All Aboard! Come On, Ride the Train….

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Prerequisite: Save this activity for when a few of your kids have a good grasp at letters. We had a lot of success with Leapfrog Letter Factory. You could also break up the idea into a bag a day or week. Maybe decorate each bag with some pictures.

Fake flowers…in your go!

Ava and an apple

We left the ABC train out all week and embraced the mess. With 3 preschoolers, I was really good at that. Leaving it out let them try out other ideas. Some of those days it was a train. Another day it was a letter store and a rocket. Sometimes they’d be engaged in something else, stop and put a toy in a bag, and get back to what they were playing.

Maya and a monkey

Whatever pace fits your child and keeps them having fun! Expose and encourage, but don’t force an activity that’s not clicking. Try it again another time. Or, make a color or number train!  If your children are into trains, you may want to ride a real train together sometime. We did that for my son’s 2nd birthday! 

Don’t forget little brother, Dawson!

When you finish the train, it’s really fun to blast “C’Mon Ride the Train” and dance around as crazy as you feel;)  Show them a picture of how long the train was to this song at your wedding dance. They won’t get it, but you will, and it’ll make your day. Sanity Saved. They can play ABC train while you call your bridesmaids.

Epic…over 200 of my friends and family, ages 3-80, riding the train.

Don’t stress or panic about ABCs, just have fun with it! Play your way through the ABCS….hmm…play your way through life.

-Shelisa

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  1. Wow, this is such a fun project! I think my little one and I will be making some trains! :-)

    I’d love it if you’d link up at my Teaching Time for Toddlers Tuesday party.

    http://philwife.blogspot.com/2012/04/teaching-time-for-toddlers-tuesday.html

  2. Oh, this looks like so much fun! I will definitely do this sometime. We are just finishing working through the alphabet. But this would be such a fun follow up activity! Your kids are adorable!

  3. What fun! (And now I will be singing that song the rest of my day ;) )

  4. What a fun way to play with ABC’s we love trains and I could see this being a huge hit with mine.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week

  5. We are DEFINITELY doing this! Hokey flashback dance and all. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I am thinking of taking this outside and using chalk to draw the A-Z… but then we would have to carry everything outside… why not?

    • 2 Flowers, I like the way you think! You could always use lunch sacks and mini items. We made a few bags a day, before making the big train.

    • “which letter makes (sound).” Snugglebug tgohhut it was a fun game. Now he can id all the letters so we have a matching game. I have three capital letters out and three small letters out. Then we have a card with both the capital and the small letter. He has to search out the capital and the small letters matching the main card. Does that make sense?

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