Welcome to my Transportation Lesson Planning Page!!
I've Scoured the Web to find inspiration so you don't have to!
On this page you will find ideas to complete your Transportation Lesson Plan.
I've included ideas that support cognitive, social, and physical development all while exploring various modes of tranportation. You will also find ideas for books and materials to add to your learning environment this week including fun ways to use activities from my Transportation Activity Pack and a FREE sample Lesson Plan to get you started!
Free Sample Lesson Plan
You can find descriptions of these activities in the corresponding category in this blog.
Activities with an asterisk can be found in my Transportation Preschool Activities Pack.
This sample lesson plan can be downloaded for free in my store here
Transportation Activity Pack
This 60 page printable activity pack contains the following Transportation themed activities:
Sailboat Shape Clip Cards
What’s your sign?
Tire Shape Clip Puzzles
Sail away matching shape game
Cars & Keys Color Cards
Transportation Cutting Practice
Letters in the sky uppercase & lowercase file folder game
Transportation Count and Clip Cards
Airport Runway Mats
Shadow Match Puzzle
It’s a race cooperative game
Tire Counting Mats 1-10 with Frames
Air, Land and Sea sorting mat
Sailboat Size sort
Does it have wheels sorting mat?
Transportation Pattern Block Mats
Label the parts of a car
Transportation Word Wall Cards
What color car do you have survey?
Cover, TOS, Directions and Graphics Credit
Transportation Preschool Sample Lesson Plan
Print your free copy of this Preschool Transportation Sample lesson plan!
Find links to these resource and other themes inside my free lesson planning library!
Outer Space Activity Pack
This 56-Printable activity pack includes the following activities:
Space Shuttle Shape Clip Cards
Blast off color matching activity
Outer Space Cutting Practice
Starry night uppercase & lowercase file folder game
Outer Space Count and Clip Cards
Outer Space Puzzles
Counting Stars Mats 1-10 with Frames & Counters
Night Sky Counting Mats 1-10
Blast off counting mats 1-20
Outer Space Gross Motor Activity Cards
Outer Space sorting mat
Astronaut and spaceship shapes file folder game
I Spy Outer Space
Outer Space Positional Mat
Label the parts of the space shuttle
Outer Space 3-part cards
Outer Space Word Wall Cards
Cover, Directions, TOS, and Graphics Credit
Transportation Activities from Pre-K Printable Fun
Ideas By Learning Domain
- Add Transportation Stamps, Pre-made Paper Airplanes, and Stickers (for Decorating) to your Free Art Space.
- Paint with vehicles! This is a great one to do outside. Put a large piece of paper or poster board on a ramp (piece of wood, slide, box, however you want to make it), then provide shallow containers with washable tempera paint. Invite children to dip the wheels of the vehicles in the paint and then roll down the ramp.
- Process Art: Paint with Boats from Pre-K Printable Fun. Simply add a glob of blue paint to the paper and allow the children to "Sail" their plastic boats in the paint.
- 3D Art: Provide a variety of recyclables for preschoolers to create a vehicle of their choosing. Collect recyclables such as paper towel tubes, pouch food tops, plastic food containers, yogurt cups, cardboard boxes, milk rings, milk caps, milk cartons, straws, and egg cartons. Provide glue and tape for assembling the projects.
- Create a vehicle: Provide each student with a medium-large box (something they can sit inside of). Provide markers, paper plates (or circle cut outs for wheels and steering wheel) and glue. Invite students to decorate their box any way they choose. When complete students can pretend to drive their vehicle.
- Which vehicle will go the farthest? Set up a ramp indoors or out. Provide a vehicles in a variety of shapes and sizes. Provide poster board, chalkboard, or clipboard and paper for recording predictions and results. Students will select two vehicles to roll down the ramp at the same time. Before they release the vehicles ask students to predict which vehicle will go the furthest, record their responses. After the vehicles are released provide chalk (if outdoors) or masking tape (if indoors) for students to mark where the vehicle landed. Record the results. Next, two more children will select vehicles and make predictions. When done invite children to discuss the results. Which vehicle went the furthest? Why?
