Schooling Together: Thomas Tank Engine

 

So I gather all the children together, along with all the Thomas toys we own, make up some snacks and let them at it!  Simple and effective 🙂

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Cutting the bread into train shapes
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All the shapes, ready for the grill
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Toasted and marmited

After a snack the children get on to the serious business of playing and building relationships:

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T10 busy building the track
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He’s left lots of space in the middle for little children!

Whilst he does this the older girls take one younger one each and do some tray activities:

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L9 ready and waiting (for A4 to finish eating her toast!)
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Doing more trays together
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Activities including a reusable sticker book, a giant floor puzzle and a shapes activity
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Doing the puzzle together
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Using the sticker book

Even B1 gets in on the action (We went a bit over board on B1 photos especially for Granny.)

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Two of B1’s trays: an activity sheet with paint pens and some word cards
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A1 doing painting
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So cute
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B1’s trays: play dough and train dough cutters; paper with Thomas stickers; train shape puzzle
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Play doughing
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Puzzle
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Sticking

After doing their trays they join T10 on the floor for some train play:

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A4
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A1
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Together, just how it should be….

Whilst everyone is happily playing I make our muffin tin meal  (pop over to Michelle’s wonderful blog for more muffin tin meal ideas: http://michellesjournalcorner.blogspot.co.uk/).   We use Heinz Thomas Tank Engine pasta shapes in tomato sauce and some Thomas shaped crisps.  I cut some cheese slices into a train shape (to place on the pasta if desired).  I also make up a fruit salad train with whatever I have on hand.  The last touch is some homemade banana muffins with cinnamon icing with a Thomas edible label stuck on them.  Not very imaginative, but the best I can do on a Friday afternoon!

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Bits and pieces all ready for assembling
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Cakes made and iced
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Our weekly Thomas Tank muffin tin meal
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My little girl with one of her favourite meals of the week

After lunch, they all relax in front of a Thomas DVD, blowing their Thomas whistles at the TV screen!

10 comments

  1. Haha I love that pic of your son grinning with his eyes closed! My daughter does that too 🙂 Ohh those muffin tray meals look delicious – simple (ish – if I ignore all the lovely cutting out of train shapes!) yet yummy xx

  2. Ummm…this is seriously cool!! We LOVE Thomas and while we use some of the Thomas games for school I never thought about having a Thomas day. What a great idea!! thanks for sharing!!

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