Choo-Choo goes the SHAPE train!

Freight trains are used to transport cargo. Trundling down the track, a typical usually nondescript freight train is made beautiful in the book Freight Train by Donald Crews using bright bold colors. As the train gathers speed, it hurtles through tunnels, over bridges, through night and day until, as trains do, it disappears.

Based on:

Freight Train illustrated by Donald Crews


  • Colored paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crayons


Learn about shapes and colors

Going About Your Artwork
Cut several large and small shapes: circles, rectangles, squares, triangles. Draw a long line slightly above the bottom of the paper for your train track. You can also cut and glue a long line. Glue different shapes above the line, leaving space for the train wheels. Continue to glue down the shapes until you have a long train. Add circles for wheels, squares for windows, a smoke stack on the engine, a triangle on the front of the train for a cattle guard, and don’t forget the caboose! Add other windows, smoke, trees, sky, fences, anything you can imagine with crayons. Choo-Choo....

Extension Activity
Add counting activities for lower elementary grades, while upper elementary grades can learn about trains and the mechanics that drive them. Locomotive by NCCIL artist Brian Floca is a great starting point and resource for such activities.