This year we only had a week for transportation as opposed to two weeks last year, so I had to squeeze in my favorites. Besides the bin full of train tracks from IKEA, my sensory bin was one the favorites of the week. I put some packing “peanuts” in the bin along with some plastic vehicles for filler. I used my Transportation Sort cards in the bin. I laminated the cards and placed several staples in each so that the magnet fishing poles (Amazon affiliate link) could catch them to sort.
I was fortunate to find a Melissa & Doug Magnetic Picture Maker (Amazon affiliate link) on clearance a few years back at a craft store. Although my students may not have completed the pictures, they did enjoy using the magnet to move the little circles. I will pull this out later in the year when they have more stamina and a bit more fine motor control to see how successful they are.
My students still love anything related to dot markers and dice, so the Transportation Roll and Graph was completed by several students. Some even kept rolling until all of the vehicles won. This roll and graph is made to go up to five instead of ten to meet the stamina of my students.
Something else my students really enjoyed this week was the Transportation Qtip center that I somehow managed not to get in a photo.
Since we had several weather issues and some health issues in my home, I did a quick train station pretend play area. My photo does not include the extra box that ended up being the engineer’s car. The students have been very busy with the simple area, buying tickets, driving the train, handing out tickets, climbing in and out of the train, and fixing the train.
For my writing center this week we did the Transportation Stamp and Write. My students are starting to remember how to do this since we have used similar pages in the past. I use the Melissa & Doug stamp set (Amazon affiliate link).
For some additional alphabet practice, we used my Lowercase Alphabet Building Set with the last six letters of the alphabet that we have learned. I am very happy that my director found the Excellerations Linking Cubes and Triangles Set (Amazon Affiliates Link). I think the triangles make the letters look more like the real thing and give a bit more challenge.
For some other transportation ideas, please check out the art project results from one of my past years. I have not yet had a chance to photograph this year’s results.