Build A Train Game

A new year, a new Virtual Book Club for Kids month!  This month, January, our selected book is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.

The past month’s so far have been:

Build A Train Game!  Reinforce shapes & counting with a fun little game.  from @mamamissblog

The Little Engine That Could is a favorite of V&T’s, and one that is usually kept in our character books section in our home classroom – it’s a great story of perseverance, motivation and the power of positive thinking.  It’s a timeless book to keep in your classics (even when you might think they’ve outgrown it) or to add to your collection now.





Build A Train Game!  Reinforce shapes & counting with a fun little game.  from @mamamissblog

After we read the book, we played a little game that reinforced shapes & counting.

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED

Optional:

HOW TO MAKE

[1] Print out the three pages.  An optional step would be to laminate the addition sheet & train track sheet for extended play (this is what I did).  Don’t laminate the block/dice template though, it would make it difficult to glue. [2] Cut out the templates.  Glue and/or Mod Podge the block templates to the block – use one of each & then decide which of the extra two you want to add (we used an extra circle & a you pick).  You’ll have two extras left over that you can just trash.  I glued them to the block using Gloss Mod Podge & a small foam brush, it dried super quick too!

HOW TO PLAY

[1] Print out a track page for each player.

[2] Place square shapes, rectangle shapes, & circle shapes in different sizes in the center.

[3] With (or without) a timer have each kid roll the wooden die/block determining what shape they will have to use.

[4] There are several ways to play:

  • Set the timer.  Have each child go back & forth rolling the die building a train (or lots of trains) as fast as they can before the timer is up.
  • Set it up as an invitation to play with the shapes to build on the track page without the die.
  • Just play openly, no one wins/loses, just keep taking turns rolling the die and building.
  • Add a math twist to the mix and use the enclosed math tally sheets to count how many squares, rectangles, & circles each player used.
  • Add other things to the track page besides the train – have them build other elements that utilize these shapes.  Perhaps a circle for a sun, and it’s rays small rectangles.  A tree or sign using rectangles.  Let their imaginations wander and build.

 

Build A Train Game!  Reinforce shapes & counting with a fun little game.  from @mamamissblog

Build A Train Game!  Reinforce shapes & counting with a fun little game.  from @mamamissblog

MORE AWESOME CRAFTS & ACTIVITES INSPIRED BY

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

for this month’s for Virtual Book Club for Kids.

 

Train Color Sorting Activity ::  Mom Inspired Life
Train Shapes Activity :: The Pleasantest Thing
Train Themed Treat for Kids ::  Toddler Approved
  Train Challenge ::  Preschool Powol Packets
ABC Activity ::  Growing Book by Book
 I Think I CAN Sight Word Activity ::  Still Playing School
Train Science ::  Inspiration Laboratories
 Tracing Shapes with Trains ::  I Can Teach My Child!

INSPIRE OTHERS BY SHARING!!



Build A Train Game!  Reinforce shapes & counting with a fun little game.  from @mamamissblog

 

Build A Train Game!  Reinforce shapes & counting with a fun little game.  from @mamamissblog

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