As you play, chat all about different modes of transportation and ask questions to get your littles thinking.
LITERACY: DRIVE AND MATCH
Stick a piece of masking tape on the floor and write uppercase letters on it. Grab some toy cars and label each with a dot sticker labeled with the same lowercase letters. Scatter the cars on the floor and have your child pick a car, identify the letter (name/sound), then drive to find the uppercase match.
This is such a fun way to get your child moving and reviewing letter sounds! You can also easily change out the concept – think numbers, shapes, rhyming pictures, etc.
MATH: RAINBOW TRAIN COLOR SORT
All aboard! Have fun with this train themed tranportation activity!
Draw and cut out a locomotive cab on black paper. Tape the cab to the floor and tape rainbow colored sheets of paper behind it (ROYGBP). Add black circle train wheels to each if you’d like. Have your child hunt around the room/house to find items in each color. Count: “How many red things did you find? Green? Which color did you find the most of? The least?” Asking questions and using math words during play is a simple way to practice and teach early math thinking skills.
MOVEMENT: RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT
Ready to play a fun game with friends! This classic is perfect for adding to your transportation themed plans. To Play: Assign a “traffic cop” and have all other kids line up on a starting line. Have the traffic cop yell out commands (green light = run, yellow light = walk, red light = freeze!). The object of the game is to reach the traffic cop first!
SENSORY: WATER GEL BAG
Use this fun sensory bag idea to chat about water modes of transportation. For this activity you’ll be making a simple gel bag!
You’ll Need: Hair Gel, Ziploc Bag, Small Toys, Duct Tape to Seal the Bag
Squeeze hair gel into a large gallon size Ziploc bag. Add a drop or two of blue food dye. Toss in a few items: mini boat erasers, glitter, beads, small rubber boats, etc. Tightly seal the bag shut (tape top after sealing). SQUISH and move around the water boats.
CRAFT: CRAFT STICK PLANE
Follow the steps to make your own airplane:
- Decorate 2 large craft sticks and 1 small popsicle stick. *We used dot markers for this.
- Lay one craft stick flat (body of plane) and glue the other large craft stick across it (wings).
- Glue the smaller popsicle stick towards the back (propeller).
- Let dry completely then PLAY!
SCIENCE: TRANSPORTATION ICE BLOCK
Fill a container with water. Add a little food dye for color then toss in toy cars and planes, and FREEZE! Once the water is frozen, pop it out on a cookie tray and pair it with a tub of warm water, a few play hammers, and small cups. Ask your littles to FREE the cars and planes. Talk about the changing of liquids to solids, chat temperature and texture, work on problem-solving skills, and have fun hammering away!
MOVE YOUR BODY!
Don’t forget to browse YouTube for fun movement songs for kids! Check out one of our favorite TRANSPORTATION SONGS HERE!
So what do you think? Which transportation themed idea is your favorite? My girls LOVED the ice block and color sort train.
Can’t wait for you to play and learn with your littles this week. Give us a tag @engaging_littles if you try any of these ideas.