Old Tracks, New Tricks, by Jessica Petersen is a new book recently published about old train tracks who learn how to do new tricks. Here is a counting printable and more activities to go with the book.
About the Book: Old Tracks, New Tricks
In the story, Old Tracks, New Tricks, children will get new ideas for ways to use train tracks. You can add other materials to them, such as blocks or Legos. You can even decorate the wooden pieces like a craft activity. Since the set of train tracks in my classroom belong to my school, I would only let kids decorate any broken track pieces that we would otherwise throw away.
Below, I’ve provided links to other blogs with some great ideas for using this book as inspiration with children. I have also created a set of counting mats to go with the book.
How to Use the Track Tricks Counting Mats
To use these Track Trick counting mats, kids will use the wooden train tracks to duplicate the design they see in the picture. The train tracks can be laid out on the floor (they don’t have to be stacked standing up). After kids have copied the track trick, they will count the train track pieces to see how many are in the design.
There are mats for each number 1-10.
Download the Track Tricks Counting Printable
Note: This is a FREE printable. Just click to download.
Download: Track Tricks Counting Mats
You can buy the book on Amazon.com – just click the cover (affiliate link):
Links to More Activities
Train Track Word Building, from Cutting Tiny Bites
Alphabet Train Tracks, from Teaching Mama
Wooden Train Track Dominoes, from Craftulate
Train Track Letter Formation Printable, from Miniature Masterminds
Train Play, from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Train Printables and Activities, from Old Tracks, New Tricks