Freight Train by Donald Crews
construction paper in a variety of colors
markers and crayons
1. Arrange the chairs in the room like a passenger car. Put on an engineer’s hat,
give each child a ticket, and blow a train whistle to announce the start of the
2. When everyone is seated and comfortable in the “train,” share train-related
books, songs, and fingerplays with them. Read Donald Crews’ Freight Train,
which incorporates colors and train car recognition. A good poem to read is
“Clickety-Clack” by David McCord. This wonderful poem makes an excellent
knee-slapping chant that children will enjoy. Also do the fingerplay “Choo-
Choo Train,” which can be found in many fingerplay collections.
3. End the train activity by making train headbands.
4. Copy the pattern of the freight train cars (see illustration). Trace onto
construction paper and cut out. Cut one out for each child.
5. Encourage each child to choose a train car cutout, color it, and glue it to a
construction paper strip to make a headband.