Friday, October 22, 2010

Rainbow Train

TRAIN DAY
Super Tot is 21 months old
Tot School
Trains are Super Tot's absolute favorite thing, so when Princess and I were reading about the Transcontinental Railroad in American History this week, I decided it would be fun to have a "Train Day!"    I had a few ideas in mind, but I knew it was going to be a lot of work, so I got Princess to help.

While searching for "train crafts" online, I found this idea to make an Animal Train.  I printed the directions and animals, and got Princess to help me color them.  While we were working, she asked if she could color the monkey purple.  A lightbulb went off in my head to make this a color matching activity, rather than just a fun train.  So, we colored the remaining animals to go with that idea, and they turned out really cute.  I made each train car in the color to match it's respective animal and did the engine as a rainbow.  I laminated everything and tacked it to the wall on a long piece of butcher paper from our easel.    


So what did Super Tot think???  Well, he LOVED it!  This will stay up in our schoolroom indefinitely.  He spent hours playing with it over the course of the day.  He loves to take the animals out and play with them, to put them back in the train (usually even in the right train car), and just to look at it.  He even tried to climb into it himself, and had to run and get his blankie to show it the train.  This is probably the best thing I have made for Tot School thus far!  

10 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea! It looks like they both had fun.

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  2. I love the train idea. Great job on that!

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  3. Oh wow! What a fabulous theme!! Lots of prep work in that train activity, but it turned out amazing! Awesome job!

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  4. The Thomas and Toby costumes really made me smile. Great week! Kerri

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  5. I LOVE the train! It is too cute! I will definitely have to make that for my tot sometime! She would love all the animals. Too cute that he had to show his blankie!

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  6. Perfect! My daughter has always liked rainbows and she's getting into trains now, too. I hope she likes this as much as your little guy does!

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  7. Oh my goodness your children are gorgeous and Princess making Thomas costumes actually made my have a lump in my throat she is a lovely big sister super tot is very fortunate indeed. Ps. love the train, think i'll make one of those with the animals in brown bear brown bear

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  8. WOW! That train was/is AWESOME! I love it!

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  9. Great idea! Love the colors.

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