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