18 April 2017
I did a train storytime recently, and not only was it a lot of fun to read books on a very popular topic, but I had the opportunity to provide lots of literacy skills practice during our craft.
Opening Rhyme: Open Them, Shut Them
Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds
Book: Trains by Patricia Hubbell
Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Book: Train Man by Andrea Zimmerman
Rhyme/Game: Dinosaur, Dinosaur, are you behind the [color] door?
Song: "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"
Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews
Craft: For our craft, we made name trains. I found a train coloring page online and copied the engine picture, then shrank it to a quarter sheet. Each child colored an engine, cut it out, and glued it to their paper. Then we added square "cars" behind the engine with our name letters on them. This was a great opportunity for my young patrons to practice cutting, pasting, and writing, and they all pointed to the letters in their names and told me what they were. I love being able to demonstrate this type of activity for the parents and caregivers, as it models a literacy project they can do in their own home as well.