Transportation: Trains Week 3

 

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Welcome to a new series about Transportation on Mustard Seed Family.  From April-June I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a fun art activity and a gross motor activity.


Thumbprint Train

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[Materials]
  • White construction paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Markers

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To begin, ask your child to paint a hill, or bridge, or field.

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Then, ask your child to draw a track.  This is a great opportunity to teach them about parallel and perpendicular.  They need two lines that are the same distance apart (parallel) going in the same direction, and lines that connect the long lines (perpendicular).  If your child is too young to do this part or needs assistance, you can help them complete the track.

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Then, ask your child to use their thumbs to create the cars on the train.  Start with red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

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After the cars have dried, ask your child to draw wheels.

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They can outline the rail cars, draw windows, and add whatever finishing touches they would like to the painting.


Alphabet Tracks

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[Materials]
  • Chalk
  • Plastic Train

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First, draw letters a-z with chalk on the driveway/sidewalk.

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Then, ask your child to make tracks by drawing lines inside the letters like the picture above.  If this is too tricky for them, you could assist them or do it yourself.

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After the tracks are completed, your child can drive their toy trains on the tracks.  Your child won’t even realize that they are writing letters with their train!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Rainbow Felt

Stained Glass Flower Art

Spring Play-Dough Kits: Part 1

Spring Play-Dough Kits: Part 2

Transportation: Planes Week 1

Transportation: Planes Week 2

Transportation: Planes Week 3

Transportation: Trains Week 1

Transportation: Trains Week 2

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

 

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