Before school started we did some preparing to help the kindergartner be ready for that first day. We read a bunch of great starting school books, and we did some school organizing to make mornings run smoothly.
But what about the younger brother?
To help make the time big sis was at school a little more exciting, I decided to change up our home preschool and make it something extra special for him.
The plan? Tons of vehicle activities geared towards teaching ABC and number skills. I started looking online for some ideas, and our Vehicles Crafts/Learning Activities Board was born. As he watched me pinning ideas, he got more and more excited, “I want to do that!” was repeated more than a few times.
Last week we got started, with ambulances and airplanes for the letter “A” and a little counting on the side. We started the day out with some Thomas the Train workbooks that I found months ago. We used to practice writing the letter “A” and the number 1. (Right now I’m happy when it looks like the right letter, but I’ve learned from big sister’s experiences, those kindergarten teachers want them on the lines just right, so we have some work ahead of us!)
Then we worked on matching up ambulances. I had printed out a sheet of 12 ambulances, 6 with capital “A’s” and 6 with lower case “a’s” written on them. I had colored the ambulances so there were 6 matching pairs; for example, 2 capital “A” ambulances that were colored the same, 2 lower case “A’s” colored the same, etc.
My little vehicle enthusiast had fun matching up the ambulances correctly.
Then I asked him to park all the capital “A” ambulances in one spot and all the lower case ones in another. I was amazed how quickly he was able to do this.
He could not wait to see what I had planned. I told him to roll the die and then he had to load that many block passengers into the ambulance and drive them to the “hospital” I had set up on the other side of the room. Once he had done it several times and all the passengers had been transported, he decided he had to do it again. No doubt about it, he had fun with this one!
By then I was ready for lunch, but he was just getting warmed up! Don’t you just love it when kids come up with their own fun ideas when it comes to learning? He wanted me to make a trail of letter “A’s” for the ambulance to follow. We wound up with a super quick post-it note maze of various letters, where he had to follow the letter “A” to the hospital.
We will definitely be doing this again in the future! And next time I will have time to prepare a little better so we can have lots and lots of letters to follow!
Do you have any fun vehicle activities we should try out? Leave a comment below; I’d love to add them to our Pinterest board!