We LOVED this book by Joshua Prince! I loved reading it, and Jillian loved having it read to her.
It's about a railroad switch operator named Jack who sees an ant headed the wrong way on a the railroad track. He tries to flip the switch so the ant and the oncoming train don't have a run-in with one another, but can't do it. At the end, the ant is attracted to Jack's lunch and leaves the track on his own, and they share lunch together.
I helped Jillian make a railroad track for our stArt project. I drew two lines on a piece of construction paper and helped her color some popsicle sticks brown to make the railroad ties. Then I let her glue the ties on the "rails".
While she was busy making the ties, I grabbed a few black pompoms, hot glued them together, and added some googly eyes. A black pipe cleaner cut into pieces made the ant's legs and antennae.
I don't think she loved this craft, but she did get really excited when she glued the ties on the rails. She liked the ant I made best of all!
For more story + art ideas, check out A Mommy's Adventures!