Although kindergarten children have learnt a lot in their first five years of life, there are still plenty of things to be learnt. Children need to learn about transportation and the ways in which we move around by land, air and sea. Because little ones are full of energy and need constant stimulation, transportation lesson plans and activities are more effective if they are interactive and employ hands-on class participation.
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Colouring pages help kindergartners understand the types of transportation available in the world. Children are given crayons and colouring pages with various methods of transportation printed on them, including bicycles, automobiles, buses, trains, aeroplanes, boats and hot air balloons. Children can use whatever colours they choose or teachers could implement a colour-by-number method, where students paint all the portions marked "1" red, and all the portions marked "2" blue, and so on.
Story time is an excellent way to help kindergarten students develop literacy skills, as well as explain about transportation. There are several books dedicated to explaining the different ways of getting around. Some of these stories are interactive, requiring children to act in a certain way or make specific sounds to mimic various transportation modes.
Activity books are another commonly used method to teach children about transportation, especially during long car trips. Kids can pack their crayons and activity books, and complete puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, colouring sheets, trivia and more.
Craft projects are used as a hands-on method to teach children about transportation. With teacher supervision, students can create buses from brown paper bags, sailboats from plastic lids, fabric and pipe cleaner, paper canoes from yarn and construction paper, and fire trucks from brown paper bags. Students can enhance these crafts with crayons, felt, cotton, stickers and pictures of themselves.
Worksheets are a commonly used activity for kindergarten lessons on transportation. Students can colour alphabet sheets; for example, "H" is for helicopter, "J" is for jet or "A" is for aeroplane. These sheets should include large letters as well as a large picture of the object being taught. These sheets teach children about transportation and letter recognition. When finished colouring, students can cut their transportation objects to be posted on a wall in the classroom. Other worksheet ideas include sheets with pictures of transportation items on them, such as a bicycle, train or car, and a blank space underneath the item for children to write in their names. Students can also complete matching worksheets that have the word for a mode of transportation on one sheet and a picture of that mode of transportation on another sheet. Kids then draw a line from each word to its corresponding picture.
Transportation trivia can be played once children truly understand each mode of transportation. Teachers can ask questions like "I have two wheels and two pedals, what am I?" or "I have eight wheels and 60 seats, and you can ride me to school, what am I?" Teachers can ask the class these questions as a unit or divide the students into teams.
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