Set out building materials, such as small boxes, short cardboard
tubes, margarine tubs, thread spools, egg cartons, yarn, glue,
tape, and child-safe scissors. Let your children work together
to create a train, using the materials any way they wish.
Make tracks on the floor with masking tape for the finished
train to travel on.
Cut small train car and engine shapes out of colorful
construction paper. Give each of your children a set of
the shapes plus a long piece of paper to use as a background.
Let the children decorate their shapes as desired. Then
have them glue their shapes in a line on their background
papers to make "train pictures."
Paint five open shoeboxes any color you wish. Then hook them
together with string to make a train for these games.
||Mark each train car with a different color. Invite your
children to place matching colored toys in the cars.
|| Number the train cars from 1 to 5. Let the children
fill the cars with matching numbers of small objects.
|| Label the train cars with different geometric shapes.
Have your children sort matching paper shapes into the
AROUND THE TOWN
Invite your children to help make a floor map that includes
railroad tracks plus roads, buildings, and trees. Show
them how to add railroad crossing signs where appropriate.
Then let your children have fun driving toy trains and
cars on the map.
||Sing "Down by the Station" and let your children
act out the song.
|| Line up cardboard cartons on the floor for train play.
||Make paper tickets to punch with a hole puncher when
taking "train rides."
|| Read "The Little Engine That Could."
||Outdoor Train: Use chalk to draw train tracks
on a playground area. Let your children take turns
being the Engine and leading the other "Train
Cars" along the tracks from start to finish.
Encourage train whistle sounds as they go!
||Tunnel Time: On the floor, make a tunnel using
large cardboard cartons fastened together end to
end. Let your children crawl through it, pretending
to be trains.
CHUG, CHUG, CHUG
Tune: "Jingle Bells"
Chug, chug, chug; chug, chug, chug,
Line up with your children and chug around the room as you sing.
Chugging down the track.
See our little choo-choo train
Chugging down and back.
We are cars all lined up,
Chugging just like so.
Hear our whistle toot-toot-toot
As down and back we go.
For each of your children, staple several small paper
cups together in a line to make a "mini-train"
(or use a line of egg cups cut from an egg carton). Add
a yarn pull handle, if you wish. For "cargo,"
set out such snack foods as raisins, nuts, and tiny crackers.
Then invite the children to load up their train cars with
the cargo before eating.