Thomas is a book-based property with an immense library of titles. Use your child’s love of the characters and world in the television series to inspire a lifelong love of reading and words. In addition to reading books, you can play this classic word game with a Thomas twist! It can be age-graded to your child’s reading level by changing the words.
Time: As long as you want to play!
- Two players (one adult/caregiver and one Thomas-loving child)
- Blank sheets of paper
- Pencils, pens and colored markers
- Start the game by choosing a secret word your child knows how to spell (clues can always be given along the way).
- Note: You can choose Thomas-inspired words that your child has seen in his favorite books, such as ENGINE, BLUE, TRACKS, LINE, STOP, THOMAS or PERCY (or other favorite engines).
- For young children, you can start off by using sight words. Sets of words that rhyme create opportunities for more word play (e.g., SUN, FUN and RUN or CAT, HAT and RAT).
- Place a dash on the bottom of the piece of paper for each letter of the secret word.
- Draw tracks along the piece of paper and the background of Tidmouth Sheds.
- Invite your child to guess letters in your secret word. For each letter he guesses correctly, fill in the dash corresponding to the letter.
- For each letter your child guesses and misses, draw a part of Thomas on the track – his body, wheels, piston, steam pipe, facial features or number.
- Challenge your child to guess your secret word before the image of Thomas is complete!