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I’m really loving participating as a hostess of the Poppins Book Nook. My kids have really looked forward to the theme each month and this month was no exception.
April’s theme was titled Planes, Trains & Automobiles and I picked trains to focus on. My youngest daughter LOVES trains. Seriously, she could watch YouTube videos of steam trains for longer than cartoons. True story.
The Big Book of Trains
We were sent this awesome Usborne book by Marie called The Big Book of Trains. I really liked this book for several reasons. One, the pictures were really big & engaging. My three year old was making up stories about who was on each train & where we were going. The pictures are very, VERY large. As in they fold out to be 4 pages each. Each page is sort of themed as they talk about the fastest, the different kinds, the longest and more.
The text is very sparse compared to the size of the illustrations, making The Big Book of Trains an easy book to read while wrestling the intrepid explorer (i.e. the 10 month old walking baby). It actually worked well to read it at the dinner table while I fed the baby. Everyone could see the whole layout & we had some great discussions with lots of interruptions. Interruptions in a story kind of bug me. I’d say I’m sorry, but I’m not :).
Fun Train Activities
Thomas the Train
I had purchased several Thomas the Tank sets to add to our collection but just hadn’t given them to the kids yet. I dug them out for the first 1/2 of the month and spent two weeks with a living room full of Duplos. We have 5-7 Duplo Thomas sets now as well as 2 small (non-compatible–bah!) Take & Go Thomas sets. They had a blast with them!
I also found this fun train lapbook that I had cut out & we started it. Unfortunately, we got this awful cold & fever combo that took out the whole house ( except hubby) for 2 weeks and counting. We didn’t get a ton completed, but we did some of the activities and sang “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” Lil Bit is looking forward to working on the rest of it later this week.
I found these cool train resources that I wanted to use, but never got to because no one felt well enough.
- Printable Train Craft (we printed but never got to :()
- Toilet Paper Tube Train
- Thomas Lapbook for Tots
- Train Magnet Page
- Train Printable Pack — Free @ TPT (also printed but not used)
In addition, I was hoping that by the end of April it might be nice enough to go outside. There is an awesome wooden train at the library that the kids love to play on. There is a park on the way to Al’s office with train-themed playground equipment that would have been fun, too. (This is a pic from last year at the library.)
Train Fun for Big Kids
Hubby & I have been having fun with trains this month, too. We have a board game called Ticket to Ride. It’s hard to play with babies. Imagine that ;). But you can play together on your iPhone/iPad for only $1.99. We bought Ticket to Ride Europe and have been playing together almost every night after the kids go to bed. It’s tons of fun and you learn US or European geography, too. Suggested age is 7 and up.
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Clip Art by Melon Headz
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