Word list for first words
- bike, bus, boat, car, fire engine, helicopter, motorbike, plane, train, truck
Make sure you have some different cars, trucks, trains and planes. A road mat/track, stop signs, trees and people are also great accessories. Set up your road or construction site.
1. Road Mat
Set up a road for the cars on the pavement/floor or a cardboard box or on a track. Lots of opportunties here to practice at ‘stop’ and ‘go’.
2. Town Centre
Join up some houses and shops with a ‘road’ and drive the vehicles to each building.
3. Sorting Transport
Put all the airplanes in the sky, cars on the roads and boats in the water.
This theme is often a popular one with toddlers. Who doesn’t like to push their trucks and cars around? Our list of recommended books contains some simple books for babies through to some longer stories and picture dictionaries for preschoolers.
Noises to Try – nee naw, brmm brmm, car, plane
Lift the Flap Things that Go. A lift the flap book with plenty of vehicles to look at. Suitable for toddlers and older.
Words to Try – fire engine, helicopter, police car.
Words to Try – car, bike, train, plane.
Dig Dig Digging. A classic first picture book with a rhyming phrase on each page.
Words to Try – bike, boat, hot air balloon, rocket.
Words to Try – tractor, fire engine, digger, car
The Pigeon Loves Things that Go! From the classic Pigeon Bus series. In this funny book, the Pigeon imagines driving lots of different vehicles. A story for preschoolers about the sounds of different transport and a nice way to discuss some ideas about how he would manage driving these machines.
The Big Book of things that go. and Richard Scary’s Cars and Trucks and Things that go.
These are both picture dictionary books for children to look through and point to things of interest. Great for preschoolers who need to expand their transport vocabulary further than car, truck, bike. You can also use these books in lots of different ways. Perhaps matching up with toys at home? or Looking for an item via descriptions from one person? Excellent for vocabulary expansion.
Things that Go Sticker Encyclopedia. Keep your transport-mad preschooler happy with lots of stickers. This can be a great way to keep your child entertained and interested whilst learning new vocabulary. You can also expand with things like ‘who drives the ambulance?’ or ‘what does the concrete mixer do?’
Let’s Build magnetic scene. Another great way to learn new words is with one of these fun magnetic scenes. In Lets Build there are pieces to add to the construction scene.