Have I ever mentioned that William loves trains? Loves trains! This simple train activity, or you could even call it a craft, is not only just plain fun for a train loving preschooler, but it also sneaks in a fair about of geometry and shape practice, too.
I have seen several shape trains where the outline of the train is given and the child is invited to find a shape that matches that of the train, but I wanted something more challenging for William. I wanted something that would encourage him to fit the pieces together within a given space, similar to a puzzle.
I began by drawing out a basic train outline on a sheet of card stock. I drew the same train shape on different colored pieces of construction paper. (This sounds labor intensive, but it wasn’t. Most of the train is basically a box shape.) Finally, I cut the box car shapes into smaller shapes, thus creating a puzzle like effect for William.
While working, William had to figure out what shapes and pieces would fit into the outline of the train I’d made on card stock. If it didn’t fit within the lines, he had to try something else. I did encourage him to lay out all the pieces of each box car before gluing, that way he could see better how the pieces could fit together.