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Helicopter Activities for Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of transporation preschool activity images with text: Helicopter Activities for Preschoolers

This week with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). We're learning about transportation by air and water.


So far, we've talked about Airplanes, Hot Air Balloons, and today's topic is Helicopter.

preschoolers making vehicle designs from paper shapes on trays

Our discussion question for the day was, "What do we know about helicopters?" We pretended to be helicopters and explored how the propellers of a helicopter move.

preschooler's boat design made from paper shapes

Today's Make & Play activity was a great opportunity to practice sequencing and writing. We used our Transportation Design Guide from Experience Preschool and explained the steps for recreating the vehicles using sequence words like, "first, next, and last."

preschooler's car design made from paper shapes

After that, the children each selected one design to recreate with their color shapes.


When they were finished, we invited the children to draw one of their favorite vehicles on the "My Transporation Design" page and then recall the design steps.

preschooler dropping paper propeller onto paper helicopter pad

Another favorite today was our Table Top Math activity, Emergency Landing.

preschoolers standing around paper helicopter pad dropping paper propellers

We cut and folded paper to make a propeller and then took turns standing above the Helipad and trying to land the "helicopter" on the target.

paper helicopter pad on floor filled with paper propellers

The preschoolers really enjoyed this activity. They continued playing to try landing on different numbers on the Helipad as well as on the letter H.


Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our transportation theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).


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