Friday, June 8, 2012

Trains


Book Suggestions:
Trains by Byron Barton
Trains: A Pop Up Railroad Book by Robert Crowther
Train by Gail Gibbons
Trains by Jane Shimamota Freight
Train by Donald Crews
Trains by Lynn Curlee
Trains: Huffing, Puffing, Pulling by Patricia Hubbell
Trains by Matt Doeden

Activities:
Shape Train:
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Cut out these shapes prior to doing this activity: two circles (wheels), rectangle (train car), square (engine), triangle (smoke stack). Show all the shapes to your toddler and see if they can identify them. Help your toddler glue all the pieces onto a separate piece of paper to make a train.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development
Color Train:
Materials: different color construction paper, scissors, glue
Description: Your toddler can make an entire train with different color cars. Cut out a variety of rectangles from different colors. Also cut out black circles for the wheels on each car. Have your toddler glue the rectangles onto a piece of long paper and glue the wheels on the bottom of each car. When the train is all put together ask your toddler to identify each color car and write the color words on each car. Hang this color train somewhere that you can refer to it throughout the week and practice saying each color. Your toddler can also practice counting the cars.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color/color word association, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot counting

Make your own train:
Materials: large cardboard box (or laundry hamper), paint, paper, glue, craft items to decorate the train
Description: Your toddler can make their own train to ride in. Have your toddler help you paint a large cardboard box (they can decide what color to paint their train car). Cut out 4 large circles from paper or cardboard and have your toddler paint them black. Glue them to the sides of the train for the wheels. You and your toddler can make several train cars and line them up in your living to make an entire train big enough for your toddler and some friends to ride in.
Skills targeted: teach your tot creativity and imagination, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot pretend play


Paint with Wheels:
Materials: toy trains, paper, paint
Description: Talk with your toddler about trains and how they move from place to place because of their wheels. Count the wheels on a toy train with your toddler. Your toddler can create a unique art piece by dipping the train wheels into different color paint and "zooming" it across their paper. Encourage your toddler to use lots of color and drive their train all over their paper.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand how trains go, teach your tot to count, teach your tot creativity and imagination, teach your tot motor skill development

Counting Train Cars:
Materials: Draw or print pictures of trains cars, scissors, marker
Description: Draw or print pictures of train cars and cut them out. Lay them in a line on the floor or table and have your toddler count each car on the train. As your little one counts, write each number on the train cars. (Make at least 10 of cars to practice counting 1-10) You can hang this number train up on a wall, door or mirror and practice counting 1-10 throughout the week. See if your toddler can recognize numbers by pointing to various numbers and having them tell you what number it is.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot to count 1-10, teach your tot language development, teach your tot math skills

Pretend to be a train:
Description: You and your toddler (and some of their friends, if you want a longer train) can pretend to be a train. Stand in a line and start walking around your house. Teach your little one the sounds that a train makes (choo-choo, chugga, chugga etc.). Make these sounds as you pretend to be a train. Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity and imagination, teach your tot to be active, teach your tot sensory development

Train Hop Scotch:
Materials: sidewalk chalk, rock
Description: Draw a train with 10 cars on the cement with sidewalk chalk. Write the numbers 1-10 in each car. Have your little one gently throw a rock into one of the cars and have them hop from car to car, counting as they go, until they reach their rock. They can bend down and pick it up and hop back to the start.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development (hopping and throwing), teach your tot to count, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot to be active

Write Names:
Materials: construction paper, glue, scissors, pencil or maker
Description: Cut out, from construction paper, as many train cars that are in your child's name. Cut out black circles and have your little one glue them to each train car as wheels. You can count all the wheels as your toddler glues. Last, encourage your toddler to write their name, one letter one each car. If your toddler is too small to do this they could trace the letters after you write them, or you could simply write the letters and review them throughout the week with your little one.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to write their name, teach your tot to write, teach your tot writing skills, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot to count
Songs and Finger play:

The Wheels on the Train:
Sung to the tune of the wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the train go clickety clack
Clickety clack, clickety clack.
The wheels on the train go clickety clack
Riding down the track.

The horn on the train goes choo-choo-choo
Choo-Choo-Choo, Choo-choo-choo
The horn on the train goes choo-choo-choo,
Riding down the track.

The conductor in the train goes waving by,
Waving by, waving by.
The conductor in the train goes waving by,
Riding down the track.

10 Little Trains:
(Sing this song as you count the trains that your toddler creates this week)

1 little, 2 little, 3 little trains
4 little, 5 little, 6 little trains
7 little, 8 little, 9 little trains
10 little trains on a track

I See Trains:
Sung to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It

I see a train on the track
I see a train on the track
I see a train
It is blue
I see the train on the track.

I see a train on the track
I see a train on the track
I see train It is red.
I see a train on the track.

Continue song using different color trains. You could use your color train that your toddler made this week, and hold up each color train as you sing about it.

Online Fun:

Check out the Thomas the Train website for fun games, videos and more.

Visit the Chuggington website for fun games, activities and more.

Coloring:

Snack and Recipes:

Graham Cracker Train:
Ingredients: graham crackers, banana slices
Directions: Lay a long piece of graham crackers on your toddler plate. Ask them to tell you what shape it is. Next slice two bananas and have your toddler place them at the bottom of the crackers for wheels. Talk about the shape of the wheels. Place one small piece of graham cracker for the smoke smack with another banana slice on top.

3 comments:

Julie said...

FYI-the link to this Trains page on the left side doesn't work. It has the wrong URL. I went to another page then tried to use that link on the left to come back and it said the page doesn't exist.

Teach Your Tot said...

Thank you Julie! I got it fixed! :-)

Angela Lawrence said...

What a wonderful resource. I am sooo excited to have stumbled upon this site. Thanks for sharing your ideas on trains. I am currently working on one of my own. This site has been a BIG help! Love it!

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