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Transportation Ideas For the Block Area

Transportation Theme in the Block Area I Nuttin but Preschool

1.) Recycled Roadway
Recycle your old denim jeans into a roadway system.

Recycle your old denim jeans into a roadway system for transportation center I Nuttin but Preschool

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2.) Build an Airport
Place airplanes into the block area, the children can make runways (blocks end to end) & build control towers.

Built an Airport in the Block Area - Place airplanes into the block area, the children can make runways (blocks end to end) & build control towers I Nuttin but Preschool

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3.) Alphabet Letter Car Roads
Cut out alphabet letters from black construction paper.  Add passing lines with chalk.  Laminate the letters if you would like to reuse them year after year.

Cut out alphabet letters from black construction paper.  Add passing lines with chalk.  Laminate the letters if you would like to reuse them year after year.

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4.) Roadway Tape
Use this Inroad Toys Classic Road Series 30’X2″ Black Roadtape with Matchbox type cars to make roadways. It is like painters tape. It sticks well, but does not leave sticky residue.

Use this Black Road tape with Matchbox type cars to make roadways. It is like painters tape. It sticks well, but does not leave sticky residue I Nuttin but Preschool

 

Use legos and cardboard boxes to make tunnels.

5.) Ramps
Build ramps.  See how fast or slow cars can go with different inclines.

Transportation Theme - Build ramps.  See how fast or slow cars can go with different inclines I Nuttin but Preschool

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I wanted to share a PDF File from The National Association for the Education of Young Children it is a large, nonprofit association in the United States representing early childhood education teachers, para-educators and center directors.

So many times you hear that the kids are “just playing.”  Well, with ramps they are not simply playing with the incline, marbles and cars; in each child’s quest to figure out how to get the marble to do what they want it to, they are investigating, trying out different ideas, and varying actions. This is what scientists do. It is called inquiry. And it is one of the primary goals of science education.

We are choosing “educational” items to play with and there is a reason for our play.

6.) Printable Signs for Blocks
Sometimes you just don’t want to spend a lot of money.  Here is a quick solution.  Print out the patterns below and tape them to your blocks. Provide the “traffic signs”, cars, trucks and heavy pieces of cardboard that are designed to serve as roads. Printable traffic signs (here).

Transportation printable signs for the block area I Nuttin but Preschool

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