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.