Kids learn everything through play. Transport is a part of a child’s life from the time he is born. In simple terms transport is a medium of going form on place to another.
Transport is of three forms :
- Land – walking, cars, scooter, bus, trains, motorcycles, bicycles and jeep
- Water : Ships, boats, ferry, steamer and yacht
- Air – Helicopter, aeroplane, parachute , hot air balloon, and rocket.
In order to introduce transport to babies, you can start with rhymes. For example: Wheels on the bus goes round and round. You can mix this rhyme and add, “Planes in the sky” , or “ boats in the river”. Another very popular rhyme which kids love is “ Row , row , row your boat”.
Give your child toy cars, aeroplanes, helicopters and boats to introduce him about the topic of transport.
You can do a lot of DIY activities and crafts to make them understand about transport. For example, make paper boats. Fill a small tub of water and let him float his boat. You can even make paper planes and let him play with it.
You can take your child outside and show him the vehicles on the road. Take him on a field trip to the railway station to shim him trains or take him to the airport to show him the aeroplanes. When you practically show a child, it registers more in his memory.
Importance of teaching Transport to toddlers:
Transport is a part of a kid’s everyday life. He should be aware of his surroundings.
Kids learn a lot of new vocabulary words which is very important for their communication.
Cognitive Skills :
By doing transport activities, a child’s cognitive skills can also improve. For example, you can ask him how many wheels a scooter has or, a car has.
By doing various transport activities with kids, you can improve his imagination. One of the simplest ways of doing this is by telling stories to your child. Some very popular series are : Thomas the tank engine and Friends, Speed Mcqueen, which the kids love. Stories always improve a child’s imagination which is very good for his over all brain development.
Fine Motor Skills :
You can take print outs of different modes of transport and ask the child to paint. He can paint with the help of water colours, or finger prints, or crayons. This will help to improve his fine motor skills.
Early Childhood education:
Transport activities are very important for a child’s early education. By performing these activities, a child can learn various colours, numbers and alphabets which is the base for his early years foundation.
Sensory Development :
You can make a sensory bin for your child, with pulses or kinetic sand or rainbow rice and put his cars or trucks in it. This activity helps to stimulate his sense of touch, feel and sight which is very important for his growth.
Modes of transport is something which the child sees everyday in his life. He can easily relate to it. The child really enjoys doing various transport activities and it keeps him occupied for a long time.