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Choo-Choose to have some train fun with us!

In this exciting flight of activities preschoolers and adults can have some fun without going off the rails. All activities are minds-on with a focus on those fun locomotives that move us still today.

For this age group there is no specific curriculum addressed, these programs are great for all learners, just adjust the activities to suit and have fun!

What you need:
Print out the ‘Got Your Number’ PDF worksheets.
No printer? Just have them on a screen or create your own.
Small toy train, optional.

With the ‘Got Your Number’ worksheets in front of your learner, model using your finger
(or a small train) to draw the number and spell out the number.

The repetitive nature of the activity will help develop muscle and mind memory to create
the numbers and recognize them.

Want to lengthen the activity? Have your learner use objects to help count the numbers
out. The objects could be chocolate chips, blocks, crackers. Tip: Edible objects can help
at snack time!

Train noises are strongly encouraged. Happy chugging and choo-choo-ing!

What you need:
At least two players (Engineer + Train), more if you have them
Signal Lights (red + green), print and colour ‘Train Signal’ colouring sheet or print
pictures or get one red sock + one green sock, whatever would work that can signal
stop and go!
Playing area – indoors, outdoors, hallway, field, driveway
Optional, chalk or tape to mark tracks to extend play

Instructions have been adapted from those at:
The Train (or Trains) line up, side-by-side at one end of the chosen playing area looking
at the Engineer who is standing looking at the Trains.
The Engineer will talk to the Trains by showing a signal. A Green signal gives the train
the go-ahead to move toward the Engineer. Trains should walk, walk quickly, or run,
depending the chosen playing area.
When Engineer shows a Red signal the trains must stop within a couple seconds or be
sent back to the beginning (station/train yard).
The Engineer continues to show signals until a train arrives. Play can go on with a
switch between Train and Engineer or the Train can restart.

Again, train noises are strongly encouraged. Happy chugging and choo-choo-ing!

More resources
For more adaptations visit:

What you need:
View on a screen or print out the ‘I Spy: Terrific Trains” image.

“I Spy with my little eye, a lot of fun things in this picture!” Using the text accompanying
the image look for all the items. Did your learner have a lot of fun? Much like the original I Spy books your learner could
create their own hunt to challenge an adult or another learner. Or to extend the fun
further, create their own I Spy “set-up” in real life or digitally to share.

More resources
Visit the following websites for more I Spy searching:

What you need:
Shapes – create your own with paper, construction paper, paper with colour or print out
‘Trains Take Shape’ worksheet. Colour and cut out.

Simply create a train using geometric shapes.
Ask your learner to create a train. They can choose to make just the engine, engine with
cars or just a train car. Whatever they like; the goal is to be able to name the shapes
they used when they are done.

Following the activity, you can look online for some other images of trains and engage
your learner with what you find. How different do new trains look to older ones? Does its
natural environment shape the train?

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