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Train Safety Lessons: Make a Candy Train

written by: Laurie Patsalides • edited by: Benjamin Sell • updated: 2/14/2012

Students will learn basic railroad safety and about railroad crossing signs. When teaching about trains, here is a fun extension of the learning by making an edible candy train for students to enjoy.

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    Railroad Safety

    As part of a health and safety curriculum. Read the book I Read Signs, by Tana Hoban. Discuss train safety with students. Look at a railroad sign in the book and discuss it's meaning, Railroad Crossing. Tell the students to obey the railroad crossing bars (gates) and lights, by staying back from a train. Tell them to be sure to wait until the bars are up before crossing and to look both ways before crossing the railroad tracks. Never attempt to cross the train tracks when the bars or gates are in motion. For more train lesson plans, please read more here.

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    Train Safety Signs

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    Candy Train

    In celebration of a train unit, as a gift or craft make these easy, edible trains with students to enjoy.

    Materials Needed:

    • Marshmallow Fluff
    • Plastic Bowls
    • Plastic Knives (to spread)
    • Cardboard cut into 4 x 6" pieces- 1 for each student
    • Tin foil
    • Lifesavers- 1 package per student
    • Packs of stick gum- 1 package per student
    • Rolo Candy- 1 large bag
    • Caramels- 1 large bag
    • Peppermint candies- 1 large bag
    • Hershey's Kisses- 1 large bag

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    Assemble the Candy Train

    To begin, give each student a piece of cardboard and a piece of tin foil. Have the students cover the cardboard with the tin foil. Demonstrate how to do this. Separate the Marshmallow Fluff into bowls for students to share. Discuss the safety practices needed in using a plastic knife. Demonstrate proper handling of the plastic knife. Also show the students how to use a thick amount of Marshmallow Fluff, and not to overdo it. Marshmallow Fluff will also dry rather quickly.

    1. Using the Marshmallow Fluff as the glue, "glue" Lifesavers pack to the wide, flat side of the gum pack. Set aside to harden.
    2. "Glue" the wide end of 1 piece of Rolo to the left end of the Lifesavers. Set aside to harden.
    3. "Glue" the caramel to the top right of the Lifesaver roll (farthest from the Rolo)
    4. "Glue" 2 peppermint candies to each side of the gum pack to make wheels. Set aside to harden.
    5. "Glue" 1 Hershey's kiss to the top left side of the Lifesaver.

    The finished project will resemble the one pictured in the Polar Express.512RPMAH7FL SL500 AA240 When finished with the project, chart a summary of train safety with the students.

    Reference: Recipe modified for a classroom, Heavenly Dishes (1999)

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    More train lesson plans and crafts can be found here on Bright Hub!

    The Little Engine that Could

Train Lessons

Follow through the series of lesson plans below, to teach about transportation the whole year long.
  1. A Lesson on Diversity with The Polar Express
  2. A Transportation Graphing Lesson
  3. Train Safety Lessons: Make a Candy Train
  4. Emergent Readers: The Little Engine that Could

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