Category: Other Theme Printables

{Little Mathematicians} Trains Roll and Graph

Thing 1 is obsessed with trains.  Part of the Saxon 1 math curriculum we are loosely following called for graphing one day this week.  One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is being able to adapt the material to my sons’ interests.  So instead of graphing the hair color in our household, which wouldn’t be a very fun graph, I created a roll and graph activity for Thing 1.  He LOVED it.  He actually asked me if I could print him off another one so that he could have the different colored trains “race” again.

This activity let’s him practice his graphing and counting.  It also allowed us to talk about ordinal numbers as well as what a “tie” is when it comes to competition.

HERE is a copy of the printables I made.  It includes the graph, a paper die to put together or pictures that can be used in a photo cube.

Here are a few other math ideas that go with a train theme.

Train Math Activities

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    Train Math Activities

    Thing 1 is obsessed with trains.  On a daily basis you can find him playing trains, begging you to play trains, drawing trains, begging you to draw trains or reading about trains.  With this weeks theme being transportation, I knew we would  have a day with trains.  Since we are doing kind of an off week as I restructure our home school, I am focusing more on the fun activities as opposed to some of the other things that are not as much fun (like handwriting). 

    Today we did two math train activities.  We did both of these activities using our wooden Thomas the Tank Engine trains, but you could use paper trains or even cars.

    Engine Shed Game


    numbered parking spaces {HERE}
    I die {6 sided or 12 sided}

    To Play:

    We used the 12 sided die, so I would roll the die and call out the number.  He would drive his car to the appropriate numbered engine shed.

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    If you are using a 6 sided die that only has dots (not numerals) then you can let your kiddo roll the die, count the dots, then park his train.  {This was going to be my plan with Thing 2, but he took a much needed nap today.}

    You could also turn this into an addition activity by using multiple dice and changing the numbers on the board accordingly.

    Making Trains


    at least one 6 sided die
    trains (or cars)

    To Play:

    Take turns rolling the die.  The number that you roll corresponds to the number of “coaches” (trains) that you get to add to your train.  At the end of 6 rounds.  You add up the total number of trains to see who has the longest train.

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    This game was a big hit.  What made it even better is that it introduced several math concepts.  The first was one to one correspondence, in counting the dots on the die as well as at the end when we counted all the trains.  Secondly, it introduced the idea of addition.  Lastly, we talked about measurement, because some trains are longer than other trains, so you couldn’t just look at the trains to see who won, you had to count. 

    We played this game several times and we probably would have played a little more, but after I beat Thing 1 for the third time, he was done and just wanted to play. 

    Can you think of any other variations to these games?

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    Theme : L is for Lions

    I am excited for this week.  We are going to going to get into our schooling routine.  The boys want it.  I need it.  So it is time to get my tail feather in gear and get it done.  So we are starting with the letter L.  L, you ask, that is not how the alphabet starts.  But like I wrote a couple of weeks ago, L is the easiest upper and lower case letter to write.  Since I want to focus a little bit on Thing 1’s handwriting and Thing 2 is just beginning to write.  I figured L was the perfect place to start.  So here it is.

    Lesson Plan:  This has what I have planned out and if it is something that I did not create myself, it has the link to where it can be found.  Click the picture to download.

    L is for Lion Lesson Plan Advertisement

    Here are the materials that I created to go with L is for Lion.  Click the picture to download.

    L is for Lion Printable Advertisment

    I know the boys are excited about this week, especially since we have been watching a lot of The Lion King.

    We are going to ROAR into a great week!

    18 Wheelers

    About a month back, I asked the boys what they wanted to learn about.  We happened to be in the car at the time.  So one of the subjects that came up was 18 wheelers.  Thus, the reasoning behind this weeks theme.  The boys also like to watch Ice Road Truckers, so this is a very boy inspired theme this week at our house. 

    Click {18 Wheelers Lesson Plan } to view the PDF file.

    18 Wheeler

    Also, I have created a few pages that we will be using during this weeks theme.

    Click {18 Wheeler Files } to get the files.

    To be honest, I am not sure how much of this lesson plan we are going to actually do this week.  I got back from San Francisco last night and we are leaving to go out of town on Friday.  So it is going to be a short/fast week.

    Happy Truckin’!