Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Hear the Train A'Comin'


Today is day 23 of SOLC over at Two Writing Teachers!  We are close, oh, so close to April!

Let's see...Saturday...
It was a gorgeous day yesterday and we went outside twice to play in the driveway area.  The lawn area is too muddy and has lots of branches and leaves that need cleaning up.
The day we went to WalMart, I bought sidewalk chalk.  And today we went outside and drew with chalk again.  I had made a line on the driveway to show him how far away from the road he needed to be, and some lines around cars in the driveway so he'd know I didn't want him to touch them.  The lines became roads to him and he was trotting around on them.  That gave me an idea to draw a line with cross lines on it to be a railroad track...in some places I started to draw the second rail, too, but my back was not enjoying drawing down past my ankles, and the chalk was getting pretty short, so I stopped before all of it was done.  He didn't mind that it wasn't complete, nor that my back hurt.  It all still looked like a train track to him, and I needed to get over the backache and get playing.  There's not much that could be cuter than a tiny human Thomas Train chugging on the tracks and giving loud tooooot, tooooots!


I was going to say "I wish I had a picture, but I forgot and only got some videos".  But then I realized I could take a screen shot in the stopped video.




19 comments:

  1. Get the book "Freight Train"-terrific! This looks like lots of toddler fun, Donna!

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    1. I think I'll get that one. I haven't seen it here in his collection of books. He loves all things train, plane and tractor! He will even sit enthralled for "The Caboose Who Got Loose" by Bill Peet. Having a great time...I'll have to write about some of the "time outs" though. It certainly isn't like totally smooth going every minute!

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  2. Loved it! Look for Dog Train by Sandra Boynton...poetry/songs...Kohl's had it as one of their books for kids several years ago...the book came with a CD.

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    1. I have not seen that one here yet. I'm surprised. My daughter loves the Boynton books.

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  3. Aah, the joys of playing make-believe with a two-year-old—time outs and all! I enjoyed this and look forward to returning. All the best!

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    1. I'm having a wonderful time. It can be a roller-coaster ride at times, but it is so worth it every minute!

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  4. This is precious. I can totally imagine it, too. Thanks!

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  5. Precious time spent playing! So worth it!

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  6. Chalk tracks are too fun, especially when you are two. Hope the back is feeling better.

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    1. It was a lot of fun! I hope we have a few more days that are warm enough to play outside before I have to go home.

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  7. The worlds you can create with a chalk. Lines and lots of fun. may your back feel better soon, for more drawing.

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    1. Chalk is great fun - I just have to find some longer-lasting stuff! Oooh, and a long stick to tie a piece to!

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  8. Thank YOU for fostering imagination in your young son. It is not only cute, but so important and so special! His memories will be so much sweeter and richer than video games and TV shows. I wish all children could experience chalk play with their mommies!

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    1. Actually, he's my grandson - I'm babysitting for 2 weeks. But my daughter and son-in-law are doing a great job of nurturing his creativity. I am just continuing the wonderful work they are doing! Grandson only watches 30 minutes of a "hand-picked" video right before bedtime, and then it is up to get ready for bed with a bedtime story, song and prayers. Every day is a FULL day!

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  9. They do love their trains. And, it's true, there's nothing cuter than watching little ones play - or more life affirming, for that matter.

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  10. Just read this...love the picture. I can just imagine what his mind was creating while running along the train tracks. Great idea! jackie

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