Number Car Parking Game

Mark off parking spaces for toy cars on a Manila folder. Number the spaces randomly. Stick numbers on the tops of the toy cars. Children take turns choosing a car, saying the number on it and then driving it into the correct parking space.


recognizes numerals

Vehicle Match

Create a set of matching cards by cutting vehicles from magazines and gluing them to cards. You can cover the cards with clear contact paper to make them more sturdy. The pictures you cut out do not have to be identical. Try to find vehicles that have something the same about them like color, type, etc. For example you may create a set of matching cards where you have to find two cards that have vehicles that are the same color. For older children you may want to have a set of cards where you have to find two vehicles that are the same type such as two helicopters, two boats, two vans, etc.


matches objects

Worker Matching Cards

Prepare a set of matching cards that match workers to workers, workers to tools, or workers to vehicles. Turn all the cards face down and take turns choosing two cards to turn over. If they do not match turn the cards back over and let the next person try to find a match. Have the child that finds a match tell about that worker, tool or vehicle.


matches objects

Slowest Car Wins

Provide toy cars and ramps or thin blocks. Mark off an area to be the start and the finish. Set up the ramps at the start and instruct the children that they are trying to be the slowest car. Race two at a time and encourage the children to manipulate their own ramp so that their car will go slower. The cars must go off of the ramp and must go in the direction of the finish line, but to win they have to go the slowest. After each race, pit the slowest car against another car and race again.


experiments with cause and effect
predicts using prior knowledge

Mail Carrier Bingo

Create simple BINGO cards with letters in the spaces. Write individual alphabet letters on envelopes and place them in a drawstring bag. Wear a mail carrier hat and pull one letter at a time from the bag. Say the letter without showing the envelope to the children and see if they can find that letter on their BINGO card and cover it with a token. With younger children, show them the envelope while you say the letter.


recognizes letters

Sign Match Game

Create a matching game with stickers or drawings of familiar signs such as STOP, ONE WAY, DO NOT ENTER, SCHOOL CROSSING, etc. Have two of each sign. Turn them all face down on a table and take turns trying to find a match. When they find a match have them tell what the sign says and what it means.


recognizes environmental print

Sign Dominoes

Create a set of dominoes by placing one sign sticker or drawing at both ends of cardboard rectangles. Children can help you make the dominoes or you can make them or buy a set yourself. Play like real dominoes, with each person adding a domino to the ends, or allow children to add dominoes anywhere as long as any side that is touching matches.


follows rules

Rainbow Cars

Give each child a simple drawing of a car with doors, windows, lights, wheels, side mirrors, etc. added so that there are lots of parts. Children take turns rolling a color dice (you can make this by sticking colored dots onto a wooded cube) and coloring one part of their car that color. Play until everyone has a uniquely colored car.



expresses own interests

What Tool is Missing?

Bring different types of tools such as a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, etc. to group. Show them and talk about what each is for and what the names are. Then cover them with a cloth and remove a tool secretly. Ask one child to tell you what is missing. See if they can name the tool or what the tool is for. Then cover them again and remove a different tool. Ask the next child to tell what is missing. Continue. You can modify this game for different types of jobs you talk about by bringing in different tools, such as dentist tools when you talk about dentists.


increases vocabulary