Picture Book Month: All Aboard The Dinotrain Book & Craft

All Aboard The DinoTrain Book and Craft

November is Picture Book Month! You can read more about what this means in my earlier post here. We are reading All Aboard The DinoTrain by Deb Lund and making a dinotrain of our own out of plastic baby food containers. You can go to your local library to find the book or you can order it on Amazon here.All Aboard The Dinotrain

Our 2 year old loves this book! It’s about 6 dinosaurs who take the Dinotrain and it breaks down so they have to push the cars. They try pushing the cars up a large hill but decide that the freight they’re carrying is too heavy so they toss it out. After a little while they run into more problems when the breaks go out and they decide to jump into the water! They all decide to pile onto a handcar to make it back home to their families.

We decided that it would be fun to make a dinotrain out of baby brothers plastic baby food containers! This was a great chance for us to discuss recycling also. First, I washed out the baby food containers, I used 1 large container for the engine and 3 small containers for the cars, then I let our 2 year old paint them whatever colors he wanted. I helped him to cover the entire surface of the containers. Once they were dry I painted over them with ModPodge to seal the paint.

All Aboard The DinoTrain

Once they were all dry I used an exacto knife to cut a small hole in the short side of the container to put a pipe cleaner through. Once I had the pipe cleaner through the hole, I bent it over a little so that it wouldn’t come out. Do this to each “car” to connect them to each other.

All Aboard the Dinotrain

 

After they’re all connected I flipped the large container upside down. I left the 3 cars with the open side facing up so that we could put dinosaurs inside! It was very easy and he has a lot of fun playing with it!

All Aboard The Dinotrain

I hope that you all take time to read All Aboard The Dinotrain by Deb Lund and create a Dinotrain of your own!

8 thoughts on “Picture Book Month: All Aboard The Dinotrain Book & Craft

    1. Thank You. We go through so many baby food jars and containers and I hate just tossing them into the recycle bin. The boys really like it book, our 8 year old caught onto the fact that there was a book about the dinoplane from the last page of this book, so we’ll have to get that one next!

  1. Super cute. I love simple, creative crafts made from every day items. It’s a great way to inspire kids to read and imagine.

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