Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Love Train

With our focus on kindness the past few weeks, I have felt it was important to talk with my daughter about the importance of being kind to EVERYONE regardless of what they look like and where they are from. 
Inspired by the words below of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation were they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character ."
"I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls."
as well as the song Love Train by the O'Jays, and  Donald Crews' book, Freight Train - I thought that making a "Love Train" of our own would be a fun way to teach about loving and accepting everyone. 

Would you like to make one too? First, print out an engine and as many box cars as you will need (I've provided black and white versions here and here).

 Cut out around three sides of each boxcar door - so that the door will have a lift-the-flap effect.

Place a piece of contact paper (slightly larger than the door) on the back of the train (so that when you flip the train over and open the door the sticky side of the contact paper will be facing up).

Have your child arrange faces cut from magazines behind the door of each boxcar.  If you don't have contact paper, you could also mount your train on another piece of paper and glue or tape the faces on.

Line up your love train and display (or play with) it.

Wouldn't it be fun to get everyone dancing together (in train formation) to this song at your Kindness Celebration?


  1. Thank you for sharing. My baby will be happy to make that train. He LOVES these stuff!


  2. Awesome! I'll be linking to this post this week from . :) Thanks for a great train idea!

  3. Hi- this is so great, but is there a new link? The old one seems to take me to some of your other stuff.


    1. Carrie here are the links to check out and If for some reason they don't work just email me toddlerapproved at gmail dot com


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