Transportation Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Here we have a list of over 25 fun transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy! Do you have a toddler or preschooler who's obsessed with planes, trains, and automobiles? It's no wonder! These vehicles capture the attention of kids of all ages, especially little ones who are just beginning to explore the world around them. Tap into that interest with this list of transportation crafts and activities for early years. 

Transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers

These transport activity ideas will help you create fun, activity-filled days to keep your child happy. From painting with toy cars and digging in sensory bins with dozers to constructing printable roads, toddlers and preschoolers will have hours of imaginative playtime.

As well as browsing through at all the transportation crafts and activities below you might also want to check out our transportation worksheets. We have a range of hands-on printables for you choose from.

Our shape activities for toddlers and preschoolers are fun for this age group too! 

Toddler Transportation Crafts and Activities

Transportation activities for preschoolers and toddlers

Alphabet Roads

Practice letter tracing or letter recognition with your toddler or preschooler using our fun alphabet roads. Use small toy cars to trace along the letter's path. Alternatively, you can also use them as playdough mats for shaping the letters.

Alphabet roads - transportation activity for toddlers and preschoolers


Toy Car Parking Garage

If your kiddo has lots of toy cars, you may struggle with how to keep them all organised. The great news is that you can make a diy toy car garage on the cheap! Put one together in no time using empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel tubes and a cardboard box. Your child will love it, and you don't have to worry if it gets damaged because you can make another one easily.

DIY toy car garage craft - transportation craft for toddlers and preschoolers


Painting with Toy Cars

Painting with cars can be lots of fun. Use bright paint colours and toy cars and trucks to make colourful prints and tracks on craft paper or a washable surface. Then, you can have a car washing station to clean them all up!

Painting with cars - transportation arts and crafts


Drawing with Cars

Try drawing with cars with your budding artist. This is a creative way to "draw" by attaching markers to toy cars and pushing them around on the paper. You never know what kind of designs you'll create. 

Drawing with cars - transportation activity for toddlers and preschoolers


Wheels on the Bus Art for Toddlers

Does your toddler love the Wheels on the Bus song? If so, you have to try this wheels on the bus art activity! It's perfect for singing along whilst getting creative with colourful (and washable) paints. 

Wheels on the bus process art - transportation art and crafts for toddlers


School Bus Craft

How about a school bus craft made with simple shapes? This school bus notebook is made with rectangles and circles and is so cute. Make a notebook (as shown) for your little one to scribble in, or just make the school bus as a simple papercraft.

school bus craft - transportation activities for preschoolers


School Bus Photo Craft

Our school bus photo craft is terrific for a back to school craft, but it's fun even for toddlers who aren't going off to school yet. They'll love seeing their picture in the bus windows!

Photo school bus craft - transportation craft for toddlers and preschoolers

Clay Boat Craft

Any little sailor needs a boat to play with! This clay boat craft is an easy project for toddlers or preschoolers that can be as simple or as decorative as you like. You don't even need to get clay that you bake; air-dry clay will work just fine.

Clay boat craft - transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Construction Sensory Bin for Toddlers

Keep things really simple with this construction sensory bin for toddlers. Using cheerios as the filler makes this sensory bin taste safe so it is perfect for toddlers who still put things in their mouths. 

construction truck sensory bin - transportation activities for toddlers

Sand Foam Construction Sensory Bin

Another really fun construction themed sensory bin that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers is our sand foam sensory bin. Mixing sand and shaving foam together creates a fun texture for vehicles to drive through. 

sand foam construction truck sensory play - transportation activities for preschoolers and toddlers

Rocket Craft

Why only think about transport on the ground when you can make a fun rocket craft to zoom off into space! Young children will love making and decorating their own rocket. 

rocket craft for kids - transportation activities for preschoolers

Printable Transportation Activities 

Take a few minutes to browse through our selection of printable transportation activities . We have lots of fun and interactive transportation printables for you to choose from including transport themed playdough mats, transport sorting activities and alphabet tracks. 

transportation printables for toddlers and preschoolers


Transportation Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Transportation activities for early years

Transportation Sensory Bin

Explore the different modes of transportation using this transportation sensory bin activity from Fantastic Fun and Learning. Ships and boats are in a bin of water beads, planes are flying through cotton clouds, and vehicles of all sorts can be found amongst dried black beans. If you want to avoid your toddler mixing the materials, offer them one at a time on separate days.

transportation sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers


No-Sew Portable Roads Playset

Busy bags are great for toddlers, and you can imagine how much they'll love this no-sew portable roads playset from And Next Comes L. Add some felt mountains, lakes, pipe cleaner trees, and more, and you have a wonderful quiet time activity that your little one will play with for quite some time.

no sew diy road play set -  transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers


