Although we had a short week, we did have time to complete two transportation arts and crafts projects.
We practiced our paper tearing to create our traffic lights. I traced three black circles on the black paper and wrote the color words on each. I gave the students three strips of paper in red, yellow, and green. I showed them how to tear the paper and had them tear up all the red, yellow, and green. After that we discussed which color went on top, middle, and bottom and what each color means. We had already done a traffic light song during circle time earlier in the week so they would be familiar with this.
The best part of this activity was having a student who always has trouble opening her snack be able to open it during snack time after all the paper tearing practice. Hopefully I can remind her of the paper tearing the next time she has trouble with her snack package.
One of my favorite art projects each year is my Things That Go project. This takes several days to complete. This year I gave students the choice of using red, blue, or yellow paint to initially paint the entire sheet of paper. After painting they then chose a secondary color to paint designs on the paper, like dots, squiggles, and lines. This year’s students were not as into the designs portion of this project.
Once the paper was dry I cut all the student sheets into squares, circles, triangles, and rectangles. Students used the shared shapes to create whatever mode of transportation they wanted to create. I gave them some photos and a book to look through for ideas. Trains seemed to be very popular this year, probably due to the train station and train tracks in the pretend play and block area.
For science during this week one of our activities involved magnets. I placed masking tape tracks on the science table and placed a couple pieces of magnetic train on them. I used our magnet wands (Amazon affiliate link) and showed the students how they could use the magnet wands to move the trains without touching them. The kids really enjoyed this and even raced each other a few times.
While I was in my room setting up for our next theme I found a few Transportation q-tip projects on the drying rack. You can see how my students complete them in different ways. This year all the students seem to do a good job holding the q-tips with a pincher grasp, but if you have any problems with students fisting them you can cut them in half as I needed to do last year with a few of my students who really struggled with fine motor skills. Although I don’t require my students to do so, the words are in light gray so that they can be traced as an additional part of the center activity.