Kids learn Spanish transportation vocabulary with picture cards and activities.

These printable picture cards of vehicles can be used for a variety of activities to supplement a unit on transportation. I use them with my preschool classes to play games and as manipulatives to reinforce the vocabulary they hear in songs and stories.

These are just a few transportation-related activities you can do with Spanish learners.

Picture card activities
– Print the cards for kids to color and cut apart.
– Sort cards by terrestre-acuático-aéreo, initial letter sound or number of syllables.
– Play matching games. Print two sets to match pictures. Make letter cards to match to initial sounds. Make word cards and match the word to the picture.
– Hide the cards and look for them. Be sure to use the vocabulary as you search and when you find them.
– Use the cards with the printable sentence completion activity below. Kids draw a card from a bag and then complete the corresponding sentence with the word. I do this as a felt board activity in my classes, and we read the sentences together.

Spanish Transportation Picture Cards

Printable Cards – Los medios de transporte

Sentence Completion Activity – Los medios de transporte

Songs and videos
Las ruedas del autobus – There are lots of versions of The Wheels on the Bus in Spanish. Search the title of the song on YouTube for more options.
El auto de papá – Miss Rosi sings this version of Pipo Pescador’s (Enrique Fischer) famous song for children.
A mí me gusta viajar – This catchy song by Rockalingua has video and a downloadable lyric sheet with pictures.

Games
– Play this guessing game with the sounds of vehicles.
– The action game Yo tengo un tren que va para arriba reinforces prepositions using opposites. The leader does a short chant with movement and kids repeat the pattern, but using the opposite preposition and moving the opposite direction.
The game usually starts with arriba (abajo) and then includes delante (atrás), and izquierda (derecha).
Using adelante and atrás as an example, the chant goes like this:
Yo tengo un tren que va para adelante. (Grupo – Yo tengo un tren que va para atrás.)
Yo tengo un tren que va para adelante. (Grupo – Yo tengo un tren que va para atrás.)
Adelante (Grupo – Atrás)
Adelante (Grupo – Atrás)
Adelante, Adelante, Adelante (Grupo – Atrás, Atrás, Atrás)

Watch a group play Yo tengo un tren. Here is another video of this group game.

Riddles
This is an excellent set of riddles using transportation vocabulary. Several are simple enough to be used with Spanish language learners. Support kids by helping them identify key words and relate them to the different means of transportation.

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