- Invite students to build ramps with any materials they would like in the classroom. Offer a planning stage where students can discuss or draw their ramps in advance. During the building and testing stages ask open-ended questions about their designs and results. "Did your design work?" "What can you do differently?" "What happened when you placed your car at the top?" "What other design can you make?" "Can you design a ramp that will make your car go slower/faster?"
- Read books about community workers that have interesting vehicles.
- Invite members of your community to your program to show off and talk about their vehicles! Some ideas: Fire department, trash collectors, police officers, construction. Does a parent have an interesting vehicle they can come and show off? Motorcycle, big truck, electric car, or ATV?
A Carwash, Car Repair Shop, Drive In movie or even an Airport!
- Many children will be traveling this summer. Allow children to become familiar with the airport and ease some of their fears by transforming your Dramatic Play Area into an Airport. You can do this by adding suitcases, backpacks, maps, airplane personnel dress-up items, Travel Magazines, Brochures, and Tickets to your Dramatic Play Space this week. Extra chairs can become passenger seats. Extend the fun by creating a cardboard plane.
- How about building a Cardboard Car, Bus or Boat? This adorable cardboard car
- This fun DIY Carwash belongs to Pre-K Fun Community Member Paula's Daycare!
Construction Space Ideas
- Add a variety of Transportation vehicles to your Construction Space this week. Include Cars, Trucks, Planes, Trains, Rocket ships, and Boats.
- Set up an invitation to create garages for vehicles. Provide vehicles in a variety of sizes. Consider having a planning session where students can draft a blueprint of their project and plan what type of materials they will need. Support planning by encouraging students to consider the size of blocks and quantity they will need. **Teacher Tip: Take pictures of their completed projects, place in their portfolio next to their blueprint.
- Be sure to encourage literacy by adding books about Traveling, and Vehicles to your space as well. Add Roadways, Signs, and Railroad Tracks. Add a pretend felt Lake for Boats, a Runway for planes.
- Set up a race with toy cars. Place masking tape on one end of a room with a hard floor (or do outdoors and use sidewalk chalk) for the starting line and one on the other end of the room for the finish line. Provide a basket of vehicles. Students select their vehicle and place it on the starting line. When you count to three they launch their vehicle to see which one will go the farthest.
- Work on fine motor skills by setting up an invitation to create vehicles with LEGO Duplo
- Add take apart vehicles to your learning space. To encourage fine motor development provide hand turn screwdrivers rather than pretend drills that are often included.
- Give little muscles a big workout! Pair off children and provide sturdy laundry baskets to each pair. Children take turns pushing the vehicle and driving the vehicle. Each pair will decide what type their vehicle is. The driver will make the vehicle sounds from inside the basket.
- Play Red Light Green Light
My Big Truck Book by Priddy Books
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street by Mark Lee
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Transportation in Many Cultures by Martha E. Rustad
- Take a walk around the neighborhood to look for environmental print. Environmental print such as stop signs, store signs, as well as other signs with words and/or symbols are common for children to see and are among the first words they are able to recognize. Consider bringing along a clipboard to record all the signs spotted on your walk. Encourage students to see what signs they can recognize while driving home with their parents.
- Gather photos of different types of vehicles, invite students to make the sounds of those vehicles. Be sure to include many different types of vehicles so students can exercise the muscles in their mouths and practice many different types of sounds.
- There are three different transportation modes included in this Editable Sight Words Activity Pack. Use the Car & Wheel, Spaceship and Astronaut, or Boat and Sail to compliment your Transportation Theme. **Teacher Tip: For young preschoolers just starting to identify words, use this activity to support recognition of their favorite word in the whole world...their name! Simply type their name in the editable boxes for an engaging way to learn to recognize their name.
- Invite parents that have interesting vehicles or work with interesting vehicles to show off and talk about them.
- Ask parents to donate recyclable materials for creating 3D Vehicle Art
- Invite parents to challenge their children to see how many different types and colors of vehicles they see while driving. Encourage children to share the experience with the group.
More Activities From Around the Web
Transportation Yoga Poses from Kids Yoga Stories
Stoplight Bean Bag Toss from I can Teach my Child
Transportation Printable Pack from Royal Baloo
Pattern Cards from The Measured Mom
Transportation Printables from Pre-k & K Sharing
Zoomin Moovin Alphabet Printables from Royal Baloo
DIY Traffic Signs for the Block Play Area from Pre-K Pages