Fun Transportation Ideas With Locomotive by Brian Floca (And a Poppins Book Nook Giveaway)

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Welcome to the April edition of Poppins Book Nook. After my post, you'll find a place to enter this month's giveaway!

This month's Poppins Book Nook theme was transportation. I had to think pretty hard to come up with a book about transportation for two little girls- my two willing book nook participants. I looked around at the library, and I had them look around at the library. Surprisingly we found several transportation themed books we liked. When I picked up Locomotive by Brian Floca, however, I knew that we had found this month's book.

Locomotive is a beautifully illustrated, Caldecott award winning picture book about the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad. Even though it's a picture book, this book is easily appropriate for upper elementary kids. It is a longer picture book, and the information about the railroad, where it was built, when it was built, and other details is information worthy of an upper elementary history study. The book does an excellent job tying in descriptions of the railroad along with the history of its building and the experience of riding in a steam train along the railroad. Even though my girls weren't sure about a book about a train, they quickly became rather enthralled as I was.

After we read Locomotive, we did these two activities.

I had a piece of poster board, and I actually had planned for the girls to make a railroad collage of sorts. But they had a different idea, and it actually turned out to be fun.

The started on separate ends of the poster board using two different colors of marker and drawing a railroad in their color. They met somewhere near the middle of the poster board- although we could tell from the map in the book that the real Transcontinental Railroad didn't meet in the middle.

When they met in the middle they worked together to place a "golden spike" (thumbtack).

I also had some construction paper and glue to make train collages.

Simply cut the construction paper into any shapes desired and glue them onto a background page to make a train picture.

As you can see, mine isn't a beautiful work of art!

Besides these activities, I found some others that would be fun to do when reading Locomotive or other books about trains.

Train counting for preschoolers

Grandpa Jerry’s train blog- Train videos and other activities

A short video about the Transcontinental Railroad from Teacher Tube

Don't forget to check out the Poppins Book Nook host Enchanted Homeschooling Mom. Jill has an incredible lapbook and bookmark pack, and every month she's adding lapbook components to go along with that month's theme. As you check out the co host blogs and get lots of reading ideas about transportation this month, you can add to your lapbook!

Poppins Book Nook Lapbook April 2014 Pack - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Check out my awesome co hosts below, and keep scrolling down to enter this month's giveaway!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual MayhemPreschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a Fort Magic Kit!  With Fort Magic you can bring all of the planes, trains, automobiles, and anything else your child can think of from your storybooks to life to interact with, play with, and make reading fun. The possibilities are only limited by your child’s imagination. Jump into a world of books today with Fort Magic! You can read a review of Fort Magic HERE.

The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook, in partnership with the Fort Magic. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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