Train Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Book: A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London, illustrated by Denis Roche

train goes clickety-clack

Rhyme: This Little Train

This little train ran up the track (run your fingers up arm)
toot, toot, toot (make train whistle sound)
And then it came toot-tooting back (run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot
(Credit: earlylit.net)

Song: “The Train Wheels are Rolling” (roll hands during chorus) – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

 

Book: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia

Song: “Wheels on the Train” (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The wheels on the train go clickety clack, clickety clack, clickety clack,
The wheels on the go clickety clack,
On the railroad tracks.

The engine on the train goes chug, chug, chug…
The conductor on the train says “ticket please…
The people on the train go bounce, bounce, bounce..
The whistle on the train goes toot, toot, toot…
(Credit: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes)

Song: “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” (this version is fun because there’s also a hot rod, boat, airplane, and taxi) – Wee Sing: Wee Sing in the Car

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews

freight train

Song: “Everybody Clap Your Hands” – Peter Moses: 90 Nifty Songs

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

Craft: Paper rectangles and number stickers on a track

 

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Train Story Time – Preschool

Opening Song

Book: And the Train Goes . . . by William Bee

And the Train Goes . . . book cover

Song: “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” – Wee Sing: Wee Sing in the Car

Flannel: I Love Trains by Philemon Sturges

I Love Trains book cover

Song: “The Freight Train” – Jane Murphy: Cars Trucks & Trains 

Book/Song: The Whistle on the Train by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Richard Egielski, paper engineering by Gene Vosough

The Whistle on the Train

Movement/Whistle: Train horn signals (“o” indicates short sounds and “=” is for longer sounds)

= Stop
= = Go
o o o Back up
= = o = Train is approaching public crossings

Big Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews

Freight Train book cover

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Track coloring sheet with train cars

Preschool story time train craft

Train Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language: Train

Book: Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Ant Parker

Terrific Trains book cover

Rhyme: This Little Train
This little train ran up the track (run your fingers up arm)
Toot, toot, toot (make train whistle sound)
And then it came toot-tooting back (run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot
(Credit: earlylit.net)

Rhyme: Away up high in the apple tree (lift baby)
I saw a little baby smiling at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake gently)
Down came the baby (bring down)
Mmm, was she good! (Kiss)

Rhyme: Trot, trot, trot to Boston (gently bounce baby on your knees)
Trot, trot, trot to Lynn.
Look out baby
You’re going to fall in (lower knees)

Book/Song: The Whistle on the Train by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Richard Egielski, paper engineering by Gene Vosough

The Whistle on the Train

Song: “Train Wheels Are Rolling” – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Rhyme: Balloon goes up (lift)
Balloon goes down (lap)
Balloon goes up to reach the clouds (lift high)
Storm rolls by (wiggle side to side)
Babe rocks down (sway to lap)
Made it home, safe and sound (hug and kiss)
(Credit: Leah Portz)

Flannel: The Train
Chug, chug, choo, choo, choo down the track.
First comes the engine with the coal car in back;
Boxcar, flat car, boxcar again;
Last the caboose at the end of the train.
(Credit: C.S. Peterson)

Song: Did you ever see a baby, a baby, a baby?
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that? (lean side to side)
Go this way and that way and this way and that way (lean front to back, side to side)
Did you ever see a baby go this way and that? (lean front to back)

Book (choral): Freight Train by Donald Crews

Freight Train book cover

Song (shaky eggs): “Train Song” – Bari Koral: Anna and the Cupcakes

Closing rhyme

Train Story Time – Baby

Opening song

Sign language for train

Book: A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London

train goes clickety-clack

Song: “The Train Wheels are Rolling” (roll hands during chorus) – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Rhyme: Icky bicky soda cracker (bounce)
Icky bicky boo
Icky bicky soda cracker
Up goes you! (lift baby)

Rhyme: X marks the spot (draw on baby’s back)
Dot, dot, dot,
Up and down, around and around,
Oooooh! (tickle)

Rhyme: This Little Train
This little train ran up the track (run your fingers up arm)
toot, toot, toot (make train whistle sound)
And then it came toot-tooting back (run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot
(Credit: earlylit.net)

Song: “Wake Up Toes” – Joanie Bartels: Morning Magic

Rhyme: Let’s go riding in an elevator
First floor, second floor, third floor, fourth floor (slowly lift baby)
Down (bring baby back down)

Book (choral): Freight Train by Donald Crews

Song: “Can You Shake Your Egg With Me?” (Tune: “London Bridge”)
Can you shake your egg with me,
Shake your egg along with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your knee!
(Repeat with head, tummy, etc.)
From Nancy Stewart; see nancymusic.com .

Song (shaky eggs): “Train Song” – Bari Koral: Anna and the Cupcakes

anna and the cupcakes

Closing rhyme