Thomas the Train

This week for story time we did a Thomas the train theme. This theme had the best response from the kids. The books we read this week were:

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kids were so enthusiastic about this week’s theme! They loved reading something that they were aware of. Most of the time in story time I am explaining things to them. You could see the pride in them when they had the opportunity to explain what “coupling” or “shunting” were in train terms.

Our songs/rhymes this week included:

Engine on the Track

Here is the engine on the track (hold thumb up)
Here is the coal car, just in back (hold up pointer finger)
Here is the box car to carry freight (hold up middle finger)

Here is the mail car. Don’t be late. (hold up ring finger)

Way back here at the end of the train. (hold up pinky finger)

Rides the caboose through the sun and rain. (Wiggle Fingers)

I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

I’ve been workin’ on the railroad,
All the live long day.
I’ve been workin’ on the railroad,
Just to pass the time away.
Don’t you hear the whistle blowing?
Rise up so early in the morn.
Don’t you hear the captain shouting
“Dinah, blow your horn?”

Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow your horn?
Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow,
Dinah, won’t you blow your horn?

Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah.
Someone’s in the kitchen, I know.
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah
Strumming on the old banjo.

Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o.
Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o-o-o-o.
Fee, fie, fiddle-e-i-o.
Strumming on the old banjo.

 

Our games/activities this week included:

Dancing Dice

I took a large foam cube and I wrote actions on each side. On another cube I wrote numbers 1-6. What we do is we roll the dice and see what action it lands on. It could say 4 jumping jacks or 2 wiggles. While this game helps them with numbers, the main purpose is to get them moving.

Train Tracks

Put paper train tracks on the floor and have the kids pretend that they are the train cars. They can make the noises trains make and they can tell you the things they spot from the train.

For our craft this week we made paper trains. The kids were allowed to decorate the trains however they wanted. Most of them announced that they were going to make their trains Thomas or Edward. This craft was liked by all. It was simple enough so the kids had fun and didn’t need a lot of adult help. It also allowed the kids to show off their creative side. The items you will need for this craft are: A paper train color page ( cut off the wheels because we will have something else in their place later), markers, glitter, glue stick, and a toilet paper roll.

Firstly, let the kids color the paper engine to their liking. Don’t be surprised if it is Thomas. It was a common theme for me. Suggest that they take their time. When kids see glitter they tend to rush through the first steps in order to get to it faster.

Once they are satisfied with their coloring let them start with the glitter. Tell them to use the glue stick and put glue anywhere they want the glitter to stick. My trick is to have them do the glitter in a cake pan. That way you aren’t finding glitter a year from now. After they apply the glue they can pinch glitter and add it to the sticky spots.

The wheels for the train take some adult skill. Take your toilet paper roll and cut it in one inch rings. Then on each ring cut half way through to make a slit. This will hold the paper train upright. Let the kids put the wheels on the train and you are done! You can add variety to the trains with pom poms, stickers, buttons, or beads. Creativity is key!

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