Create your very own Name Train with this preschool craft idea. Plus enjoy a delicious train snack as you read the popular story Freight Train by Donald Crews.
Here’s how to make this train themed ideas with your preschooler.
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We’re featuring Donald Crews
for the Virtual Book Club for Kids this Month! One of my favorites books by him is Freight Train. It’s such a fun way to teach colors and types of train cars to children. My two year old is learning her colors and letters so this made a perfect opportunity for her to work on both at the same time with this activity.
Make your Own Color Name Train
- Paint or Dot Markers
Before we began we read the story together. She LOVES trains so it kept her attention over and over again. Then we talked about the color and how we should make our own color train. While she was with me we drew out and cut out the letter in her name, you could also do that before had too.
She helped me put the tape on the back and tape them onto the train cars. It was fun to talk about the letter and if they were round or straight. We also talked about which direction they go. Once they were attached it was time to Paint !
Using the Dot Markers she created 4 train cars. While she was painting she took extra caution to go on the edges of each letter so that they show up when we the project is complete. Once the paint is dry you can remove each of the letters to reveal a big suprise! Letters!
Then I gave her the wheels and the glue sticks and told her to attach to the bottom of each train car. She was so excited about this independent project.
We hung the train up onto the wall talking about the order of her name. Throughout the week we will find those letters and practice forming her name with them using magnetic letters , LeapFrog Letters, and Letter Beads and all sorts of letter formations around the house.
Alphabet Train… this little name train just may become an alphabet train by the end of the week with how much she loved using the Do-A-Dot Rainbow Markers .
Make Your Own Train Snack
Now it’s SNACK TIME! We created a simple train for snack time. Just using 3 ingredients, cheese, grapes and carrots. I I showed her how to make the first train and track but then allowed her to make the rest. She was trilled to have her own cheese train with fruits and veggies!
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