Math with Thomas the Tank Engine

Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

When Baloo was younger he was really into Thomas the Tank Engine – really really into!  For 2 years the only thing he got for birthdays and Christmas was trains and tracks.  They haven’t been out in awhile, but now that we have some space they have been out every day for weeks!  Baloo loves to put together large intricate tracks, and Royal and Logi-Bear love playing with his set-ups!

The other day I thought it was time to put the trains to good use – math practice!  I threw together a few quick math sheets that we could use with the trains and we were set!

I had considered not using any worksheet type materials, but Baloo needs all the handwriting practice he can get.  I hate forcing him to do handwriting sheets so I try to sneak it in wherever I can.

I started by asking the boys to get out ALL of the trains.  We made a big pile.

Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

Then we sorted them by color.  I tried to have Royal very involved in this part, but he was in a really goofy mood.
Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

I had Baloo use tally marks to count the trains, and Royal did the graphing sheet.
Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

Once we were finished with counting the, we moved onto comparing.  Baloo wrote the amounts and I had him add in greater than or less than.
Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

Then we moved onto measuring.  I have a few measuring tapes from sewing and have donated a few to the boys school cabinet.  I’ve seen them carrying the tape measures around a few times now!  Baloo measured according to the sheet and wrote down the answers.  He thought Gordon would be longer for sure!
Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

By this point most of the trains had been taken over by the younger boys, so Baloo and I grabbed a handful of green, red, blue, and brown for math.  I would set up the trains separated by color while he counted them and wrote down the equation.  Then we would connect them so he could complete the problem.
Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

We finished off by making a large number line town.  We made the train tracks and then drew in some buildings – a house, library, grocery store, hotel, and McDonalds.  Baloo later added in a few more – train station, bank, another house…
Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

Baloo choose a train (Toby) and I told him where to go.  We started at the house and I told him to move 6 spaces.  He would count, tell me where he ended up, and write the problem.
Math with Thomas - 1st grade measuring, adding, comparing and more!

 

Check out The Pleasantest Thing for some great train math ideas for preschoolers!  I would have loved to do more with Royal but he was in such a goofy mood he wouldn’t even sit still!

You can download my Thomas math sheets here!

Comments

  1. x

    My son is going to LOVE this!! :)  Thanks!

  2. x

    GREAT ideas for math!

  3. x

    These are fantastic ideas!  And the worksheets are great.  I'm looking forward to using them with my son.  I'll be pinning this post to my Preschool Math and Train-Themed Activities boards.  Thanks for sharing!  If you're looking for another train math activity, check out my son's favorite game, Dice Cars (http://play-trains.com/dice-cars-train-math-game/).

  4. x

    There are so many fun ways to play with trains and learn math. Great ideas! Thank you also for linking to me! :)

  5. x

    We have tons of Thomas the Trains!! Great ideas!!!! Thanks for sharing!
     

  6. x

    This is fantastic.  I know I can get aarya to do some counting like yh. Thank you foranother great idea =)o

  7. x

    These are awesome!  My son is going to be so excited!

  8. x

    Awesome! Thank you :-D 

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