Tot School: Transportation

Are you doing a tot school transportation theme? We finally finished up our transportation themed activities this week and had a lot of fun with all the different modes of transportation we explored.

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Here were our plans for Transportation Week:

And here are the details of each activity:
Our favorite transportation books for the week were:
I’m Your Bus by Marilyn Singer
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Deborah Pearson 
Shape Roads:
We don't have too many cars laying around our house with 2 little girls, so I decided to pick up this set of wooden vehicles and signs from Melissa & Doug.They were perfect for Madelynn to use to trace each of the shape roads that I made for her. You can grab a set of these shape roads here.

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Alphabet Fishing:
To go with our boat theme activities, I decided to incorporate "fishing" as a fine motor activity.  I didn't have Madelynn use actual fishing poles, instead I let her use any of our fine motor tools to grab as many letter bead "fish" as she could.
Airplane Craft:
This craft started out with sponge painting a white paper blue for the sky. After the paint dried, I gave Madelynn paper shapes to make a plane and clouds and she glued them together.
 Build Your Name Train:
To make this train, I cut out shape pieces for Madelynn to use to build her train.  We've been working with her name a lot so I wrote the letters on each train car and then asked her to put them in the correct order.  
Transportation Reusable Stickers:
Melissa & Doug are genius I tell you. They have the best toys for my girls and their reusable sticker pads do not disappoint.  They remind me of the original Colorform sets I used to play with as a kid.  They are more of a window cling than a sticker, so they truly are reusable and won't end up stuck all over your floor and walls. This Vehicle Reusable Sticker Pad was perfect to pull out this week.
Stoplight Bean Bag Toss:
This game is part gross motor, part color matching. I cut out 3 circles from red, yellow, and green colored card stock to make a stoplight.  Then I grabbed bean bags in the same colors. Madelynn and I took turns tossing the bean bags trying to get them to land on the matching color.  
Goldfish Song:
This was a bit of a stretch to go along with our theme, but the goldfish does ride a bicycle in the song, haha.  Either way we LOVE Laurie Berkner and pull up her songs on You Tube all the time for a little dance party.  This song has lots of opportunity for movement and is great for getting the wiggles out.
Airplane Song:
Another Laurie Berkner song that we love that incorporates lots of creative movement.  If you haven't introduced Laurie Berkner's music to your toddler yet, you have to check out her YouTube channel, SOOO many fun songs to get your little ones up and moving!
 Follow the Tracks:
For this train themed movement activity, I taped out train tracks on the floor throughout our house using washi tape. Madelynn pretended to chug along the tracks fast and slow.
 Red Light, Green Light:
Just like the classic game, we all played as kids, we played red light green light this week. Before we played we discussed that a red light means *STOP* and a green light means *GO*.  Then I used our card stock cut out circles as a visual reminder as I called out each command.  Madelynn loved running and freezing, and then took a turn leading the game as well.
Transportation Snacks:
Graham Cracker Stop Lights - Start with graham crackers broken into 4 rectangles. Then spread peanut butter on top and place red, yellow, and green colored m&ms down the center.
Apple/Cheese Boats -  Cut up a few apple slices and balance on the peel side on a plate. Press cheese triangles onto toothpicks and stick into the apple slices for a sail. 
Banana Plane w/Marshmallow Clouds - Start with a banana sliced in half the long way and place on a plate.  Add small banana slices for wings and an apple wedge for the tail.  Use Cheerios for windows and marshmallows for clouds. 
Graham Cracker Build a Train -  
PB Jelly Car with Cucumber Wheels - Cut a PB & J uncrustable in half.  Add halved cherry tomatoes for wheels, halved baby carrots for a road, and carrot/cucumber pieces for the car windows and bumpers.
Road Theme Sensory Bin:
In this bin: black beans, cut up straws, Melissa & Doug vehicles & signs
We turned this bin into more of a tray since our bin isn't big enough to include a lot of cars. On our tray I spread out black beans, added the cut up yellow straws for the lane dividers and then let Madelynn explore with her Melissa & Doug vehicles & signs.
Harbor Theme Sensory Bin:
In this bin: water, blue food coloring, Magnetic Boats, bath toy fish
In the Air Sensory Bin:
In this bin: Blue aquarium rocks, cotton ball clouds, and airplanes from the In The Sky TOOB.
Trains & Tracks Bin:
In this bin: Trains & tracks, popcorn kernels, scoops
Vehicle Sorting Bin:
In this bin: In The Sky TOOBMelissa & Doug vehicles & signsMagnetic Boats, white beans, sorting mats
Magnetic Towing:
Okay one more Melissa and Doug Toy I love is this Magnetic towing game. (I swear I'm not being paid to promote them I just really love their stuff!) It's basically magnet fishing and a puzzle all in one and requires lots of concentration, a great toy for building focus and the cars have numbers on them too for added number recognition practice.

Want all of this week's printables and plans?  You can grab them here:
Or you can grab our entire year of themes and plans here:
Then check out all of our Tot School themes here:

September:

October:

November:

December:

January:

February:

March:

April:

May:

3 comments

  1. I have seen soo many blogs and I absolutely Love what you are doing! I have two little ones at home and have a home childcare, and your resources and links to products are fantastic and inexpensive :) THANK YOU!

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  2. Could you upload the rest of the Tot School themes to the teachers pay teachers website? There's only 6 uploaded and I wanted to purchase the rest of them. They're really awesome!

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    1. Hello! Thanks so much for your kind words! I am working on compiling all of my tot school weekly plans and resources for purchase. I am working from the beginning of the year to the end. You can find them all here http://bit.ly/MPKTotSchoolBundle

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