Inspired by Flannel Friday! This Little Train

Three years ago, I created a pattern for a set of train cars that I have used over and over ever since. Last year, I learned a new-to-me song in a Cen Campbell webinar that goes great with these pieces, too.

Now I’ve learned ANOTHER new song from Flannel Friday! Lucy at In the Children’s Room posted about adapting a song called “This Little Train.” The post is a couple years old, but thanks to the magic of the Flannel Friday Pinterest board pinners, I found it when I needed it!

I wanted to adapt it, in turn, to match my own train cars.

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So here’s what I came up with! It’s to the tune of “This Old Man.”

This little train, painted gray
Takes us places far away
With a choo, choo, clicky-clack, hear the whistle blow
This little train goes rolling home

This little train, painted black
Keeps us chugging down the track
With a choo, choo, clicky-clack, hear the whistle blow
This little train goes rolling home

This little train, painted white
Keeps things cold both day and night
With a choo, choo, clicky-clack, hear the whistle blow
This little train goes rolling home

This little train, painted blue
It has seats for me and you
With a choo, choo, clicky-clack, hear the whistle blow
This little train goes rolling home

This little train, painted red
Is where the engineer goes to bed
With a choo, choo, clicky-clack, hear the whistle blow
This little train goes rolling home

If you can write a verse for the green car, I am all ears.

The only thing I could come up with was,

    This little train, painted green
    Has the best graffiti you’ve ever seen

…which I thought left a little to be desired.

ANYWAY, I used this in a Family Storytime with a Things That Go theme, and I forgot how much fun it is to sing the tune for This Old Man, and I had a hoot. Thanks for the inspiration, Flannel Friday!

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6 Responses to Inspired by Flannel Friday! This Little Train

  1. Melody says:

    This little train painted green
    Rolls on by the field and stream

  2. Awnali Mills says:

    This little train, painted green
    Hauls good things like rice and beans
    With a choo, choo, clicky-clack, hear the whistle blow
    This little train goes rolling home

  3. Vicki Kouchnerkavich says:

    This little train, painted green
    It carries things(stuff) that can’t be seen.

  4. Shannon says:

    This little train, painted green,
    Holds more boxes than you’ve ever seen?

  5. Melissa says:

    You are all GENIUSES. Thank you!!!

  6. Trista says:

    This little train, painted green
    Has the prettiest sheen you’ve seen
    With a choo, choo, clicky-clack, hear the whistle blow
    This little train goes rolling home

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