Train Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language for train

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

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

Flannel: The train. This one has been in our files for a long time! I like that it’s simple, and that you can talk about the colors and count the cars at the end. (Source: C.S. Peterson)

Chug, chug, 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.


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: “Monkey Dance” – The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy

Song: “Shake Your Sillies Out” – The Wiggles: Yummy Yummy

Song: “Walking, Walking” – Old Town School of Folk Music: Songs for Wiggleworms

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

Closing rhyme

Craft: Die-cut train cars on the letter T made out of tracks

t is for train