Decorating for a Thomas the Train party is as easy as making child-size replicas of the colorful train and his friends. The replicas can serve as decor, a game and party favors. For a game, let the kids step inside them and hold them as they march around a track on the floor. They can play modified versions of Red Light, Green Light and Simon Says as they march around. Have the trains sitting around the room for decorations and send them home as favors.
Items you will need
- Computer paper box
- Box cutter
- Yard stick
- Bulletin board paper
- 12-inch circle of white cardboard
- Markers or crayons
- Masking tape or chalk
Cut the bottom out of a computer paper box with a box cutter. If the box has a lid you can just take the lid off and turn it over. Cut an 11-inch square in the center of the top of the box. Use a yard stick to measure the 11-inch sides of the square. This will leave a 4-inch lip on each side of the opening on top the box next to each of the short ends of the box.
Wrap the box with blue bulletin board paper as if you were wrapping a gift. Tuck the edges inside and tape them with clear tape or masking tape. Bulletin board paper is available at school supply stores.
Cut out a rectangle for a hand hold 1/2 inch below the top edge of the box in the center of each of the long sides. The rectangle should be 3 inches long and 1 inch high.
Draw Thomas the Train's face on a 12-inch circle of white cardboard with markers or crayons and tape it to one of the short ends of the box.
Make one of Thomas' friends for each guest in the same way you made Thomas. Use different colors of bulletin board paper as required. James is a red engine. Percy is green.
Make a circular track for the kids to walk on on the floor inside by putting down strips of masking tape for the rails and ties. Use chalk to draw a track outside.
Tips & Warnings
- The cardboard circles sold at cake decorating supply stores make perfect train faces.
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