Thursday, May 24, 2012

Theme Thursday: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

Happy Thursday Everybody! Last week we learned all about trains during story time.

Song: Good Morning Dear Earth

Song: We Clap and Say Hello

Flannel: Little Mouse, Little Mouse

Song: If You're Happy and You Know It

Rhyme: 10 Little Fingers

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews

Finger Play: 2 Little Blackbirds

Song: Shake Your Sillies Out

Song: Move Your Body Along

Flannel: This Little Train

Book: Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Finger Play: Engine on the Track

Song: Turn Around

Make and Take Craft: Stand Alone Trains

I got this great idea for a story time craft from Recipe for Reading. It was a huge hit and one of my favorite crafts we've ever done!

-card stock train shapes (prepared beforehand)
-toilet paper tubes

Process: To get ready, cut the toilet paper tubes into 4ths and then cut a slit, about halfway through, in each piece. Cut out your train shape on sturdy card stock so the train will stand up by itself and not flop around. After story time, I laid out crayons and the toilet paper tube wheels on the table, showed the caregivers as a group how to put the wheels on and then walked around and provided help as needed. The kids loved coloring the trains and it was one of the most successful crafts that we've done- developmentally it was appropriate, but there was still the extra flair from the toilet paper tube wheels that turned it into something more than just a uniquely shaped coloring sheet.

Time: I'm not going to lie, cutting shapes out of card stock was a pain. By the time I drew a train engine that I liked, it was pretty complex and I could only get my scissor through two pieces of the card stock at a time. My advice? Choose a simpler engine. Prep took about an hour, broken up throughout the day and the craft itself took about 20 minutes.

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