• Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Types of vehicles

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Show students pictures of different vehicles. Discuss the meaning of vehicles and traffic.

Brainstorm the different types of vehicles that students saw in the pictures (cars, trucks, buses, vans, trains, trams, bicycles, motorcycles).

Ask each student to draw one of the vehicles on a card and write the type of vehicle.

Place all the cards that students have made so the whole class can see them. Discuss different ways that the vehicles could be categorised and move the cards accordingly. Categories could include vehicles that:

  • we see in our local area
  • travel on roads
  • travel on tracks
  • carry passengers
  • carry goods
  • that are bigger/smaller
  • are better for the environment

For rural areas, talk about how some types of vehicles can be seasonal (e.g. grain trucks) or regular daily occurrences (e.g. milk tankers, school buses) and how other traffic can appear at any time.

Explain how there are many different types of vehicles on and near roads. We must look out for them as they come from every direction, and not just from the right or left.

Discussion questions

  • What types of vehicles do you see when you are coming to and going home from school?
  • Why is important to think about vehicles when you are walking on the street?
  • Where do you see a lot of traffic?
  • Where do you see only a little bit of traffic?

Information for teachers

For the purposes of this activity, a vehicle is defined as any form of transport with wheels. Traffic is defined as the coming and going of vehicles and people.

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE


Identify people and actions that help keep themselves safe and healthy (VCHPEP059)

Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP062)

Level 1 & 2

Recognise situations and opportunities to promote their own health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP074)