Planes, Trains and Automobiles – PBN

This month we have been exploring all about trains as part of the Poppins Book Nook theme for April – Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

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The book we chose for this month was an old family favourite called The Little Red Train to the Rescue written and illustrated by Benedict Blathwayt.  This is a charming book about how the Little Red Train and its driver called Duffy embark on a journey full of excitement and adventures!  Peakles loves to join in with the chuffity chuffity chuff noises that the train makes. Her SCREECH that she shouts when Duffy has to quickly brake is truly funny and deafening at the same time.

The illustrations are rich and full of detail that prompt lots of discussion around the main story and can help you child develop further story lines. We always wonder what the animals that stow away on the train will get up to next.  The story also includes other themes like team work and helping others in times of need. Duffy the driver gets a wonderful reward of tea and cake when he finally reaches his destination. This book is aimed at 3+ years for accompanied reading with an adult and 6 years plus for a child reading on their own. I would definitely recommend this book and others in the series too.

Trains for Trains, Planes and Automobiles

There are lots of other activities that you can do with your children about trains and one of the simplest one is to make your own train! Use a selection of boxes, sit various children and toys in each box and off you go! Peakles has visited the land of Pinkness, seen volcanoes, rushed past huge sweets and candies and come to a halt at the ocean!  All from the safety of our front room! If you don’t have spare boxes then try using cushions, carpet squares, sheets of paper or towels to sit on. Add a big dollop of imagination and off you go WHOOO HOOOO!

Imaginative role play trains

After our adventures on our imaginary train Peakles wanted to make some more trains, we used building blocks and DUPLO (LEGO for younger children) to create fantastic trains.

DUPLO building block train

We also dipped into our recycling box and found some boxes, kitchen towel inner tubes, a yoghurt pot and some black paper. We painted the boxes and left them to dry. once they were dry Peakles stuck them all together to make a fabulous junk modelling train – she even added some black paper windows and some wheels. We hope to take our model with us for our next visit to the train station very soon!

Junk modelling train

After all that excitement Peakles was feeling rather hungry.  Here is her wonderful steam train snack although it did not take long for Peakles to demolish the train and eat it all up!

Yummy food train

We really enjoy being part of Poppins Book Nook and we do hope that you click on some of the other fantastic bloggers and the books they have been exploring this month.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids

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5 thoughts on “Planes, Trains and Automobiles – PBN

  1. What a great train journey with delicious buffet car. If only our grownup travels were as adventurous and exciting. Brilliant ideas.

  2. That is the coolest snack! I am also loving your idea of using boxes to make a train. I don’t think we have read this book yet, but with so many great ideas {thank you!} I have to add it to our must read list.

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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