Do you have a little one who loves diggers, trucks, cars, trains, or planes? If so, YOU are going to love how easy this transportation theme is for preschoolers!
When our little ones find an interest in an activity or a topic, it is a wonderful opportunity for us to dive into that topic alongside them and create some fun and easy learning adventures for them to have. This transportation theme is one of the themes in Play into Kindergarten Readiness (If you haven’t yet, please check it out! One 20 minute activity per day is all it takes)
Play into Kindergarten Readiness is the coursebook for your preschooler’s magical childhood. One play-based, whimsical and beautiful activity a day; all core skills covered.
Check out how beautiful and magical (and full of deep, play-based learning) these preschool years can be right here: Play into Kindergarten Readiness.
Just before we dive into our transportation theme, be sure to grab your FREE Number Formation Pack! These little number cards are so full of potential – and instructions are included for 5 ways to play!
Now lets get to this transportation unit which is full of crafts, sensory learning activities, gross motor development, fine motor skills, literacy, and numeracy as well! Everything you could need for a transportation theme for preschoolers.
Transportation Themed Crafts
Tissue Box Car Wash by Craft, Learn, and Play. Grab a tissue box and turn it into a fun carwash! This craft alone is fun for little ones to complete, but the imaginative play that comes afterwards is even better. Let those little ones pretend to wash cars, trucks, diggers, you name it.
Zooming Pens by First Palette. This fun and easy idea is always a hit with little ones. Preschoolers love to race around their toy cars — tape a marker to the end to turn this play into a very neat process art activity.
Shoebox Train by Cutesy Craftsy. If you have any boxes at all laying around, here is a great way to put them to good use. You could cover them up with construction paper or paint them to make lots of little train cars perfect for pulling around stuffies and dolls.
Racing Rainbows by Fantastic Fun and Learning. This process art activity is perfect for a transportation theme for preschoolers. Put some paint on paper and watch those cars leave amazing and colourful tracks! Adding a ramp is such a fun addition.
Sensory Play with a Transportation Twist
Diggers in Playdough. Grab out that playdough and let those little ones dig and scoop and make tracks. Children can do all sorts of construction and than they can easily repair the track!
Car Wash by The Kidsperts. A great sensory activity for little ones is simply washing toy cars and trucks. Sensory play doesn’t need to be messy – in fact it can be sparkly clean!
Colour Mix by Pre-K Pages. Take those toy cars, trucks, and diggers and get them busy mixing and mashing! So much fun and learning to be had with this awesome sensory activity and it is just as easy as can be.
A Digger Sensory Bin by The Imagination Tree. If your little one still likes to occasionally taste his crafts, this sensory bin is the perfect choice. Loads of fun and filled with imaginative play!
Learning Letters and Numbers with Cars and Trucks
Scoop and Dump the Alphabet. This fun activity is great for preschoolers who are learning their name letters – or any letters for that matter! It is nice and simple to set up and keeps children engaged filling and dumping trucks and diggers for hours!
Name Train by Toddler Approved. This fun and easy activity is great for children learning their name letters. It includes matching, so is ideal for preschoolers just starting out with learning their letters.
Transportation theme to improve Speech by Crazy SpeechWorld. Help your preschooler practice speech, articulation, and develop some wonderful language skills while ALSO increasing vocabulary! This activity has it all!
Number Boats by The Elementary Math Maniac. This is such a fun way to play and learn all about number recognition and counting – two great skills for preschoolers to be focusing on!
STEM and STEAM Transportation Activities
Make a Flying Airplane by Kindergarten Worksheets. Such a fun STEM activity for all of those little ones who love airplanes! Pull the paper towel roll up to the top of the string and watch it zoom to the bottom! This one is great for imaginative play.
Exploring Tunnels by Mama Papa Bubba. Nice and easy to create with just a few pieces of paper and loads of fun for little toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy! Use various colours to practice colour names and sorting as well.
Submarines by Adventures of Adam. These neat little submarines are great for little hands! Nice and easy to create using a plastic egg and so full of learning about sinking and floating.
There you have them! Loads of different ideas perfect for a well rounded transportation theme for your preschooler. Whether you needed some cute crafts, some letters or numbers, sensory play, or a STEM challenge or two, I hope you found it here.
Thank you so much for reading! And if you are ready to simplify your days at home with your little ones, please check out Play into Kindergarten Readiness for your 2-3 year olds right here!