Printable Roads

Do your toddlers push their vehicles all over the house? Give them some roads to play on! There's no need to go to the shops and buy plastic roads; these printable roads from Picklebums will do quite nicely. You can print as many as you need and have an entire road system placed throughout the house.

printable roads - transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers


Dig Dump Roll Sensory Play

 This dig, dump, and roll sensory tray from Finding Myself Young is made with taste-safe materials to go along with the book Dig, Dump, Roll. Kids can add rocks, sticks and letters or just their construction toys for a fun play time experience while engaging in some sensory stimulation!

transportation sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers

Transportation Playdough Mats

Playing with playdough is fun, but if your child loves vehicles then these transportation themed mats from Preschool Play and Learn are perfect. Kids will strengthen muscles in their hands and learn new vocabulary while playing!

transportation playdough mats for toddlers and preschoolers


Transportation Circle Time Song

Singing together is a great way to start the day! This transportation circle time song by Fantastic Fun and Learning is perfect for at home or for using at daycares or preschools. Kids can wave their toys around while they sing the different verses, or you could make puppets for each one.

transportation circle time songs for toddlers and preschoolers


Transportation Pom Pom Matching Sheets

This super simple, low prep printable transportation pom pom activity sheet from 123 Homeschool 4 Me will engage your toddler's fine motor skills by strengthening their pincher grasp. If your child loves cars or trucks they'll love these transportation activities that strengthen hand-eye coordination while engaging in playful learning.

transportation colour matching activity for toddlers and preschoolers

ABC Transportation Matching Game

Get into the driver's seat with your child and take a spin on this memory-boosting ABC transportation matching game from Homeschool Share. Each card has an alphabet letter paired with its corresponding vehicle, making it easy to identify lots of different letters and vehicles!

abc transportation matching game for toddlers and preschoolers


Community Helper Puzzles

Police cars, ambulances, school buses, fire trucks, and trash collection trucks make an appearance in these fun and easy printable community helper vehicle puzzles by JDaniel4's Mom. Kids can put the strips in order by number to see the finished product!

community helper vehicle puzzles - transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers


Construction Playdough Mats

This fun, hands-on counting activity is great for toddlers. Kids can improve their counting skills with these fun dump truck printable playdough mats from Preschool Play and Learn. Just add playdough to roll into balls, place the correct number on the truck, and you're ready to go! When using this with toddlers, you may need to limit the numbers to 1-5 to get started.

construction playdough mats -transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers


Simple Transportation Sensory Bin

Toddlers will love this transportation sensory bin by Simple Fun for Kids made with coloured rice, dry black beans and dried corn kernels. You can add cars, planes and any other vehicles you have on hand to set up the activity together. Keep a close eye if your toddler still has a tendency to put items in his or her mouth.

simple transportation sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers 

Transportation Matching Game

Here's another transportation matching game from Simple Fun for Kids with only the vehicle and the word on each card. Print out the colour version or black and white version—or use both! Matching the black and white vehicles to the coloured version is a great way to extend the activity.

transportation matching game for toddlers and preschoolers

Traffic Light Sensory Soup

Sensory Soup is one of our favourite things to do with kids. It is a great way to work on their fine motor skills, and it's also really fun! This traffic light sensory soup from And Next Comes L is a great way to work on colours and traffic-themed vocabulary, too.

traffic lights sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers

Cardboard Train

Make an awesome cardboard train like this one from One Time Through for your toddler to enjoy for ages to come. This is a great way to make memories with your little one and build something together that they'll get so much fun out of.

cardboard train craft

Sponge Boats

You can make these sponge boats from The Craft Train to use as bath toys or just for fun in the pool or in a water sensory bin. They're super easy to make using sponges, duct tape, and craft sticks.

sponge boats - transportation activity for toddlers and preschoolers


Transportation Centers

Pocket of Preschool has some amazing ideas for creating transportation centers in the classroom, but they work for home, too. One of our favourites is this activity for sorting transportation vehicles by land, air, or water. You'll find lots of inspiration for your toddler here!

transportation centers and activities for toddlers and preschoolers

Egg Carton Train

Pop small toys into this cute egg carton train for hours of fun! This project by The Craft Train is great for a rainy day. Your toddler can help with painting the egg carton pieces and cardboard tubes. Then, they'll love picking out the toys to go in each train car. Pin this post for future reference! 

egg carton train craft for toddlers and preschoolers

We also have toddler activity plans available on the theme of transportation. These transportation lesson plans for toddlers are filled with fun, hands-on activities that are perfect for children aged 18-35 months. We also have a preschool version

Transportation lesson plans for toddlers

If you're looking for the perfect way to keep your little one entertained and happy, this list of 25 transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers will do just that. The best part is they require little preparation—all you need are some materials from around the house or a quick trip to the dollar store.

 Which of these transportation crafts or activities do you think your toddler or preschooler will like best?

Transportation crafts and transportation activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

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