To promote the model railroad display that goes up in our library for an entire weekend, we did trains in this week’s storytime. This was my second train storytime, and while my audience is all new kiddos, I still wanted to create a new, fresh program plan.
I began storytime with The Littlest Train by Chris Gall. This is a cute story about a toy train who falls from the train table and goes on an adventure in the big world. It has sections that are perfect for letting the kids try to determine what happened, or what is happening based solely on the illustrations.
Next we sang a train adaptation of “The Wheels on the Bus.” I took my favorite verses from several different bloggers who did this song, and put them together to create my version. The kids had a lot of fun doing the actions, especially making the whistle sound.
The wheels on the train go clickety clack,
clickety clack, clickety clack
The wheels on the train go clickety clack
On the railroad track.
The engine on the train goes chug chug chug…
The conductor on the train says ticket please…
The whistle on the train goes whoo whoo whoo…
The people on the train go bounce bounce bounce…
The bell on the train goes ding dong ding…
Next, we read Here Comes the Train by Charlotte Voake. I chose this book, because it is so much different than the average train book. I love that it is focusing on the people watching the train go by rather than the train itself. We also had the wonderful experience of all the kiddos making the train whistle sound when I reached that point in the story, with zero prompting from me. It was glorious.
I was also excited to use our large train and tunnel prop for this storytime. You pull the train through the tunnel and reveal each new train car as you go.
This rhyme that I found on Jen in the Library, was a near perfect fit to use with the prop. I did have to shorten in, and rearrange a bit to get it to fit with my prop, but it worked out great. We did this short rhyme multiple times.
Here comes the train on the railroad track!
Here comes ENGINE number one.
Here comes BOX CAR number two.
Here comes COAL CAR number three.
Here’s the CABOOSE, that’s number four.
There goes the train on the railroad track!
Our last book was Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown. This book is fantastic, it compares a large passenger train and a child’s toy train as they both travel West. I loved the kids chuckles as we talked about the imaginative things the toy train was doing (like pretending the bathtub was a river).
For our craft this week we did this super simple project I found on Recipes for Reading. I created a basic train shape in publisher, printed them on cardstock, and let the kids color them with crayons then cut them out. Each child then got two wheels (cut from paper towel tubes) with slits cut in them. They just stick their completed train into the slits, and viola! a cute little train.