Children love trains! There is something magical and engaging about hooking one train car to another, and moving along a track. Children make trains out of boxes, chairs, their toys and each other. Although most children do not have access to ‘climb aboard’ a train, most do live close enough to a train track to have watched a train go by!
Many early childhood and school readiness skills can be addressed through this fascination with trains. Through hands-on activities, children:
· Learn about the size of a train engine
· Use laminated train cars to spell their name, other words or put the alphabet letters in order
· Make a ‘train’ whistle
· Go on a pretend train ride
Although most children do not have access to ‘climb aboard’ a train, most do live close enough to a train track to watch a train go by. Taking a ‘trip’ on a cardboard box sparks imagination and creativity, encourages language and vocabulary development, and helps children acquire cognitive skills.