Transportation themed activities are the perfect addition to your gross motor plans. It’s fun to move like trucks, cars, and planes. Incorporate everything from yoga to working on vertical surfaces into your transportation themed activities. Check out all the different ideas to move your entire body with a transportation theme!
Transportation Themed Gross Motor Planning
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Try out these transportation yoga ideas! Pose like a plane, boat, or try some hot air balloon breathing!
Do you have bigger trucks or cars that can be pushed or raced? These are great for racing along tape lines.
Work on the vertical surface. With matchbox sized cars create tracks on paper or use tape on the wall. Move the cars along the roads. Great for using the upper extremities. Do this activity in standing, seated on a ball or high kneeling.
Set up the transportation station -Scooter boards, push toys, or riding toys are perfect with this unit. Set up cones to work on driving through! Do this indoors or outdoors depending on your setting.
Get laundry baskets or boxes and push. Have kids push each other along in these like they are driving cars or trains. If you are really creative and have the time decorate the outside of the basket/boxes as different vehicles.
Car races can be done with a transportation theme. Use a laundry basket and race along the carpet. Incorporate pushing , side stepping or pulling in this activity.
Do you have bigger trucks or cars that can be pushed or raced? This can be a great strengthening activity! Use tape to race the cars along tracks.
Another great option for racing cards on the vertical surface is with the car path races! These same car paths can also be used for tracing, wiki sticks, dot stickers etc. You can easily add a BOSU ball, uneven surface, half kneel or tall kneel to this activity as well. The possibilities and combinations are endless.
Scooter boards, push toys, or riding toys are perfect with this unit. Set up cones to work on driving through!
Members can see even more video ideas in the members only video library.
Incorporate color recognition with a stoplight bean bag toss game. Set red, yellow, and green spots on the floor. Toss the bean bag onto the matching spots. Don’t have matching bean bags? No worries just say the color you would like the child to toss the bean bag on.
Try some agility drills in the train tracks! Set tape, an (affiliate) agility ladder, or chalk up like a train track. Have kids jump, hop, or run through the train tracks. See several ideas here. Get agility cards for FREE in the freebie library!
The agility cards pictured in the photos below are for Pink Oatmeal Members, other agility cards (non-train track theme) can be found in the freebie library
Transportation Fine Motor Activities + Gross Motor Skills
Nothing is better than having fun transportation themed fine motor activities to go with your theme. To make them even better, combine them with gross motor skills!
Using a dauber or dot stickers while working prone over a peanut ball is a great way to work on core strength, scapular strength, and fine motor skills while sticking with the transportation theme!
Half kneeling while working on the truck maze on the vertical surface allows for core, balance, and scapular strength along with fine motor skills practice!
Working in tall kneeling on a BOSU ball engages the core while working on airplane tracking. Use this same set-up for transportation themed play dough work!
Add a balance beam and carry the clouds to the sky as you work on balance skills and fine motor strength at the same time!
Transportation Themed Resources
Pink Oatmeal has a huge selection of transportation resources that are ready for you to use right now! All of the printable resources above and more are available. Click on the name of the resource in the image below to get a detailed view of the resource!