Monday, April 28, 2014

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

 It is time for another month's theme at Poppins Book Nook.

 This wonderful FREE book club includes a lot of my favorite bloggers, who take a themed monthly topic and select a book that is appropriate to the theme. Then, on the last Monday of the month, we all present our books and something that ties in with the books and present a fun hands on learning opportunity such as a craft, project, diagram, report, collage, etc. directly related to the book on our blogs through the Poppins Book Nook.

This month's theme is Planes, Trains and Automobiles! Zoom over to Enchanted Homeschooling Mom to grab your FREE Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Lapbook!

We focused on two books this month, both train related. Terrific Trains is a great rhyming story, that I found so much fun to read. It is always a good sign when i don't mind reading the book seven times in a row! At the back, there is also a great picture reference of all the different train parts. Jump on board the Animal Train is a fun story about a boy gathering animals on his walk to the train station- where a special surprise awaits him.

During the weekend we went along to Ferrymead Heritage Park to check out the old trains, trams and military vehicles. We were lucky enough to get a ride on both the steam train and the tram!

Lucas was very excited about the steam train, so I put together a steam train craft activity.

I printed out these train printables and glued them to a piece of scrapbook paper.

Lucas got to work painting his engine and the carriages- we used the cornstarch paint recipe as I never have actual paint on hand! 

The next job was to put cotton balls on the train funnel to recreate the steam. 

Lucas was very good at naming the parts of the train as he painted them.

At this stage, I had planned to use cookie cutters and black cornstarch paint to stamp some animals in the carriage, inspired by the Animal Train book. However, Lucas decided that his train was going to be a coal train and so he painted the carriage black instead. I really like it when Lucas uses his own ideas and imagination to take charge of our activities- how do you cope when your child changes up plans? I would love to know!

Lucas' finished steam train with the coal carriage.

I hope you will join us over at Poppins Book Nook this month.

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Clip art by Melon Headz

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  1. Riding the trains looks like a lot of fun! I love his train creation too (and corn starch paint? will have to try that!). I like when my daughter goes her own way with a project - I hope her kindergarten teacher is so understanding! :)

  2. Love the field trip to bring it to life! Generally I let my children follow their own path with activities. I want them to enjoy the process, and to know that I value their ideas! :)

  3. The steam train looks so cool, my daughter would love that! I will have to try the cornstarch paint soon. :)

  4. I love that you read the book, rode a train and made some fantastic art. This will be an unforgettable lesson for your son!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  5. I love this. I think I might see if I can interest my four year old into this today!


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