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30+ of the Best Transportation Theme Ideas

Inside: This collection of transportation theme activities has a little of everything for your classroom or homeschool. Preschoolers will love the art, sensory bins, dramatic play activities, math, and more!

Toddler and preschoolers love things that move, so it’s no wonder that the transportation theme is so popular!

I found over 16 fun transportation theme activities that are perfect for this age group. Young children will be able to explore things that move in a variety of fun, hands-on ways!

👉 Scroll down to find free transportation theme printables!


30+ of the Best Transportation Theme Ideas


Sorting and Painting with Vehicles – After sorting and learning about different transportation vehicles, use them with paint.

Drive Through a Rainbow – Learn about color mixing while driving vehicles through paint to make a rainbow.

Shaving Cream Roads – Add some sensory to the art table while driving cards through shaving cream and paint.

Cardboard Steering Wheels – This art activity transitions into dramatic play as toddlers paint cardboard steering wheels to drive their pretend automobiles around the classroom. (Sunlit Pages)


Traffic Light Color Sorting – Strengthen fine motor skills by ripping paper into pieces. Then, sort by color to create a traffic light. (No Time for Flashcards)

Car and Truck Color Sorting – Place cars and trucks on matching colored construction paper. (Mama Papa Bubba)


Construction Sensory Bin – Learn about different construction vehicles while using them with Kinetic Sand.

Transportation Sensory Bin – Make your own paper roads to go with trucks in a sensory bin. (Fun with Mama)

Airplane Sensory Bin – This cute sensory bin involves blue dyed rice and cotton balls to create a sky for airplane sensory play. (My Mundane and Miraculous Life)

Small World

Emergency Vehicles Small World Play – Create your own town with markers and then add the details. (Where Imagination Grows)

Toy Car Activities – A fun collection of learning activities that involve toy cars.

Fine Motor

Train Track Paper Play Mat – Preschoolers will stamp pool noodle pieces onto paper to create train track art. (Mama Papa Bubba)

Train Tracks Pre-Writing – Invite your preschoolers to strengthen fine motor skills while drawing their own train tracks. (Dream Big, Little One)

Tape Roads Pre-Writing Activity – Place tape on the floor and work on moving vehicles from left to right. (Days with Grey)

License Plate Rubbings – If you have a collection of old license plates, use them for a crayon rubbing activity. (Housing a Forest)


Check out our favorite books: Favorite Toddler and Transportation Theme Books

Alphabet Construction Vehicle Activity – A fun way to work on letter recognition with construction vehicles.

Letter Recognition Vehicle Activity – Write letters on paper that look like roads and encourage your children to drive their vehicles on them. (Twin Mom Refreshed)


Explore Science with Ramps – What happens when you roll different items down the ramp? (Pre-Kinders)


Cereal Box Ramps – Explore engineering and physics with homemade ramps. (A Little Pinch of Perfect)

The Wheels on the Bus STEM Activity – Use different odds and ends and see which one will make the bus move. (JDaniel4s Mom)

Large Motor

Working at the Car Wash – Toddlers will love riding their bikes and scooters through this dramatic play car wash, made from cardboard and streamers. (Teaching The Little People)

Stop Light Bean Bag Toss – This large motor activity doubles as a color-sorting activity as preschoolers toss beanbags at stoplight circles. (Mrs. Plemon’s Kindergarten)


Magnetic Tile Ramps – Create ramps with magnetic tiles and race your cars down them. (Happy Toddler Playtime)


Sorting, Counting, and Graphing – Create a physical graph of toy vehicles with your preschool sorted by color or type, discussing with them before about what they guess will be the highest amount. (Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls)

Transportation Vehicle Sorting – Toddlers will learn about the types of vehicles by sorting them by land, air, and water types. (We Care Children)

Circle Time

16 Transportation Theme Books that We Love

Transportation Song by Nancy Kopman

Train Flannel Board Ideas – “Clickety-Clack” and “This Little Train” (Story Time Katie)

Transportation Flannel Board Ideas – “One Driver Went Out to Race” and “My Friend Duck” (Story Time in the Stacks)


Transportation Playlist


Truck Heads and Tails Cards Printable – These printable cards are a great tray activity for toddlers to practice shape matching. (Royal Baloo)

Train Names Printable – Use these printable train letters while working on letters in your child’s name. (Preschool Powol Packets)

Alphabet Car Parking Mats Printable – These car parking mats can be used in the literacy center, inviting young children to match the letters on the car to those in the parking lot. (You Clever Monkey)

Little Blue Truck ABC Animal Pick Up – Practice letter recognition with this printable activity that goes along with the favorite book Little Blue Truck. (Growing Book by Book)

Free Transportation Theme Printables

Click on the photos to download the pdf file:

free train color matching printable

free preschool race car fine motor printable

free preschool tow truck counting printable cards

free toddler preschool transportation coloring pages

30+ of the Best Transportation Theme Ideas

Toddler and Preschool Transportation Lesson Plans

We’ve done the work for you! We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)!

Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for transportation.

Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities!

Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners.

For more information, click on the graphics below:

toddler transportation lesson plans

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