Things that go are always a love of children. Watching a train go by on the tracks, floating a toy boat in the bathtub or honking a car horn are magnets for small kids! I think that is why the transportation unit in my preschool classroom is always a hit!
Painted Car Prints: We took a large piece of bulletin board paper and taped it to the table. I stood on the opposite end on the paper, holding it with my foot to create a ramp. Children took the toy car, got paint on the car wheels and sent it down the ramp. We experimented with what would happen when we changed the angle of the ramp.
Transportation Seriation: Children placed the transportation cards in order from largest to smallest. Seriation is an important skill for children to learn, it is a higher order thinking skill. Ordering by size is also a kill that is related to placing numbers in order.
Parking Lot Game: Recognizing numbers has never been more fun! I would call out a number and my students would take a transportation counter and place it on the correct numeral. This game was a big hit!
During our transportation unit, we also had fun playing in the pretend airport. I loved hearing my kiddos talk about the places they were going to. I also loved when they were writing airline tickets at the ticket counter! Our Airport has a baggage claim and also a pilot’s dashboard- see the pictures below!
You can find more transportation ideas on my ‘Things That Go’ board on Pinterest.
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