Summer Reading Adventure: Week 5 – The Little Engine That Could

Summer Reading Adventure with The Little Engine That Could activities, crafts, snacks and more!
Little Engine That Could Activities, Crafts, Snacks & more! - Mom On Timeout

Wow!  I can’t believe we are already in Week 5 of the Summer Reading Adventure!  
I hope you all are getting some great ideas for activities and hopefully learning about some new books that you don’t have yet.  
Here’s a recap of the books we’ve featured so far:
Week 1: Tickle Monster
Week 2: The Rainbow Fish
Week 3: Skippyjon Jones
Week 4: A Bad Case of Stripes
Make sure to visit the linky below for some wonderful book-related ideas and inspiration!

 This week I am sharing a classic The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.  

Having two boys that are heavily into trains, The Little Engine That Could is naturally a frequent read in our home.  I love the story and message it sends to children to believe in yourself and just TRY! The Little Blue Engine had faith in herself and made it up over that big mountain because of her confidence and the effort she put out.  While our children may not succeed in every endeavor they attempt in their life, I do hope that they will not be afraid to try.  I consider trying something new a success in and of itself and I encourage my boys to not be afraid to try new things.  Such a great classic book and a wonderful story that both my boys enjoy!

A day filled with train activities and crafts in not uncommon in our house :)  The boys love anything train-related so it’s fun to get them involved and excited.  After letting the boys play with trains for awhile….

…we had a train-tastic lunch.  I used a train cookie cutter to cut their sandwiches, pretzels and red vines to make the train tracks and ties, and blueberries for the puffs of smoke.  I made their lunches while they were busy playing and they were so excited to see their “Train Lunch”.

We finished our day with a fun craft project where we attempted to recreate the Little Blue Engine.  I realize this looks like a lot of steps but it really came together very quickly.  I used a Lipton Iced Tea box but any rectangle will do.  We covered it in blue foam that we cut out after tracing the sides onto the foam.  Let the kids cut and trace if they are old enough.  Next was the wheels.  We used black foam and styrofoam plates for the wheels.  Use any circular object to help make the wheels more uniform.  Our aren’t exactly perfect but that’s okay :) We glued the black foam onto the styrofoam for structural support and then glued the wheels onto the blue box.
I made the smokestack by forming foil around a kitchen funnel.  It actually worked really well!  I poked a hole in the top of the engine and then used sandwich picks to stabilize the funnel.  Finally we added details with gold pipe cleaner.  Reece insisted on building a second blue box to go up on top of the engine so we added that at the end :)
I think our Little Blue Engine turned out so cute!  Reece and Bryce love her!  

Now it’s your turn, LINK AWAY!

  • Pick your favorite children’s book
  • Blog about the book inspired activity, recipe or craft
  • Stop by and link up!
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  1. Trish, thanks for hosting!

  2. That looks like such fun! We used to have a Live Steamers near us. We took the kids several times before they had to close the site to the public because of insurance and a small accident. Now we just visit the Railroad Museum of PA to get our train fix!

  3. I *love* the train lunch! My little boy would be so impressed by that.

  4. What great ideas! I can’t wait to check out the ideas on the other sites as well. The lunch train is awesome!

    I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

  5. This is super cute! I wish I had found this earlier this summer but I am still going to have to do some of these reading adventures with my 4 year old when his big sis and brother go back to school! He will love it! I am also going to share on my personal Facebook page! I think some of the other moms and teachers at my kiddos’ school would love these!

  6. What a great idea! My husband is a teacher and I’m an aide at my kid’s elementary school. This is such a fun idea, thanks for liking up! You’ve been featured! Stop by to share more ideas on DIY Thrifty Thursday and gab an “I was featured” button while you are there!

  7. Such a cute train! I’ve been saving all of these book activities and just put in a request for the books at my library. Can’t wait for them to come in!

  8. What an amazing idea! I am excited to check out the ideas that have been linked up. Megan

  9. My son loves trains–this is really cute!

  10. These are great train ideas. My son also loves his trains. I have to run out and find a train cookie cutter!!

  11. That snack is so cute! I love the upcycled train. The smoke stack is awesome! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  12. love this book and what a wonderful activity to go along with it

  13. a classic book! You did great activities to go along with it…especially love the lunch!

  14. Thank you so much for sharing these activities. My LO is very into Choo Choo’s right now and she’d be thrilled to have a train sandwich! Pinning!

  15. My kids love this movie! You have such great ideas! We are now following you!
    Brooke from

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