If your house is anything like mine you have a bunch of sad train tracks that are long forgotten and collecting dust. Trains and tracks had a short play life in my home and they were doomed to basement storage. We were recently given the book Old Tracks, New Tricks, and I was instantly smitten. My girls were hesitant as they have not been train fans in years, but they love books so they were on board. (or should I say “All aboard!” Couldn’t resist.) Old Tracks, New Tricks embraces the idea that train tracks can be for more than chugging those little trains along. Before I even closed the book my girls were on a hunt for our box of trains inspired by so many of the ideas in this book. Today we are sharing these Train Tracks Inspired Drawing Prompts.
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WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE TRAIN TRACKS INSPIRED DRAWING PROMPTS
the book Old Tracks, New Tricks- buy the book here‘
train tracks- if you don’t have some here is a great starter set
large piece of paper- highly recommend buying a roll of this white butcher paper – we use it almost every day
markers, crayons or these paint sticks – they are awesome!
HOW TO MAKE THE TRAIN TRACKS INSPIRED DRAWING PROMPTS
Begin by putting out a large piece of paper. We roll out the butcher paper and cut a large piece off. My daughter was inspired by the train tracks trees. We created one on top of the paper as one of our Train Tracks Inspired Drawing Prompts. Paint sticks were the perfect addition to this invitation to create.
That is the only prep necessary. Now it’s time to create. My daughter and I began the mural and within 1 minute my other two children and husband were on the ground drawing. Eek! Love when that happens! It’s such a magical feeling.
My daughter loved the creation so much she was saying she wished we had glued it on a canvas. I love that idea! We might have to do that next for some cool wall art.
What I loved most about this experience is how energized my family felt as we were working and how this drawing prompt inspired more creative thinking. My kids started looking at these tracks, oh so forgotten until this day, in such new and interesting ways. And all because we opened the pages of the book Old Tracks, New Tricks. Now that is the magic of a book.