Transportation Lesson Plans & Kids Vehicle Theme Idea
You can start your lesson plans for preschoolers like this, by talking about and educating kids first.
Transportation is everywhere in our society today and the world around us. It is responsible for the advancement of the entire world.
With our many modern methods of travel and transportation using various machines and vehicles, you can virtually travel anywhere. Transportation gets us supplies, food and other essentials so we can survive. It’s also essential for shipping these items around the world.
Toddlers and preschoolers are fascinated with machines and vehicles. Why not try teaching preschool children about the different types of travel available by using and building your own, simple transportation lesson plans or theme ideas.
Teach Preschoolers, Toddlers & Kindergarten Kids About Transportation:
You want to use basic, common vehicles that are familiar, interesting and easy to remember with this lesson plan.
Use transportation vehicles that are in your local community, or that they see in everyday life and find interesting. The children will be eager to learn about all the different machines, vehicles and equipment they see in the world around them and on TV.
Vehicle Ideas for Transportation Lesson Plans:
- Garbage truck/Recycling truck
- Dump truck
- Police car
- Fire truck
- Transport Trucks
How to Start Your Kids Transportation Theme:
Be sure to provide a variety of books about types of cars and trucks as well as magazines that show colorful pictures of different transportation vehicles in the class library area.
You want to have coloring pages on various means of transportation available for the preschool kids and toddlers to color and study.
Coloring Pages or printables with the names of the transportation vehicles are also great for them to become familiar with the names of the vehicle as shown.
It is a great idea to bring in some model or toy cars and trucks etc. that depict the mode of transportation you are discussing. Try to have toy cars and vehicles on the toy shelf and possibly a small play carpet that has a city or neighborhood on it with small roads and waterways. This will give the children an opportunity to use the toys and put them into action.
Activity Extension Activities:
Use masking tape* to map out some simple roadways for the children to use their toy trucks and cars on. You can do this by putting masking tape on a small area of flooring in the classroom or outside in a suitable area. Make the masking tape criss-cross to make intersections and roadways that turn.
If possible try to find small road accessories such as small trees and road signs (dollar store) to add this activity.
*Masking tape will not leave residue on low pile carpet. Always test in a small area and make sure you take it off at the end of the day.
If you are outside, sidewalk chalk is a great simple way to draw some roadways, bridges and waterways that can be cleaned up by spraying with a water hose or a few good rainfalls.
Talk About Different Vehicles & Transportation:
During circle time, discuss with the pre k children the different vehicle types and what they do.
Pick 1 or 2 vehicles a day and discuss them so as to not overwhelm the kids. During circle time you can read books on different modes of transportation that are age appropriate to the kids in your class.
Find real life, colorful pictures of vehicles from magazines, calendars etc. and be sure to have them posted on the walls around the school classroom so the children can see the different transportation vehicles.
Plan a field trip to a local community fire station and/or police station. You can simply call these places and request setting up a simple visit with your preschool class. The kids will get a tour and learn about everything that happens at the station and how they use the equipment etc.
Build a Car or Vehicle from a Box:
Try building a car or vehicle out of a cardboard box and use it as part of a dramatic play center area. The children could pretend to wash it and fix it. Place an empty bucket with some sponges, and some toy tools and watch the children have a blast washing and fixing it.
You could also make a fire truck from a cardboard box and place that in the dramatic play area for the next week along with a firefighter play activity etc. This is a great way to extend the subject of vehicles while keeping it interesting.
Real Life Car Wash:
You could set up a real life car wash on a nice warm day – You could use your car or one of the other staff members vehicles. We have done this before and it was so much fun!
Set the preschool children and toddlers up with some simple items so that they can wash it like a bucket with warm soapy water and some sponges. (the kids will get to see a car or truck up close and will have fun checking it out and exploring.)
*Obviously you would NEVER have the keys available to the children and always SUPERVISE the children.
Talk About Being Safe Around Vehicles:
This would be a good time to discuss safety when around certain vehicles and transportation.
It is important to always try and be creative when setting up your preschool themes.
Take the time to really pay attention to the children and who knows, you may get a new idea from observing them and listening to their conversations and discover what they like and do not like.
This is where some of the best educational ideas and lessons come from, watching and observing the kids.