Another fun-filled week of playing and learning starring the super popular Choo! Choo! This week was easy to put together. My only purchases were train stamps and washable child safe ink. I set up some new activities for Carter’s trains and then just pulled out all of our train toys from around the house or stashed away in our toy cycle and put them in the basement. Train week was cheap, easy, filled with learning opportunities, and fun!!
1. Train Wash: I knew I couldn’t go wrong with water, bubbles, and trains. We gave all our trains a bath. They needed it! Carter actually used the little scrubber brush I had in the craft closet. He also rinsed off the trains with our beloved squirt bottles. Riley even got in on the action.
2. Tunnel: It is obvious I am not an engineer. I tried to make a tunnel out of this cardboard to learn the words through and around, but it was not sturdy making it frustrating for even the most patient toddler. Riley and I played with it more than Carter probably because I didn’t accidentally run into it every time I pushed the train through. I guess I learned a lesson there.
3. Little People Push, Pull, Twist Train: This has been a very much played with toy in our house. I bought it on a crazy Black Friday deal for Carter’s first Christmas. The doors of the buildings pop open when you push, pull, or twist the tops. Carter loves it; he even uses it as a racetrack for his hot wheels.
4. Felt Train Shape Puzzle: In an effort to include shapes and colors, I made this little train puzzle out of felt. I found a coloring page to print off and cut out the shapes to match. He mostly watched me put it together and listened to me tell him about the shapes and colors.
5. Train Stamps: Stamps are AWESOME!! He was completely obsessed. We got the train stamps from Hobby Lobby, and I let him pick out the colors he wanted. We started out stamping the paper; then daddy showed him how he could stamp his hand. Then the whole family got a train stamp on their hands. We loved the stamps!
6. Geotracks: Carter got his Geotracks for Christmas, and they have been quite a hit. I think daddy likes playing with the Geotracks as much as Carter does. I guess they are mesmerizing and exciting to play with.
7. Cardboard Train: My attempt to make a cardboard train is lame, I know. I don’t even think Carter knew it was supposed to be a train, but it was fun none the less. I cut a door in the back for him to crawl in and out of and a hole in the top to poke his head out of. I made some cars to put his buddies in tied on with a little rope.
8. Wooden Trains: Lastly, I brought his train table from his room down to the basement with the wooden push trains.
Cartio Rating: 10/10