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Speech & Language tips related to "Transport"


Before children can say the words for different types of transport, they usually make the sounds associated with them. Early “words” for a car may be “beep beep” or “vroom vroom”, for example.  Follow your child’s individual interest in transport and you can help expand their vocabulary and enjoyment in sharing information about this topic. 

  • Fun activities to facilitate this are:
  • Talking about things that “go” on the road, tracks, water and in the air.
  • Taking a trip using a unfamiliar mode of transport, e.g. bus, train or ferry.
  • Visiting the airport.
  • Recounting past journeys taken.
  • Pointing out the individual features and parts of different types of transport, e.g. windscreen wipers, wheels, horn, lights, wings.
  • Making sounds (e.g. “toot toot”) and use gestures to describe cars, trains, buses etc. You could turn this into a guessing game.
  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes (e.g. The wheels on the bus, row row row your boat, Big red car).
  • Drawing and painting pictures of various types of transport.
  • Making a “box vehicle”: Use old boxes, tubes, foam,, paper plates, etc to build a car.
  • Role playing being passengers and drivers using old bus / train tickets, home made drivers licences, keys, and dress up clothes.
  • Creating a “road” with traffic lights for children to ride their bikes/ toy cars around.
  • Reading books e.g. “Maisie Drives the Bus” or “Thomas the Tank Engine” books.
  • Talking about travelling safely.
  • Planning a pretend trip or holiday, asking “What would they take with them to different destinations?”

Younger children may like to talk about the names of different forms of transport. Try imitating what your child says and add one or two words, e.g. “bus”-> “blue bus” or “Daddy car”-> “Daddy’s in the car”. If your child is using two words sentences, add a verb, e.g. “big car”-> “big car driving”. 

Older children may enjoy recounting a trip they took on a plane or ship, for example. Encourage them to talk about when they took the trip, where they went, who accompanied them, interesting events and any feelings they have about the trip. Encourage the use of descriptive language (including; size, colour, shape, parts, sounds, sensations). 

If you would like more information about speech and language development, or would like to discuss your child’s communication, feel free to contact me on 0417 255 062.

Catherine Downs

Catherine Downs

Catherine Down is Platinum Pre School's preffered Speech Pathologist, she writes specifically tailored articles for the Platinum Newsletter and advises our staff on questions related to childhood speech development. Catherine is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech - Language - Hearing Association (ASHA).

Catherine holds a BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a BAppSc of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney. Catherine's qualifications and experience give her a unique set of skills for dealing with clients who are having communication, literacy and learning difficulties.

To find out more about Catherine's services or to book an appointment, please call Catherine on 0417 255 062 or visit her website -

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