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Transportation Preschool Unit

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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!

Preschool transportation theme.
Preschool transportation theme.

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!

Pretend Play airport for transportation preschool unit.
Pretend Play airport for transportation preschool unit.

You can find more transportation ideas on my 'Things That Go' board on Pinterest.

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Transportation Preschool Thematic Unit
Transportation Preschool Thematic Unit
Pretend Play Props Airport
Pretend Play Props Airport

Color Science Tubes

Preschool colors
Preschool colors

These color science tubes are perfect for a science center in a classroom.  They are easy to make and very inviting to children!  When you tilt the tube, you can see the colored water beads.  But, when you keep the tubes upright, it appears that there is just water in the tube.  So cool!

Science Center Preschool
Science Center Preschool

To make these cool color tubes you will need the following:

-Tubes (I love these from Learning Resources)

-Clear water beads

-Water

-Food coloring

-Hot glue hot or other glue to keep lids on

Start by filling each tube with clear water beads.  Then, add water until all the beads are covered.  Add the color of your choice with food coloring.  Place the lid on and shake.  Add extra color or consider removing extra beads if the tube is too full.  Glue the lids on to keep the mess in check!

Easy right?  What do you like to include in your science center?

Lunch Sack Kite

The grass is greener, the flowers are beginning to bloom and kids can be heard playing outside.  It's spring and with spring comes wind.  So, instead of wishing the wind away, we made lunch sack kites to fly in the wind!  These kites were perfect for my 2 and 3 year olds.  Plus I had all the materials on hand!

paper bag kite
paper bag kite

Materials Needed:

-Brown paper sack

-Crayons/Marker/Stickers to decorate the bag

-String/Yarn

-Craft Stick (also known as a popsicle stick)

-Streamers (optional)

bag kite
bag kite

To create your paper bag kite, just follow these easy steps!

1. Decorate both sides of the brown paper sack.  My kiddos used markers and stickers.  If you have enough drying time, I think glitter glue would look cool in the sunlight!  Add streamers with tape to the opening of the bag (optional, but fun!).

2. Cut a small hole in the middle of the bottom of the bag.

3. Tie the string or yarn to a craft stick.  Put the string through the hole in the bottom of the bag, from the inside.  The craft stick should be inside the bag, stabalizing the string.

4.  Let it fly!  Hold onto the string and run!  We even tied our onto the swingset to watch them fly.

Have you ever made a kite with your kids?  How did it turn out?