Welcome to my Preschool Train Theme! In my daycare trains are a big favorite! I hope you will find train ideas here that your child will love.

Books

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo - Kevin Lewis
I Love Trains - Philemon Sturges
Terrific Trains - Tony Mitton
The Little Engine That Could - Wally Piper
The Little Red Caboose - Marian Potter
Train Song - Saaf Ziefert
Train Whistle - Helen Roney Sattler Trains - Anne Rockwell
Two Little Trains - Margaret Wise Brown


Songs, Poems, Stories, & Fingerplays

Down by the Station

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little puffer bellies, All in a row
See the station master
Turn the little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot, off we go

Engine On The Track

Here is the engine on the track (hold up thumb)
Here is the coal car, just in back (pointer)
Here is the box car to carry freight (middle)
Here is the mail car. Don't be late. (ring)
Way back here at the end of the train. (little)
Rides the caboose through the sun and rain.

I've Been Working On The Railroad

I've been working on the railroad,
All the live-long day.
I've been working on the railroad,
Just to pass the time away.
Can't you hear the whistle blowing,
Rise up so early in the morn,
Can'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,
Strummin; on the old banjo.

Singing
Fee-fi-fiddle-ee-i-o,
Fee-fi-fiddle-ee-i-o-o-o-o
Fee-fi-fiddle-ee-i-o,
Strummin' on the old banjo.



Arts & Crafts

Train Whistle

What You Need:

Toilet Paper Tubes
Wax Paper
Rubber Band
Paint

They simply decorate a toilet paper tube with paint. Then you punch a hole about a half-inch down the tube. Finally put a circle of wax paper over one end secure it with a rubber band. Now your children can pretend to be a train and make whisle like noises (sounds more like a kazoo)

Shape Train

What You Need:

Paper
Paste
Paint

Have your children cut two circles, one triangle, one large square, and one rectangle from the paper. They can then add the circles to the bottom of the square and the rectangle standing up on top of the square and the triangle pointy end to the square. Then let your children paint their train. This makes a cute train and lets your children see how different shapes can go together to form a unique shape.


Theme Ideas

Make a Child Train

Have young children to make a “human train”, “choo-choo-ing” around the classroom or playground. In advance, you might draw chalk tracks for the train to follow. Teach students these traditional whistle signals:

--Stop: one short toot
--Go: two long toots
--Stop at the next station: three short toots

Have children line up, each with his/her hands resting on the waist of the person in front. Let children take turns being the engineer, riding in the front car, or the locomotive. The engineer can wear a cap, and use the whistle to signal the rest of the cars to stop, go, or get ready to stop at the next station.


Links

Train Theme - Child's Play
Preschool Train Theme - Everything Preschool
The Polar Express Train Unit - Teaching Heart



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