Transportation is everywhere in our society and the world around us. It is responsible for the advancement of the entire world. With all the methods of travel and transportation today you can virtually travel anywhere. Transportation gets us supplies, food and other essential items so we can survive and is essential for shipping these items around the world.
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 lesson plan or 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
Be sure to have 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 to color and study. Pages with the names of the vehicles are also great for them to become familair 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 carpet area that has a city or neighborhood on it with small roads and waterways. This will give the children an opportunity to use the toys on the carpet area.
Activity Extention Idea:
You could simply use masking tape on a small area of flooring in the classroom or outside in a suitable area. Use the masking tape to draw out some simple roadways for the children to use their toys trucks and cars etc.
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.
You can discuss with the children the different vehicle types and what they do at circle time.
You could pick 1 or 2 vehicles a day and discuss these 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 old magazines, old 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 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 usually and learn about everything that happens there and how to use the equipment etc.
You could build a car or vehicle out of a cardboard box and use it as part of a dramatic play centre area. The children could pretend to wash it and fix 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.
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.
Set the children up with some simple items so that they can wash it (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.
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.