A week of trains

Last week was a very train themed one.  Seb requested a trip to the National Railway Museum in York and we thought, why not?

Both of my boys love trains, our wooden trainset is out most days and we have quite a big collection of it. Alex has an attraction to Thomas the Tank Engine, he always homes in on the toys when out and wants to read the books daily.

We got the train into York and that was an adventure in itself, as Seb has only been on a train once before and Alex has never been on one before. They were excited about everything, the station, the buying tickets and waving at people while we waited on the platform. As an adult we don’t take much notice when travelling but looking through a child’s eyes it can be the most exciting thing ever!

We got onto the train and they loved watching out of the windows and going through the tunnels(there is a long one just outside of Leeds).

The National Railway Museum is right by the train station so we walked over and were immersed straight into a train lovers dream. We started with the royal trains which are always interesting, Seb was quite taken with the idea of bathrooms and bedrooms on a train and then we saw the mail train which you can look inside. royal train national railway museum

mail train national railway museumThen we moved into the main hall which is huge. We got there just in time to seen a demonstration of the huge turntable which was pretty cool to see. turntable national railway museumThe trains in the hall dwarfed us and it was fun looking at the trains of different ages and from different countries. Seb was particularly excited to see the Japanese bullet train  which we were able to go inside of as we recently did a mini project about Japan. bullet train national railway museum

Chinese train national railway museumAlex loved the model trains and we watched them for ages  before heading to the indoor play area.model trainsThere is so much more to see at the museum than I have shown here, it is well worth a visit.

I wanted to extend on our trip to the museum so downloaded the train station role play pack from Twinkl and set it up in our living room and we have been playing with it ever since. Not only it isis fun to role play but Seb was looking at times, money and some UK Geography as we were taking about places we could buy tickets to. #100homeeddays role play

twinkl play train tickets

twinkl train station role playWe even did some train themed addition worksheets(also from Twinkl). As you can see there has been a lot of train love and I’m sure it is a topic we will revisit in more depth at a later date.

**The Twinkl resources were part of a review I wrote on my other blog They Grow So Quick **


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