The past month’s so far have been:
- The book: Where the Wild Things Are with a Math Activity: Sailboat Tangrams
- The book: Llama Llama Red Pajama with a Math Activity: Patterns & Symmetry
- The book: Madeline with an Art & Color Activity: Exploring Art and Color
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.
After we read the book, we played a little game that reinforced shapes & counting.
SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED
- The Little Engine That Could Book
- Wooden Block (1 1/4”) (31.8mm)
- Woodsies Rectangles
- Woodsies Squares
- Woodsies Circles
- Block, Track, & Math Templates (template download at end of post)
HOW TO MAKE
 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.  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
 Print out a track page for each player.
 Place square shapes, rectangle shapes, & circle shapes in different sizes in the center.
 With (or without) a timer have each kid roll the wooden die/block determining what shape they will have to use.
 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.
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