Sunday, February 27, 2011

Red Light, Green Light

This week in our toddler/preschool co-op class, we talked about cars and traffic lights. Homeschool Creations Transportation Preschool Pack was the inspiration for this week’s theme.


We read Toot! Toot! Beep! Beep! by Emma Garcia. This is a simple book that has various colors cars moving around town with its own sound. The kids love to repeat the various sounds.

After we read the book, we talked about traffic lights. I pointed to the light in the book and showed the three colors. We discussed what they meant and then sang a traffic light song.

Of course, the next thing we just had to do was play Red Light! Green Light! One student was the traffic light and said either red light or green light. The students moved when it was green but had to stop when it was red. Oh boy did the preschoolers love this game!

Next we made a simple traffic light craft. The students glued three circles, each the colors of the traffic light, onto a piece of cardstock. ( I forgot to take pictures)

finemotorcolorsI usually have the students work on individual activities. After awhile, we switch. By the end of the class each student has had the opportunity to do each of the activities. This fine motor activity had students placing the traffic light color pipe cleaners in a parmesan cheese container and then placing the right color buttons on the pipe cleaner.

trafficlightcolors  The kids have really shown an interest in pom pom activities. I brought various trays and the students picked which one they would use. Some students just had fun practicing using the tongs to pick up the pom poms and place them into the tray.

trafficlightcolors2Other students were able to do some simple patterns.

numbercars We used the number clothespin clip game from Homeschool Creations' Transportation Preschool Pack.

transpmagnetsThe students did a transportation magnet play/easy patterns activity.


And we played the Parking Lot Game by Sara from Happy Brown House. Could you believe that I could not find any match-box cars at my house? They are probably all buried in our sandbox. We used transportation erasers instead.  Technically, I needed two die, but I couldn’t find the other one, so I improvised. Be sure to see Sara’s post on how she plays this game.

Another busy, yet fun day in tot school/preschool co-op class!

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Blogger The Princess and the Tot said...

Love using Red, Green & Yellow to go with your transportation theme!

February 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

I like the patterns that matched the traffic light colors! Great idea! We did finished up our car week too!

February 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks for the linky love! Looks like a super fun time with the co-op kids!

February 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM  

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