try to figure out which car is missing by guessing the letter that is no longer in the group.
Extension for very young children: On a sheet of paper, write down the 3 or 4 letters that are on the cars. Toddlers or younger children can point to the letter that is missing from the group.
The cars can be used in many different ways: 1) make 3 letter words by writing one letter on each of 3 cars. Have the children work to make a “traffic jam” by lining up 3 (or more) cars to make a word. 2) Write an uppercase letter on one car and have the children “drive” their cars around the house to find an item that begins with that letter. (can be done with numbers and have children find objects around the house (ex. write the number 3 – a child must then find 3 similar items in the house – as in 3 kitchen chairs.) 3) Write a numeral on a car and have the children find small objects outside (sticks, leaves, stones, etc.) to match the number on the car. 4) Draw a shape in the box and have the children find something in the house that matches that particular shape.
Engine Pattern Block – Transportation Unit for Preschool or Kindergarten Engine Template for Pattern Blocks
If you do not have access to pattern blocks at home, laminate the pages of the file and have the children (assist younger children with scissor skills) cut out the pattern block shapes to use.
For MORE Transportation Theme activities and ideas, see the Transportation Thematic Unit here on the blog!