Monday, August 27, 2012

Books = Fun: The Little Engine That Could

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We have a train lover in our house. AJ (age 3) has loved trains for some time now, so we've accumulated quite a collection of train toys and books. One of our favorite books is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. We decided to expand on the story by making our own Little Engines.

Supplies Needed:
Construction paper (several colors)
Glue sticks
Old magazines

The girls started by assembling some pre-cut shapes to form the train. We used several sizes of squares and rectangles for our trains. Once they had glued their pieces down, they started looking for toys to fill it up. They searched through a few old magazines and catalogs to find toys for their train. They then cut and glued their pictures into the train car. 

After our trains were full, we used markers to add the details. Lizzie (age 5) added wheels, a window, smoke, and even a smiley face.

AJ (age 3) filled her train so full of toys that it could barely move! We had fun exploring one of our favorite books and hope to explore many more of our favorites this way.

We're always on the lookout for more books about trains. Do you have any recommendations?

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