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Friday, April 19, 2013

Little Red Caboose

Little Red Caboose is based on a popular children's book about, well, a little red caboose.  It was first published in 1953 by Marian Potter and has since turned into a popular children's song.  It is a great song to use while focusing on transportation, the color red, and coordination.

I've used the song from the CD collection, Best of the Best Preschool Play Songs.  The song starts out slow and gets faster and faster.  It's a great way for children to recognize the change in dynamic and keep up with the faster pace.

Recently, I found Laurie Berkner's version of Little Red Caboose and love it!  There are different colors used for the caboose besides just red.  I decided to make felt cabooses as a visual and attach them to a felt board.

I drew a rough template of a caboose on a red felt piece and then copied it onto the other colors of felt.  I cut out white felt squares and black felt circles and hot glued them onto the caboose.

It's a great visual for younger 1 year olds and babies.  For children older than that, you can make a pretend track on the floor using painter's tape and "chug" along the track to the beat of the song.

You can find the lyrics to Laurie Berkner's version of Little Red Caboose here.
You can find the song on Laurie Berkner's Buzz Buzz album here.

Happy Chuggin'!

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