Transportation is everywhere. It is responsible for the advancement of the entire world. With all the methods of travel and transportation today you can virtually travel anywhere. Kids are fascinated with machines and vehicles. Why not try teaching preschool children about the different types of travel available by using and building upon a transportation theme?
You want to use basic, common vehicles that are familiar, interesting and easy to remember with this lesson plan for kids. Use transportation vehicles that kids are aware of 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.
- Garbage truck/Recycling truck
- Dump truck
- Police car
- Fire truck
-Have books and magzines on transportation in the library
-Have coloring pages on various means of transportation available for kids to color
-Have toy cars on the toy shelf and if possible a mini area carpet that has a city or neighborhood on it
-Talk about the vehicles and what they do at circle time, read books on vehicles and transportation that are age appropriate to preschoolers and young kids.
-Have real life pictures of vehicles posted around the classroom so kids can relate
-Have a field trip to a community fire station or police station
-Make a cardboard box car and have it in the dramatic play centre
-Make a cardboard box fire truck and have that in the dramatic play centre the next week
-Have a car wash - ask a member of the staff to lend their car so the children can wash it (they will get to see a car up-close and explore it)
Be creative, really pay attention to the children and who knows, you may get a new idea from observing them.