classifying modes of transportation

Classifying modes of transport is an activity belonging to the language area of a Montessori classroom. This activity is mainly aimed at children between 3 and 5 years old. Learning to classify modes of transportation allows the child to deepen their understanding of how transportation works, it also allows the child to expand their vocabulary and awakens the child’s curiosity and motivation to deepen their knowledge about the transport vehicles around them.

Direct objective: It develops the child’s capacity for observation and discrimination.

Indirect objective: It expands the child’s vocabulary. Also, it develops the OCCI: order, concentration, coordination, and independence.

Materials required for the sorting activity

  • Three labels to differentiate the groups between air, land, and water, you can also use images that represent them.
  • Cards with pictures of different vehicles.

Some examples of means of transport that can be used for this activity are 

Land Transports

  1. car
  2. bicycle
  3. train
  4. motorcycle
  5. Truck

Air Transports

  1. airplane
  2. helicopter
  3. glider
  4. hot air balloon
  5. space shuttle

Water transports

  1. canoe
  2. raft
  3. submarine
  4. surfboard
  5. sailboat
  6. Steamboat

Different types of transportation allow us to travel from place to place and explore the different terrains. This sorting activity helps children to identify different types of transportation found in those different terrains.

How to introduce modes of transport sorting activity to the child?

Bring the activity from the shelf, invite the child to the table, and tell them that today, we will learn to classify means of transportation. Before you start, name all the objects on the table and explain what you are going to do.

If an explanation is necessary, try to make it with the first vehicle of each means of transportation, but it is advisable to avoid talking while the activity is developing so you allow the child to do his own observations.

At the end of the activity clarify the doubts the child may express. Once you finish, please tell the child you have finished the activity, then encourage the child to try this activity independently.

Benefits of Modes of Transport sorting activity

  • It deepens the knowledge of how transportation works. 
  • It helps in building the vocabulary. 
  • It helps in enhancing fine motor skills.
  • It enhances the problem-solving skills
  • It enhances the visual memory and concentration


Watch the video to see how to perform sorting means of transportation sorting activity. 


Ask the child to repeat the exercise by sorting various vehicles under the appropriate category label. 

Children love to explore and play with new and different things. Wish to see more sorting activities, click the links below

Primary | Sorting (English) | by Alejandra Jurado


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