Welcome to April’s Poppins Book Nook Children’s Book Club! I really hope you are joining us again this month and got a chance to check out all the amazing books, ideas, and crafts that were shared by my fellow Poppins Book Nook Co-Hosts! There were so many different books and ideas shared with our Where in the World? theme that you definitely don’t want to miss out on all the new great ideas being shared!
For the month of April our book was based on the theme of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! I was excited about the theme because it’s not really something the girls are really into, so it would definitely change up our book reading a bit from princesses, castles, and fairies 🙂 Daddy of course was very excited about the theme and even helped us with our craft this month!
I laid out several books that would go with our Planes, Trains, and Automobiles theme this month. It was between All Aboard the DinoTrain and The Little Engine That Could, but when I read both stories the girls absolutely fell in love with The Little Engine That Could! They absolutely loved how the little engine is full of toys and I love that it has a wonderful message about kindness.
- Shoe boxes
- Construction paper to cover your shoe box and lid
- Glue, scissors, and staples
- Yarn or string
- Toy friends to ride your train
The girls were so excited to get started on their trains!
Step 1: Choose a color of construction paper for your train and black construction paper for the lid and train wheels.
Step 2: Wrap your shoe box with your choice of construction paper. You can either wrap your box all at once like the picture on the left and just cut out excess paper or you can measure each side of your shoe box and cut out the pieces individually. Using either a staple or craft glue wrap your box completely in the paper. I did both methods and I found that gluing it looked better 🙂
Step 3: Cover your lid with black construction paper using craft glue or a stapler. Cut the edges so that you can easily fold the flaps inside the box.
Step 4: Place your shoe box on the lid. The lid will be your train base and where you will glue on your wheels.
Step 5: Simply cut out 6 circles and glue on the bottom of the train. There should be 2-3 wheels on each side depending on how big your shoe box is. Kaelyn had a larger box with 3 wheels on each side and Kaidence ended up with 2 on each side because her box was a bit smaller.
Step 6: Using your scissors tips or a hole puncher, place a hole on the front and the back of your box.
Step 7: Using yarn or string, pull through all of the holes until you have a piece of string hanging from the front and a piece from the back. If you are making a train that does not need to be taken apart later on you will not need that extra piece in the back. I left a piece of long string on the back so that when the girls wanted to play individually with their trains I could just cut them apart 🙂
Step 8: On the inside of your box tie a knot right in front of each hole. This will keep the string from going through the holes.
Step 9: Add some friends to your train and you are ready to go!
Step 10: If you wish to detach the train, just cut the middle string and you are all set to go 🙂 The girls really enjoyed playing and pulling their friends on their train.
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Did you join us this month? What book did you choose?