No School, What to Do: Transportation Day
Don’t forget to check out our “stay busy while school is closed” post for a ton of other fun ways to stay busy from home!
Choo choo…vroom vroom…it’s time to have fun learning about different modes of transportation! Follow along with us through activities, games, books, and more as we explore the many ways to get from here to there!
- Make a boat out of various objects you find around the house: legos, popsicle sticks, foam, duct tape, plastic bottles, cans, straws, sponges… Click here for some inspiration!
- Make a big car that you can actually sit in using a large box.
- Make a smaller car out of a toilet paper roll or a paper plate
- Grab a pile of toys and test them out! Will it roll off the kitchen table? Will it float in a bowl of water? Will it fly when thrown in the air? Test two items at the same time: which one rolls or sinks faster?
- When’s the last time you made an old fashioned paper airplane? Check out these 5 basic designs and get flying!
- Create a track on the floor out of masking tape and race your favorite cars, diggers, or trains around!
- Use different shapes to build a truck (note: we used construction paper instead of foam!)
- Practice your shapes some more and make a boat
Listen to this animated reading of our all-time favorite book, Go Dog Go! Sing along to much-loved Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site or The Wheels on the Bus. Hear the classic The Little Engine That Could or follow along with one of these stories from Unite for Literacy:
- Trains, Planes and Boats
- I Like Cars!
- Way to Go!
- I Like Work Trucks
- Here Comes the Train!
- Talk Like a Sailor
- Enjoy a podcast just for kids (& curious adults) from Brains On! Find out how elevators work and how airplanes fly. Be sure to spend time listening to some of their non-transportation related podcasts when you’re done. Like could it rain lemonade and why is the ocean salty?
- Learn about trains with Highlights Kids!
- BrainPOP Jr. has an entire section about Pushes and Pulls with a variety of games, quizzes, and activities!
- Drive a trolley, listen to a story, watch a video, or print & color a picture with Daniel Tiger. Or have a station race or rail rally with Dinosaur Train.
- Use ABCya’s Car Games for some super fun learning!
- Play the Kart Kingdom game on PBS Kids.
Jokes & Riddles
- Q: Why did the Pilgrims sail from England to America?
- A: Because they missed their plane.
Take a virtual field trip to a Disney theme park! You can ride It’s a Small World at Disney World, Jessie’s Critter Carousel at Disneyland California, Peter Pan’s Flight at Shanghai Disneyland, and many more virtual thrills from around the globe.
Follow along with Art for Kids Hub and draw one of these modes of transportation:
- Get creative! Spin around like a helicopter, move your legs like you’re pedaling a bike, lay on your tummy with your arms out like an airplane, and somersault across the room like a rolling wheel!
- Do yoga with Diggory the Dumptruck.
- Although it has nothing to do with transportation (ha!), we highly suggest you jump around to our favorite video on GoNoodle: Pop See Ko.
Drive the car you created earlier to the drive-in theater and watch one of these transportation-themed movies or shows!
- The Polar Express
- Bob the Builder
- Thomas The Train
- Herbie: Fully Loaded
- Back to the Future
- Monster Trucks