Thursday, February 17, 2011

Once Upon A Book ~ The Little Engine That Could



 The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Summary:  A classic, this book tells the story of a little engine that must get to the other side of the mountain to give gifts and toys to all the good little girls and boys.  Like the story of the Good Samaritan, the initial passerby's wouldn’t help.  But finally one engine helps just in time to deliver the presents.  Use this story to encourage your Tot to help others in need or to comprehend that he/she can do all things through Christ. 

Bible Verse

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)


Head on over to Make Learning Fun for some great train pintables.  We use various sized magnets and place the printable on top of a metal cookie sheet.

Toy Train Fun

If you have a train collection, help your Tot:

  • push the train


  • connect the trains


  • count the trains


  • make a mountain and have the little train say, “I know I can.  I know I can.  I know I can through Jesus.”


Other ideas: 

  • sort trains by color
  • chose three lengths of trains and practice lining them up from shortest to longest
  • have your Tot line all of the trains in a long row


Head on over to Michaels and purchase these great wooden trains to spell your child’s name.  Your child will become familiar with the letters in their name while playing with them.  You can also allow them to paint said trains.


Have fun with Do-A-Dots . . . we sure did!  By the way, this printable is from Preschool Post, which also has many other great ideas and a complete lesson plan regarding trains.


Gabe actually had more fun opening and closing the markers instead of using them for their intended purpose.  This is a great fine motor exercise for your Tot.


 Shape Train


To make this train, head on over to Little Page Turners.

Spelling Train

While you are there, check out the spelling train.


Want to see what's coming next (and books we've done in the past)? Click here to see our Once Upon a Book webpage!

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The Princess and the Tot said...

This is one of Super Tot's favorite books right now! I read 2 versions of it to him yesterday (several times each)! I love your ideas that go along with the book.

Michelle said...

This may be my first time to comment over here.

I wanted to say that my 3 year old son also enjoys taking the lids off and on the bingo daubers (or whatever they are called). He also likes to take the lids and stack them. LOL