We usually complete a transportation unit in the month of September. Here are some of my favorite books to use while we study this unit:

However, it should be noted that many teachers teach this unit in the month of December as well, to accompany one of my all time favorite books, “The Polar Express”.


Here is a compiled list of some of my favorite poems/songs that I have found on the internet.

Car Song…
(Tune: BINGO)
Look at my bright shiny car
I’m driving it today-o.
C – A – R (BEEP! BEEP!)
C – A – R (BEEP! BEEP!) (We put on our seat belts, put the
C – A – R (BEEP! BEEP!) key in the ignition, got gas etc.
I’m driving it today – o!

Down By the Station...
Down by the station (down by the station)
Early in the morning (early in the morning)
See the little pufferbellies (see the little pufferbellies)
All in a row (all in a row)
See the station master (see the station master)
Turn the little handle (turn the little handle)
Puff, puff, toot, toot (puff, puff, toot, toot)
Off we go! (off we go!)


Twinkle, twinkle traffic light

Round the corner shining bright.

Red means stop, green means go,

And yellow means go very slow.

Twinkle, twinkle traffic light

Round the corner shining bright.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat,

Gently down the stream,

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Life is but a dream.

What transportation unit would be complete without the Wheels on the Bus song!  Click here to get a free mp3 of this song, available from Wheels on the Bus.  Here is a link to where you can find the lyrics for this song: Wheels on the Bus Lyrics


Here is a link to some really cute transportation themed ideas that can be used during your group time activities: Transportation Activities

Shelley Lovett’s Childcare Land website has some adorable free printables under her free section. Here are just a few that you can add to your transportation unit:

Alphabet Train (full color)

Car Color Book Emergent Reader

Here are some transportation cards from PreKinders website. We typically use these cards to sort items by land, air, and water: Transportation Cards

TLC Art has a Semi-Truck sample lesson that you can print: Semi-Truck Lesson In addition to this lesson, they sell many fantastic books for creating shape art types of activities. These activities are great for improving listening skills, following directions and fine motor skills.

Kiz Club has a printable coloring sheet that features transportation vehicles: Transportation Pictures. They also have very cute story props to accompany many stories. Here is a link to their Wheels on the Bus props (these would be great for story recall or a center activity): Wheels on the Bus patterns.

Hubbards Cupboard has an adorable unit, “The Little Engine that Could”. Here is a printable from this unit: Word Family Train Booklet (you just need to find your own pictures). Click here to see an example of this and other ideas on her theme page: Little Engine That Could

Kinder Printables also has many adorable car related printables (most of these accompany Disney/Pixar’s Movie Cars). Here are a few:

Cars Pocket Chart Pictures

Who is Here Today pocket chart

Desk Tags

Cars Number Cards 1

Cars Number Cards 2

Cars Number Cards 3

Cars Number Cards 4

Cars Number Cards 5

Here are some links to some emergent reader books that you can use to accompany this theme. Marcia’s Very Emergent bookshop features a few (these are free):

I Ride the Bus

My Ride (accompanies the book, “Polar Express”)

Jessica Meachum’s Classroom Snapshot website features an adorable book that features positional words: The Plane

Hubbard’s Cupboard has the following emergent reader book under her printable booklet section:

You Can Go Emergent Reader

You Can Go Teacher Version

You Can Go Pocket Chart Pictures

Bry Back Manor has the following Transportation themed activities on their website:

Transportation Counting Book

Traffic Patterns

Help the Train Get to the Station Maze

Train Set Numerical Order 1-5

Play 2 Learn Printables has the following printables on their website.  These are full color and great activities to use during your center time:

Transportation Graphing

Transportation Numbers

Transportation Patterns

Transportation Days of the Week

I just found this adorable shape sorting worksheet from Time for Kids:  Street Sign Shapes

Here is another worksheet from Time for Kids: Transportation Shapes

I recently made these worksheets to use in my classroom. I hope that you enjoy them!




13 thoughts on “Transportation

  1. This is amazing! This is my first year teaching kindergarten and I have been trying to plan a transportation/career theme and I loved what I found on this website.

  2. THIS IS GREAT! I have never found so much transportation theme ideas in one place that I actually want to use! GREAT JOB! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow! This works so well with my school’s kindergarten curriculum on movement and transportation. Thanks for sharing…What a great find. Great Job!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and resources that you have collected! I really love the worksheets that you have created as well. The Transportation Patterning page needs another airplane at the bottom or a different pattern though.

  5. Great sites! This will make the teaching and learning of transpotation more meaningful and fun for my students. The picture are great and the ideas are supperb. Thanks for sharing…..I will tell a friend.

  6. You have created a fantastic resource, thank you so much. I try to keep up with things on internet, but being able to find so much in one place really, really has made things easier! You rock!

  7. This unit looks awesome! was looking for a unit on transportation for summer school. Can’t wait to try it out! Thanks!

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